The Colour Orange

The Colour Orange

In this colour article we take a look at the less-than-usual colour orange. Distinctive in curries, pastas and in a few fruits and vegetables, orange is a colour that people can't take their eyes off. This is great when it's intended, but becomes a massive problem when a stain appears, especially on a white shirt! Generally, orange is a stain that you might pick up from food, so to prevent them from occurring we recommend tactically placed napkins, but they can't be guaranteed to catch every flick of spaghetti, or spill of tikka masala, so you might need a little more help than just that. Here are our orange stain removal tips for you.

Pasta Sauces

However you cook it, pasta sauces can turn a distinctive orange, particularly when mixed with pasta, spices and other ingredients. Fortunately it's easily beatable with Vanish.

  • Flush the area with cold water as soon as you can. This will stop the stain from setting.
  • As with any stain, dab away with a paper towel to absorb as much as you can.
  • Then, soak with Vanish for up to an hour, followed by a quick wash.


Curry powder, cumin, paprika, saffron, and more, all spices that can leave at best a light sprinkle on your shirt, but at worst can mix in with the fabric and become pretty tough to remove.

For starters, try not to be dramatic when cooking! Spills can easily happen though, so if your clothing is attacked by a spice-filled dish, take a look at our tips:

  • Curry stains need to be pre-treated with Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder. On the stain, mix 30g of powder with a lid full of water to create a paste.
  • Rub the solution into the stain, and leave it for five minutes.
  • Then wash as usual. Voila!


Oranges were always bound to feature in this article, but what about tangerines, clementines and mandarins? All have their distinct differences (for instance, clementines are seedless, and mandarins are easy to peel), yet the juice of each will leave a bright orange mark on any piece of clothing you might be wearing. The juiciest, while bursting with flavour, may be the ones to watch for the most, so peel and eat with care. As for our stain removal tips? Here they are:

  • Blotting a stain immediately after receiving it, and drawing the juice away from the fabric is a great way to pull a lot of the excess moisture away, preventing its spread.
  • Like with pasta, it's good to soak the garment or fabric, with Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder. Fully dissolve 30g of Vanish into 7 litres of warm water (max 40 degrees) and leave to soak for a maximum of 2 hours. After soaking wash as usual with your regular detergent.

Always follow the usage instructions on the Vanish packaging. Do not use on wool, silk or leather. Do not soak metal buttons or zippers. Always follow washing instructions on the garment or fabric care label.