Need some stain removers that really work? Check out my go to Natural Stain Removers for Laundry.
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
Those are all of my go to stain removers. Did I miss any? Do you have any favorite natural stain removers?