Make Your Own Laundry Stain Remover

These days, there are very few products that I am absolutely brand loyal to. One of them is Shout stain removal spray. Or should I say “was”.

I’m on a mission to save money on cleaning supplies, plus use more natural ingredients. So I headed to the library and found this book:

It contained all sorts of recipes and ideas to make homemade versions of typically store bought stuff. From beauty products, stuff for babies and pets, food recipes – you name it and it’s probably in there.

I’ve been using many of the concoctions that I’ve made for more than two months now. Almost all of them have worked as good as or even better than the store bought version.

Homemade Stain Remover

1/3 C ammonia

1/2 C white vinegar

1/4 C baking soda

2 T liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s from Target)

6 C warm or hot water

Using a funnel, pour all ingredients into a clean gallon milk jug. Shake well.

Write the contents on the milk jug with a permanent marker. It goes without saying, but keep out of children’s reach.

Transfer the mixture to an empty spray bottle. (I get mine at the dollar store).

Write the instructions directly on the bottle:  Shake well. Spray on stain. Let sit for three to five minutes. Launder as usual.

For tough stains, you may need to let it sit for longer or treat it a couple of times.

This stuff rocks! It has taken out blood, grease, grass stains and salsa.

I was even able to save our white bathroom rug that had a little bit of (um…how shall I say it) number 2 on it. Yeah, it’s that good.

Couple of notes:

  • Test a small out-of-sight area of the fabric first for colorfastness.
  • The up front cost for the ingredients is expensive at first, especially for the liquid castile soap. Target sells it for $9 for the smaller bottle. However, the bottle lists 18 different uses for it. A little goes a long way so the bottle will last a long time.

So there you have it. When you make it, you might feel a little bit like this:

But I guarantee that you will feel like this:

when you can save a garment that you thought was ruined. Enjoy!

Published in: on January 20, 2011 at 1:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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