Unless you’re a glutton for punishment, laundry does not top your list of hobbies. It’s a necessary evil, especially if you have kids who, as you know, are Olympic gold medalists in Stain Creation.
While the chemicals in conventional laundry stain treatment solutions get the tough stains out, they are also some of the most toxic cleaning products available. Many contain harsh detergents, solvents, chemicals like sulfates and parabens, as well as a host of artificial colors and scents.
Fortunately, there are plenty of safe alternatives that will not put your health (or the health of our planet) at risk. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common types of stains and how to tackle them.
Ink or Paint
Soak in rubbing alcohol for half an hour then rinse with cool water.
Oil & Grease
To start, sprinkle the area with dry baking soda to absorb any loose oil or grease. Brush off. Next, soak in undiluted white vinegar for 15 minutes, rinse, and scrub with liquid dish soap before tossing in the washing machine.
Let the mud dry completely before brushing off what you can. Combine borax and water to make a paste, scrub into the stain, and then wash immediately.
Scrub with liquid dish soap, let sit overnight, then wash.
Coffee or Tea
If you have the time to tend to it right when the spill happens, immediately pour boiling water over the stain until it rinses out. If the stain is already set, scrub with a paste of borax and water, then wash immediately.
Blot with white vinegar directly on the stain and wash immediately.
Protein-Based Stains like gelatin, glue or egg.
This also includes bodily fluids (vomit, poop, blood): AVOID WARM WATER! This will only make the stain and smell set in. Soak in cool water and then wash with an added mixture of ½ cup hydrogen peroxide and ½ cup of baking soda in the washing machine.
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