Homemade laundry stain removers are often as effective as - if not more so - than the expensive store-bought remedies when it comes to tough stains.
Ingredients you'll need for these at home stain remover recipes include:
The next time you have difficult stains to remove, give an alternative stain remover you can make yourself at home a try.
This turpentine and ammonia stain remover recipe is one of the best ways to remove blood, grease, and oil-based paint stains.
To make this stain treatment, simply combine equal parts household ammonia and turpentine, and apply it directly on the stain. Let sit for 8 hours before washing the treated garment separately from other clothes.
Enzymes in detergents help remove protein-based stains, such as blood and chocolate, which makes for an especially effective stain treatment.
To make this simple but effective homemade stain remover, mix one teaspoon of enzyme detergent into one cup of water.
Work the solution into the stained area until fully saturated, and allow to sit for 10- to 15 minutes. Wash as usual in the warmest wash water temperature the garment can withstand.
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Make this homemade grease remover by mixing one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to one cup of water. Treat the spot by applying the stain treatment directly on the stain; allow to sit for 30 minutes. If a ring or slight stain remains, feather the edges or spotty areas with a cloth dampened with hydrogen peroxide. Rinse thoroughly with clear, cool water.
Three-percent, undiluted hydrogen peroxide is an effective bleach alternative for getting out really tough stains. 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.
To use, shave thin slices from the Fels-Naptha bar. Add one part soap 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.
Let stand 10 minutes. Turn the garment over and spray the underside as well. Allow to sit another 10 minutes.
After treating stains with homemade laundry stain removers, always wash clothes in the hottest water safe for the fabric, using chlorine bleach, color-safe bleach or bleach alternative and your favorite laundry detergent.