Homemade laundry stain removers are often as effective as the expensive store-bought stain products - at a fraction of the cost.
So why not give them a try?
Try these homemade laundry stain removers and techniques the next time the kids show up with a splattered sweatshirt.
Or dress. Or jeans. Or...
First, be patient. Zapping a drip, drop, or splat without zapping the fabric itself requires a gentle touch and the patience to repeat a treatment until the blight is lifted.
A turpentine and ammonia mix 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 (or substitute), and apply it directly on the stain.
Let the solution sit on the stain for 8 hours before washing the garment separately from other clothes.
Add one teaspoon of laundry detergent that contains enzymes to one cup of water. This solution is especially for protein-based stains, such as blood and chocolate.
To use, work the solution into the stained area until fully saturated.
Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes. Follow by washing the garment in the warmest wash water temperature the garment can withstand.
No change required here! Just use 3 percent, undiluted hydrogen peroxide.
This an effective homemade laundry stain remover for blood, mold, and mildew 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.
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 off slices of Fels-Naptha bar soap. Add one part soap shavings to ten parts of water. Work the mixture into a paste and apply directly onto stained area. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. Launder as usual.
Use WD-40 full strength, undiluted. Apply to stain, allow to sit for about 15 minutes, and then wash as usual.
After treating stains with homemade laundry stain removers (or any other stain pretreatment), wash the stained-items in the hottest water safe for the fabric, using chlorine bleach, color-safe bleach or bleach alternative and your favorite laundry detergent.