11/13/13

Homemade laundry stain remover


When I first started making my own laundry soap, I never thought I'd be able to do without commercial stain remover. But this stain treatment works just as well as commercial stain removers on my clothes—and much, much better with some stains, like yucky armpits.

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Homemade laundry stain remover

2 tablespoons baking soda
2 cups hydrogen peroxide
1.5 cups blue dish soap
1/2 cup water (optional)

Pour all ingredients through funnel into an empty hydrogen peroxide bottle. (Use the water optionally if you want to stretch it a little more.) Cap and shake well to combine. The cap from your bottle of dish soap makes an excellent dispenser; mine fits perfectly.

Use immediately. Dispense generously over stains and rub in with a soft brush (I use a dustpan brush I got at the dollar store). The longer you let it sit, the better it will work. I have let it sit overnight on whites (armpits!) with magical results.

I have never had a problem using it on dark clothes, but since hydrogen peroxide can bleach colors, I would recommend against letting it sit a long time on darks. I usually treat all my stains and then wash the darks first, the lights second, and the whites last.

If I have extra, I usually just throw it in with my load of whites. If you want to keep it for later, it won't work as well. If you do decide to keep it, make sure to vent the lid, as I had mine explode(!) once (it was nothing dramatic; I just found a mess on the shelf a few days later). I make up a fresh batch every week, and I rarely have leftovers.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing.. I will try it..

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  2. You know, I've never tried this. Well, I did once on armpit stains and found it didn't do a thing for me. Maybe it's because they were old?
    So you find you have enough stains to use this on that you use it up in a week?!! 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide and 1.5 cups of dish soap each week? I guess I just don't treat stains much. Only the baby seems to make many and those don't seem to come out no matter what I do. I'm just having a hard time imagining how I'd use that much stain remover in a week's time. Do you treat sweat stains each week so they don't stay and create impossible to remove stains?

    I don't mean to sound critical, I'm just curious as to how you use up that much stain remover in a week. I'll have to try this on some of the baby's stains and see if that helps.

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    1. I use most of it by treating sweat stains/deodorant build-up on our whites. I find I have to use quite a lot and let it sit, and I have to keep at it every week. The first week if there's build-up it might not all go away, but keeping at it, they got much better. Letting it sit overnight is best, but I usually don't plan ahead that much.

      I know I go through a ridiculous amount! But it's the only thing I've found that works for us, so I'm going to keep it up.

      Oh, and I haven't had a baby around since I've tried this, but I've read that it works wonders on baby stains. :)

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    2. I finally remembered to come back and see what you said. Good to know about keeping up on those sweat stains. I'll have to try it on baby stains!

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