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My husband manages a fast food restaurant and between his clothes and my toddler's, we go through stain treatments fairly quickly. Any suggestions for a homemade stain treatment?
Simple Homemade Stain Remover
I use 1 cup Biz and 1 cup of Cascade (dishwasher detergent) in the hottest water in a 5-gallon bucket and usually soak several things at once. It works really well. It has taken out most stains that I have had and it does not hurt if you have to let it set in this a day or two before you wash.
Simple Green Removes Stains
My husband, too, comes home with all kinds of stains. Simple Green is the answer! We buy a big jug of it at Sam's Club for $7.97 and use it for just about everything around the house, including stain treatment. I fill a squirt bottle 1/2 full with Simple Green and 1/2 with water to pretreat stains. Works for mostly everything ... except ink. And wouldn't you know he works at a printing shop! But Simple Green works for just about every other kind of stain ... dirt, grease, food, grass, etc. And that large bottle lasts for months.
A Simple Homemade Stain Remover Recipe
A stain treatment I use is:
- 1 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid
- 1 cup ammonia
- 1 cup water
Put it all in a spray bottle and there you have it!
Recipe as Good as Store Bought
Here's a stain remover that works as well as Oxi-Clean. I've used it forever and am still amazed at how well it works.
- 1/4 Cup Powdered Clorox 2
- 1/4 Cup Powdered Cascade Dishwasher Detergent
- 5 Quarts Hot Water
Just stir this up and let your clothes soak overnight. Be sure to color treat. Dark colors will sometimes run. Otherwise it does work wonders.
409 and Era Removes Stains Together
I have found that an equal part mixture of 409 and Era in a spray bottle is a good stain treatment. Just spray on and wash as usual. You might want to use a scrub brush lightly on stubborn stains.
Book With Homemade Stain Remover Ideas
The book Clean and Green
by Annie Berthold-Bond has an entire index of different homemade stain remedies as well as every other kind of cleaner you might need for your home! At $12.95, the book pays for itself very quickly. There are not many stain treatments that will treat every stain so I love the fact there are different options.
Stain Remover Recipe Passed On
Here is a great stain treatment that a friend's mother taught me. Fill an empty dish-soap bottle as follows:
- 1/3 cup Ammonia
- 1/3 cup Crystal White Dishwashing Liquid
- 1/3 cup Tap Water
Shake gently to mix and prior to using. This mixture works on any washable fabric, and removes basic stains, set-in stains, blood, waste, etc. I pre-treat the stain, rub the mixture in, and wash as usual. This mixture keeps indefinitely, so I usually make a large "batch". Any clean plastic container can be used to store it.
Try Crystal Wash. 1000 loads of laundry - no detergents, no dyes, no chemicals, no perfumes.
Old Style Stain Remover Recipe
I found that I got the best advice for removing stains from The Dollar Stretcher when you advised to treat stains with Goop. You can get it in the automotive section of Wal-Mart. I pre-treat all stains with Goop before I throw them in the hamper and they're all ready to wash when I get a load together.
The stain recipe I used before I discovered this was a homemade recipe of one cup each of powdered Cascade and Clorox II to five gallons of the hottest water to come out of your faucet. Soak several articles overnight, and launder as usual. This mixture can be saved and reused. However, both ingredients are costly and this method is more time consuming and messier than using Goop. Goop is also better for taking out grease, blood and grass stains than this mixture.
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