Thursday, November 12, 2015

Laundry Stain Removers

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Truthfully, I don't want to purchase a zillion different products to do the laundry. Doing laundry should be simple not complicated. I stock an all purpose laundry detergent, bleach (for whites, though I use it sparsely) and Woolite (for hand washing delicates). Sometimes I also add a cup of white vinegar along with laundry detergent to the wash. I buy everything in big sizes, so I don't have to return to the store too soon to restock.

Furthermore, you can save time and money by making some of your own spot removers, as well as, fabric softener.

Quick Spot Remover: If you act fast, you can get most stains out of a shirt, like a spot of tomato sauce or cranberry juice with a dab of dish washing soap and water; or a splash of seltzer water. Get up from the table immediately and run to a sink before the stain has a chance to dry.

If you need to soak a garment overnight to remove a tough stain, such as wine, blood or grass that has already set in, I like this DIY solution --

Heavy duty stain remover:
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1/4 cup of baking soda

1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup of hot water
(I sometimes add a bit of liquid soap to the mix for good measure.)


1) Mix together; 2) rub into the stain; 3) let set overnight; 4) laundry the next day.

Extra tip: Blood is a protein stain, so if you have meat tenderizer in your spice rack, sprinkle it on the stain to help remove it. Always use cold, not hot water on blood stains.

After reading that clothes get cleaner without fabric softener, I stopped using it. Reportedly, fabric softer builds up on clothing, then later dirt clings to it. However, for die hard fabric softener users, there's no need to buy it. Your hair conditioner does the job. Add 2-3 capfuls of any brand of hair conditioner to the raise cycle; or to a sock and throw into the dryer, as you would softener dryer sheets. 

Alternatively, regular or wool dryer balls will prevent static cling, as will a safety pin pinned to a sock or wash cloth. (BTW, synthetic fibers (polyester, rayon, acrylic) produce static cling, not natural fibers (cotton, linen, wool); therefore a fabric softener does nothing for a load of cottons.)

Here are several more household cleaners you can make yourself cheaply with greener ingredients you probably already have at home. Keep the process and products simple, so you're not always running to the store!

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