We all want to leave our world a little better than we found it. That means reducing the harmful toxins and chemicals we put into our atmosphere and waterways. When you use all natural cleaners, you are protecting the environment for your family and for future generations. This includes laundry soaps and laundry stain removers. The best way to know exactly what is in the products you use is to make your own natural cleaners.
Why Make Your Own Laundry Stain Remover
The government does not require that laundry companies list all the ingredients in their products. Stain removers especially use harsh chemicals to make the laundry process as quick and easy as possible. However, these toxic products stay in the clothes and rub against not only your skin, but your family as well. The stain remover that does wash out goes into your local waterways and builds up over time, harming the wildlife and plants.
Making your own laundry stain remover ensures that you are using only natural products. In addition, making your own stain remover is far cheaper than any products on the market today.
A Miracle Stain Remover
Some stains are easy to treat with just straight white vinegar. Clothes that have armpit stains are a prime example. Just spray with vinegar and add to your regular laundry. The vinegar takes care of any odor, discoloration, and any deodorant residue.
Other stains are more difficult. Grass, oil, wine, and dried blood are more difficult to remove. However, it’s easy to treat these difficult stains with a simple homemade laundry stain remover. Simply combine:
– 1 Tablespoon baking soda
– 4 Tablespoons dish soap (preferably dye free)
– 8 Tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
This will result in a fairly thick paste. Apply it directly to the stain and gently work it in with an old toothbrush or your fingers. Let it sit for a minimum of 15 minutes up to an hour, then wash as usual.
There is a natural reaction between the hydrogen peroxide and the baking soda that releases oxygen. Mix these two together and wait a few minutes for the oxygen to dissipate before you add the soap. Another option is to mix just the hydrogen peroxide and the soap together. Sprinkle the baking soda on the stain then spray with the soap mixture.
Hydrogen peroxide loses it’s effectiveness when exposed to sunlight (that’s why it is sold in a dark bottle). Either keep your mixture in a dark area, store it in a dark container, or make it in a small enough batch that you don’t keep it for very long.
This homemade stain remover truly works on everything – grass, oil, wine, and blood included. The best part is that you know exactly what you are using and there are no toxins involved. As an added benefit, this homemade stain remover costs mere pennies compared to the expense treatments in the stores. Make your own stain remover, and you will never pay for expensive toxins again!