Homemade laundry stain removers are often as effective as - if not more so - than the expensive store-bought remedies.
Ingredients needed for the 6 laundry pre-treaters below include ammonia, laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, hydrogen peroxide, Fels Naphtha soap, and WD-40. Give these laundry stain removers a spin the next time you're faced with a tough stain removal dilemma.
Ammonia is one of the best back-to-the-basics clothing stain removers.
One caveat here - don't mix ammonia with bleach or other cleaners. The fumes that result are toxic.
Use ammonia for blood stain removal, on grease stains, and on oil-based paint stains. Combine equal amount of household ammonia and turpentine, and apply it to the stain.
Let sit for 8 hours before washing separately from other clothes.
An enzyme detergent stain remover helps remove protein-based stains, such as blood and chocolate. Add one teaspoon of enzyme detergent to one cup of water, and work the solution into the stained area. Let sit for 10- to 15 minutes, and then wash as usual.
Add one teaspoon of hand dish washing liquid to one cup of water. This stain treatment works wonders on grease stain removal, in much the same way dish washing liquid removes grease from dishes. It causes the stain to separate from the surface it is attached to. From there, you can easily rinse the greasy stain away.
Three-percent, undiluted hydrogen peroxide is a great alternative to bleach - and at a fraction of the price. It's also safe for the environment.
Hydrogen peroxide works by breaking down into water and oxygen, and works well as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-mold and anti-mildew cleaner. It's especially effective on blood stain removal.
To use, pour it directly on the stain. Use a toothbrush to gently work it into the fabric. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes, then toss into the washer as usual.
Fels Naptha Soap has been around for more than a century - and is still at the top of its stain treatment game when it comes to oily stains, as well as lipstick, perspiration, chocolate, and baby formula stains.
Shave thin slices from a bar of Fels-Naptha soap. Add one part of shavings to ten parts of water. Work into a paste and apply directly onto stained area. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. Launder as usual.
WD-40, as you probably know, is most at home in garage-related jobs. Since its formulation as a water- and corrosion-preventer in the aerospace industry in 1953, however, WD-40 has been found to have many household uses as well - including as an effective stain treatment for clothes.
It works well on grease stains, crayon, or lipstick stain removal. Use it full-strength, undiluted.
After treating stains with homemade laundry stain removers, always wash clothes in the hottest water safe for the fabric, using chlorine bleach or color-safe bleach and your favorite laundry detergent.
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