Last Updated on January 5, 2021
Knowing how to remove stains from clothes and all kinds of fabrics is an essential cleaning skill, especially if you or anyone in your family is very clumsy, and you frequently have to get rid of deep stains on laundry day. Or if you have a baby or a toddler. But don’t worry. You don’t have to spend hours at the supermarket trying to figure out which one of the products on the shelves is the best laundry stain remover you can buy. There are other options that you probably already have somewhere in your house. Unlike most specialized stain removers out there, the alternative cleaning products we are about to show you don’t have any harsh chemicals – and that’s a big advantage considering that some of those components might cause allergic reactions to people with sensitive skin. Here are 6 great natural laundry stain removers you should definitely try:
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1. Distilled white vinegar
You’ve probably come across many blogs and websites suggesting cider vinegar as a great overall cleaning solution. And it for sure is. But for this specific purpose, distilled white vinegar is so much better. It is cheap, effective, and very gentle on clothes. It can be used to remove underarm perspiration stains and mildew stains, plus, it’s acid enough to remove stains caused by some chemical residues. All this while keeping the fabric’s natural color, no matter if it is white, dark, or of vibrant color. But wait. There’s more to it! Distilled white vinegar is also great at removing odors, softening clothes, and can even be used to dissolve soap scum and other grime from your washing machine. Just add ¼ to 1 cup of distilled white vinegar into your fabric softener dispenser and watch the magic happen.
2. Baking soda
The good old baking soda is literally one of the most versatile household cleaning solutions. It can be used to clean kitchen surfaces and greasy pans, brighten jewelry, remove odors from the trash can or the fridge, and many other things. The best part is that you certainly already have it in one of your kitchen cabinets. Being a mild alkaline compound, baking soda is especially effective at removing grease and oil stains, as well as the so-called bio stains (like feces and vomit). Mix 1 cup of baking soda with ½ cup of water to create a paste-like cleaning solution, apply it to the stain you want to get rid of, and gently rub it. Before washing, let it sit for a couple of hours. Keep in mind that there might be more effective baking soda cleaning techniques depending on the type of stain.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
This isn’t exactly a natural laundry stain remover per se. But it is a great substitute for chlorine bleach, a much harsher product often used for this exact same purpose. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is an extremely mild form of bleach that can be used to remove mildew, blood, fruits, and dye-transfer stains, among others. It’s also worth mentioning that some precautions need to be taken when using this compound. You must never mix it with ammonia nor vinegar because the reaction between these two substances releases toxic gases that could put your health at risk. You should also test it in an inconspicuous spot on colored clothes to check if it is completely safe to use. To remove stains with hydrogen peroxide, simply pour a small amount of this substance on the stain and let it sit for a dozen minutes or so before washing it as you normally would.
Due to its acidity, lemon juice can be a good ally to remove certain types of stains. Mix 1/3 a cup of lemon juice and 2/3 cup of lukewarm water and use that solution to gently rub the stain until it fades. Once again, wash the fabric as you normally would immediately after. Keep in mind that lemon juice won’t be effective against deep stains. It is just not powerful enough. Depending on the fabric and its color, it can even cause a new stain instead of removing the old one, so you need to be extra careful. Do yourself a favor and test the lemon and water solution on an inconspicuous spot first.
Did you know that plain table salt can remove stains from your clothes? In general, it might not be as effective as some of the other elements mentioned on this list. Still, it is very cheap and can be great in specific situations, such as removing liquid stains (red wine, tomato, juice, etc.). The salt particles can absorb the liquid before it sets into the fabric, making the washing process much easier. First, blot up most of the liquid with paper towels. Then grab a handful of table salt and sprinkle it over the liquid stain. Let it sit for about half an hour and brush it away before washing the piece of clothing – you must wash it right away to avoid white salt stains.
6. Baby powder
Every parent out there knows that baby powder is an amazing product to keep your baby’s sensitive skin in perfect condition. Composed of either talcum or corn starch, baby powder is also great at removing grease stains, one of the most common ones – eating a slice of pizza without getting a drop of grease in your clothes is nearly impossible. Try it out! Here’s how you should proceed: Sprinkle a small amount of baby powder over the grease stain and rub it gently. Remove the excess powder and check if the stain is still there. You may need to repeat this at least once more before washing it.