One if the biggest frustrations with cleaning laundry is when you can’t get that stain out of your favorite shirt. It’s also tough to find non-toxic, eco-friendly alternatives to remove stains from clothing. That’s why I’ve put together this guide of the best laundry stain removers.
“Always Have on Hand” All-Purpose Laundry Stain Remover *
This is something you should have readied in a spray bottle. When you’re going to use, give it a good shake, rub thoroughly into the stain and then rinse. Hard dug-in grass stains on white baseball pants are going to be tough to get out, but pen marks, food and your most common problems should not be a problem.
Mix these ingredients:
- 1/2 tsp Liquid Castile Soap
- 3-4 drops of White Vinegar
- 1/2 cup Water
Homemade Oxiclean Stain Remover Ingredients *
Peroxide is a great cleaner and won’t harm your bathroom, your appliances, shower curtain or even outdoor lawn furniture. Peroxide is a bit like bleach, so if you’re going to use it on the laundry – stick with the whites.
Directions: Mix ingredients together and soak laundry in the mixture for 20 minutes or overnight. For mold and mildew on furniture and the bathroom, you can spot spray with it from a spray bottle. Wash as usual. Store your mixture in a dark container, as light will reduce the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide.
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
- 1/2 cup Washing Soda
Laundry Brightener Bleach Alternative (for whites) *
- A Few Slices of Lemon or Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
Place lemon/lemon juice in a medium pot of boiling water with your dingy socks or other whites and boil for about 5 minutes. It’s best to only do a small amount at a time. Let cool, wring out water from clothes and then line-dry or use a drying rack.
Rubbing a little lemon juice into a stubborn stain also works as a great spot remover. Rub your lemon into the stain, let sit for a couple of minutes and then wash normally.
Eco-Friendly Fabric Softener and Odor Eliminator *
Use 1 cup of white vinegar in your rinse cycle, and it acts as a natural fabric softener. It also eliminates static in the drying routine and eliminates odors. So if you let that load sit too long in the washing machine, just run it through another wash routine with a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle.
Clothing Stain Removal Guide *
Grease - To remove a grease stain from light-colored fabric, apply dry cornmeal to the grease spot and let sit for 20 minutes. Shake off the cornmeal into the trash, and your grease stain should be gone!
Blood - Immediately spit on the spot, as your own saliva will help break up the blood. Then use cold water, a dash of salt and a little elbow grease to completely eliminate a blood stain.
Red Wine - If you have some white wine available, apply that to your red wine stain. Then sprinkle salt liberally all over the stain and rinse immediately while you rub the stain out.
Chocolate - Rinse the stain thoroughly with cold water from the back.
Gum - Freeze with an ice cube and remove.
Makeup - Makeup can be easily removed with detergent, but you can also use the all-purpose liquid castile soap laundry stain remover as described above.
*Always test a small hidden area of clothing with any of these recipes to make sure that clothing will not be damaged.
These are the eco-friendly methods I use to eliminate stains from my pile of laundry. What are some of the best laundry stain removers that you use in your home?