Wish you all a very Happy, Safe and Clean Holi!! Why clean? Let me tell you a little story. I had just finished my 12th Standard Board papers and the festival of colors, Holi was upon us. On Holi, my newly married cousin, his bride and her friends and family visited us “unannounced” to play with colors. As my younger siblings were still writing their exams and did not want to waste time on playing and later on removing Holi colour from the skin for hours, my mother offered me as the sacrificial goat. Yes, that’s true. My exams were already over. I could easily afford to spend a couple of hours in the bathroom to scrub myself clean. So, I went out of the home and they all attacked me with all the color powder that you might have seen and not seen.
To cut the story short, I must have spent at least 3 hours in the bathroom trying to remove Holi colour from the skin. At one point, I had even used kerosene on my skin as some color refused to get off. When I stepped out of the bathroom, I was still showcasing the colors of the rainbow and some more. Since that day, I have become very conscious of what I apply on my skin or my daughter’s skin before we step out to play Holi.
Here are a few preventive measures so that you don’t have to scrub and scrub hard to remove Holi colour.
- Oil yourself well. From head to toe, immerse yourself in oil. I use coconut oil. As your scalp is well oiled, the colors stick to the oil and then get off easily with shampoo. The same applies to your skin too.
- Slather petroleum jelly. On your face and feet, slather petroleum jelly or cold cream. They work better than even oil.
- Apply nail paint. Apply nail paint so that the color don’t stick to your nails.
- Wear full sleeves. I make my daughter wear something that is full sleeved and reaches to her ankles. The lesser skin on display, the lesser the color on her skin.
However, if you have forgotten to take the above measures before stepping out for Holi playing, then these are the tips on how to remove Holi colour from the skin:
Dust away Holi colour: If you want to remove gulal from the face, instead of washing with water, try to dust it away with hands and use water only in extreme measures. Water only helps spread and stick the color to your skin.
Apply oil: Wondering how to remove permanent colour from your face? Apply mustard or coconut oil on your face and wherever these colors have touched your skin. Don’t massage, just dab it locally. Rinse with warm water.
Use natural remedies: Instead of using soap, use homemade natural face and bath powders. At least for children, it’s recommended. In besan, add yoghurt, turmeric and lemon juice. Apply it all over your body and wash it off with cold to warm water. Use a mixture of yoghurt and lemon juice to remove Holi colour from hair.
Take care: Removing Holi colour from the skin is not a one-day process but may take up to 2 weeks for your skin to heal completely. During this period, refrain from any facial or hair treatment. Instead, use natural remedies to revive your skin and hair. Wash your hair with amla-aritha-shikakai water. Use homemade face and bath powders or ubtans to soothe your skin.
How to remove Holi color from clothes?
Well, that’s a tougher!
- If you want to wear all whites, be prepared that it might be rendered useless by the time you are done playing with Holi colour. However, you can soak it in hot water to which you have added non-chlorine bleach or white vinegar and a good quality detergent. The acid pulls the colour from your clothes. You can ask the laundry guy to bleach it with heavy industrial bleach, but it won’t be the same as before.
- I usually wear old clothes that I can easily discard post playing. But if you don’t want to discard these clothes, soak them in hot water with detergent and lemon juice for a few hours. And then scrub.
- Vanish works well too to remove stains from clothes.
Use these tips and remove Holi colour easily and effortlessly! Play safe and smart and enjoy the festival of colours to the fullest!