#1. Everyday Stains – Make your own Oxy-Clean spray. This is a huge money saver and can be used to take out almost any stain. If you made your our laundry soap you should have the washing soda on hand. Mix 1 cup of water with 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Dissolve 1/2 cups of washing soda in the water/peroxide mix. Put it in a spray bottle and fill with water. I re-used my Oxy Clean spray bottle and my label maker to put the recipe right on the bottle so I don’t have to look it up every time I make a new batch. This is super on organic (food, mud, grass, etc) stains.
#2. Sweat Stains – As summer approached, sweat stains become more common. First be sure to avoid heat! Don’t wash in hot water and don’t dry your item. Here are several ways to remove under-arm sweat stains
- Make a paste of 4 tbsp. baking soda mixed with water. This should be thick and spreadable. Use a stiff nylon laundry brush to scrub the paste into the stain. Let it sit for 1 hour. Wash in cold water and line dry to make sure the stain is gone. Repeat if needed.
- Oxy-Clean pray you made in #1. That will take out lighter stains.
- White vinegar or vodka may also take the stain out.
- Soaking in hydrogen peroxide for 15-30 minutes will also break down a sweat stain.
- Cascade brand dishwasher powder scrubbed into the stain may also remove it.
#3. Grease – Grease stains can be exceptionally difficult to get out of clothes.
- Put 1-2 drops of Dawn brand dishwashing liquid directly onto the stain. Let it sit for 15 minutes to overnight and then wash. Line dry to make sure the stain has come out and repeat if needed.
- Vinegar naturally cuts grease. Try soaking the grease stained fabric in vinegar. But be careful! White vinegar can take color out and cider vinegar can dye fabric. Always test on an inconspicuous area.
- Lava brand soap is made to cut heavy grease and grim in the shop and it will work to remove grease stains on durable fabric. Do not use this on delicate fabrics.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and let it sit so that the baking soda absorbs the grease.
#4. Grass Stains – The best thing to remove grass stains will be the Oxy Clean mix you made in #1. If you use detergent ERA or any color-safe bleach will also cut these stains. Rinse well with cold water and line dry to make sure the stain has been removed.
#5. Ink or Dry Erase Marker – These stains are common for businessmen, teachers, and students. The trick here is alcohol and blotting. Never rub as it will spread the stain. Saturate the stain with rubbing alcohol, hairspray, or hand sanitizer. With a towel under the stain, take a second towel and blot the stain. Repeat (sometimes many, many times) to remove the stain. At the end you can also use a stiff laundry brush on sturdy fabric to help lift the stain.
TIP – Keep a dry-erase marker with a magnet on your washing machine. As people bring in stained clothes, write down the item and the stain so that stains don’t get missed or set in through drying.