Does anyone else get crazy satisfaction out of removing tough stains? Like you just slayed the dragon of laundry woes? Maybe it's just me ha…. Well, whether you're seeking stain removal tips out of duty or pleasure you'll be glad you stopped by Mother's Niche.
To remove blood stains use your own saliva. I know, I know… sounds a little kooky but I absolutely swear by it. There are enzymes in your spit that will break down your blood. I learned this hack from my mother who owns a wedding gown business. Over the years there have been a few times when someone pricked their finger with a pin and got a dot of blood on a dress. She would find out which of her seamstresses had been working on that dress and have them spit on it (your saliva won't work on anyone else's blood) and it would come right out every time!
To remove grease stains use dish soap. For some reason Dawn Ultra (the blue kind) seems to work best. Its grease fighting agents go beyond the scope of dirty dishes. Just rub the soap into the grease spot and then throw it in the washing machine. Once that garlic sauce from Papa John's Pizza (talk about greasy) got spilled on my BRAND NEW custom couch covers– I freaked! I was SO relieved when the dish soap took it right out!
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For whitening that works better than bleach use this formula: Combine 48 oz of Cascade powder, a 3lb tub of Oxi Clean White Revive (mix these together and store in a container. Then fill you kitchen sink or a plastic tub with hot, hot tap water. To that water add 1 Cup of the Cascade/Oxiclean mixture, 1 cap-full of Persil Pro White Technology Power Pearls, and 1 Cup of white vinegar. Let sit for 8 hours (stirring occasionally), drain the clothes, put them in the washing machine, and wash (no additional detergent needed). My mother in law turned me on to this concoction and let me tell you, I'll never mess with bleach again. It's perfect for items that you've already washed but that still look dingy. We've saved plenty of items that we were about to throw away because they were so dingy!
To remove pen marks from fabric use hairspray. Just spray and dab with a white paper towel until the pen mark fully disappears.
To remove everyday dirt and food from clothes soak them in Oxi Clean with Odor Blasters and water. I usually let them soak for about a day and then throw them in with my regular wash(and because it has odor blasters your clothes won't get stinky letting them soak that long). I have a toddler and a newborn and this has kept their clothes looking new (even white shorts after we've been to the playground!) It works the absolute best when you can soak them when the stain is fresh but I've had it work on dried junk too. My only warning is not to let your clothes soak for longer than two days. I left a shirt to soak for several days once and it started to remove the color so I stick to two days or less to be safe.
To remove urine, poop, or vomit (and more) use Kids N' Pets cleaner. I seriously don't know how anyone with children or animals survives without this one! The best part? It doesn't just remove the stain, it also removes the foul odor. This also uses enzymes, which eat away ever last bit of those yucky substances so they are truly gone (instead of just covering up the odor). Can we get a round of applause for enzymes please? You can use this on clothes, carpet, couches, mattresses etc. One of my favorite uses is to clean my babies Pack N' play after he spits up in it. You can find it on Amazon, at Wal-Mart on the cleaning aisle, or at the pet store. If you have any remaining poop stains just leave the clothes out in the sun for a couple of hours and the rest will disappear.
Happy stain removing!
What are some of YOUR favorite stain removing hacks?!?