I have a one year old. It goes without saying that I need a good stain remover.
This recipe will probably have my super-crunchy hippie friends hanging their heads in shame, because, yes, it contains blue Dawn dish soap. Judge me all you want, but blue Dawn is crazy awesome at cutting grease, stripping diapers, and apparently removing stains. Who know what noxious chemicals are in that stuff, but you know what, sometimes I just can’t win…
I don’t have time to mix up a multi-step process of spraying vinegar and water, sprinkling baking soda and or washing soda and then scrubbing. Right now, I’m the spray-and-walk-away gal. the best you’re getting from me right now is a spray and a little rub with an old toothbrush. I know what you’re thinking…
But, nope. It’s just laundry. And I’m over it.
The internet and even popular women’s magazines are littered with creative, homemade, DIY stain solutions, and they all have their merits and their downfalls. For me, it want quick, easy, effective and cheap, and if I have to use original blue Dawn sometimes to keep my sanity, well; I’m gonna do it.
Two Ingredient Stain Solution:
That’s it. I’m not kidding. I mixed mine up in a small spray bottle and started attacking a pile of clothes that I had otherwise left for dead. I had a lot of success and was feeling brave so I spot tested an inconspicuous area of carpet for colorfastness. I didn’t see any, so I then attacked a terrible purple stain in my carpet and it literally disappeared before my very eyes. Hence the “amazing” part of the title of this post 🙂
Check out my “before and afters:”
This was one of those sweet grease stains that wasn’t there before you washed your clothes, and them “amazingly” appeared once out of the dryer. Sheesh. Just like my carpet, I spot tested for colorfastness before use.
I sprayed on the stain spray and let it sit for a few hours before laundering. The results were magnificent.
This third one was cod liver oil on Sweet baby’s onesie. One of my favorite onesies infact. This darn thing sat atop her dresser for the past 6 months; due to my reluctance in trying to battle it clean. As you can see from the photo, I may have agitated the stained area a bit too much, but this was a tough, old, set in stain that needed to be put through it’s paces. I sprayed and did some quick scrubbing, and then rinsed in cold water. Then I sprayed again and l left it to soak for a few hours before laundering. The results were brilliant. I waited so long that this onesie doesn’t fit now– unless I have one of these! (In my opinion, bodysuit extenders are a must-have for every frugal baby).
I sort of went bonkers seeking out all of my stained, and mostly beloved articles of clothing. I revived every one that I could. I’m curious to see what other types of stains this stuff can tackle, but so far I have only tried cloth and carpet. For the price that it costs to make; pennies on the dollar, you can’t go wrong. I will spray it on everything
Have you made a DIY stain-remover? Do share your recipe and results with us!
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