Frugal Living: Homemade Stain Remover
Posted: 04/05/11 3:00 PM (Modified: 04/05/11 3:00 PM)
On of our Money Saving Contributors, Jenny from The Peaceful Housewife, is here to bring us the latest in frugal, homemade cleaning products. I know, you're loving her posts so let's get started with this week's Homemade Stain Remover:
Even with the best laundry detergent, tough stains are inevitable, but that doesn’t mean that you have to fork over big bucks or invite harsh chemicals into your home to rid your laundry of your kids’ latest art projects or leftover dinner.
I have two solutions for tough laundry stains for you today, both of which are far less toxic than most commercial stain treatments and are easily made using common items that most people have in their houses.
Stain Treating Gel
Save leftover pieces of soap bars and throw them in an old jelly jar. This is a great use for those last little slivers that aren’t quite big enough to use or those hotel bars of soap. Once the jar is about half full of soap bits, pour boiling water over them and stir them up until they’re melted. It will make this jelly-like paste that you can just rub on stains before washing.
Liquid Stain Treater
Mix 1 cup of hot water with 1/2 cup of baking soda. When baking soda has dissolved, mix in 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Store in a spray container and use as a pre-treater for any heavily soiled or stained items.
These two treatments can be used together – there is no risk of a chemical reaction.
Bonus thrifty points to you if you use old, empty spray bottles and jars. You’ll be saving yourself even more money while doing your part to cut down on waste.
A few bonus tips for this week:
· Straight hydrogen peroxide will remove blood from fabrics.
· Use cold water to rinse out stains; hot water will set the stain in.
· Straight vinegar can be very helpful in removing oil-based stains.
· Dish soap is also great for removing oil-based stains or deodorant stains. Use 1 part dish soap to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. For really tough stains, you can rinse and then apply a paste of baking soda and water and scrub gently with a toothbrush.