Friday, October 19, 2012

Make Your Own Laundry Spot Treatment for Less AND the Wonders of Hydrogen Peroxide

In the last few posts I have written about saving money by making your own laundry detergent - both powdered and liquid. Today I am sharing with you a stain remover that could help keep a few more dollars in your wallet while getting those nasties out of your clothes.

Only 2 ingredients are needed to make a powerful, Oxiclean-like stain remover and laundry booster:
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (which is soda ash, not baking soda)
hydrogen peroxide (3% solution that can be found at the drug or grocery store) 

To brighten a load of laundry, or to treat many stained pieces all at one time, add 1/2 cup of washing soda, 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide, and your regular laundry detergent to the washing machine as it fills with water (as warm at the load can take). Once filled with water, add the dirty/dingy clothes. Let agitate for a minute or two, then turn off and let sit for a while. If it is an extra-dirty or heavily-stained load, let sit for at least 6 hours (or even overnight). Start back up and let run as normal. Clothes should be brighter and (hopefully) stain free.

If you have something that needs pre-treatment, or if you have finished a load and still see a stain on an article, mix 2 parts warm water to one part each washing soda and hydrogen peroxide.  Spray or pour it on the stain as a spot treatment and rub in. Let sit for up to 5 minutes, then launder as usual.

I would suggest that you only make as much of this as needed at any one time. Hydrogen peroxide only stays "active" for 6-8 hours after being exposed to light, which is why it is sold in those familiar ugly brown bottles. You'd think that they could at least add a spiffy looking label, wouldn't you?

Now - a little bonus for being a patient reader and staying with this post thus far: for a greasy stain, mix 1 part Dawn dishwashing liquid to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. Pour on and rub into the stain. Let sit a few minutes, then wash as normal. Buh-bye greasy stain.

As a side note, do you know what a fabulous and versatile product hydrogen peroxide is? It is NOT good to put on cuts or wounds as most people think, because it breaks down healthy tissue along with killing germs. Some of the things you CAN use it (undiluted) for are:

*cleaning and disinfecting your kitchen and bathroom
*cleaning toxic mold in your home or camper
*to make a vegetable and fruit wash to kill bacteria and neutralize chemicals
*to kill germs on your toothbrush
*to kill salmonella and other bacteria on a cutting board after you have washed it
*removing blood stains from clothes and carpet
*diluted with water (50/50), it can even be used to lighten your hair. Just spray and comb into your wet hair for several days and you should see a gradual lightening each day.

More next week as I share with you how to make your own dryer balls. Exciting stuff, huh?!

I really need to get out more....

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