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When I first decided that I didn’t want to put toxins in my laundry (skin can easily absorb poisons), I knew I needed to change my detergent and stain removers. I honestly had no idea where to start. Reading the labels at the grocery store seemed to require a PhD in chemistry! Plus, I have hard water so that makes getting my laundry clean more challenging.
After some research and trial and error, I have now found some stain removers that work and are non toxic. I do use one controversial stain remover (more on that in a minute). But most of the stain removers might surprise you-you probably already own some of them!
First, there are a few things that help clothes to get cleaner in general and help with stain removal.
General Stain Remover Tips
- Use the right amount of water. I have a top loader washing machine and I used to use more water than I needed. I realized that my laundry got cleaner when I used less water. I now set the load size on large instead of super.
- Use the right amount of detergent. My frugal nature thought it was a good idea to save money on laundry by using a small amount of detergent. But, that did not work well for me, especially because I have hard water. So, now I use more and my clothes are cleaner and smell better. This is something that requires some experimentation because sometimes smaller amounts work just as well.
- Some stains require soaking. Many of the stain removers that I am going to mention work even better if they are applied to the stain and than allowed to sit for a while before washing the item.
Natural Laundry Stain Removers
I like to add borax to my wash as a laundry booster. I don’t use it every load but do use it on really dirty and/or stinky loads. Borax helps to soften water and helps my detergent to work better. Borax helps remove stains and odors.
Borax is also controversial. The EWG website had borax as a moderate concern and then changed their rating for borax to an F! I respect a lot of what EWG says, so naturally I was concerned when I heard that. Many people stopped using borax after hearing about the EWG rating. You can read some opinions on borax here, here, and here. I have decided for now that I feel ok using it. I just use caution-I don’t apply it directly to my skin and I am careful not to inhale the dust.
Peroxide works really well as a natural bleach. Of course, it may take the color out of some fabrics. Fruit stains, vegetable stains and blood stains can be scrubbed with a peroxide/baking soda paste. Just plain peroxide can also work well. Simply apply it to the stain and let soak. Repeat as needed.
Vinegar and Dish Soap
I use rubbing alcohol to treat ink stains. I have found it works well for this purpose!
Those are all of my go to stain removers!
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