Let’s skip the obligatory paragraph about how there’s always laundry to do, there are always messes being made that we have to undo…and store bought products can be pricey. Blah blah blah. Fast forward through to THE SCIENCE! (ish)
Here’s the Tightwad recipe. Does any part of that scream red flags at you?! AMMONIA?!?!? No way, not in my house. I mean, hey, there are plenty of arguments for AND against ammonia. What you use in your house is up to you, and none of us will know one way or the other. As for me and my house, we will avoid ammonia.
Step 1: Gather ingredients. I doubled the vinegar to replace the ammonia. (Remember how vinegar is good for basically everything?) The Tightwad recipe calls specifically for Wisk detergent…instead I used my homemade laundry soap.
Breanna’s Homemade Laundry Stain Treatment:
Step 2: Combine ingredients
Step 4.1: (the first step 4 you see…late night typo!) Pour mixture into an empty spray bottle
The next photo is not a step you’ll do on purpose like I did. See, this is where THE SCIENCE comes in! I used an old cloth diaper, and simulated some stains: mustard, jam, bbq sauce and a vinaigrette. I let them sit on the fabric for about 3 minutes.
Step 4.2: I used a damp sponge to remove as much of the products as possible, the way you’d likely try to wipe/blot something off of your shirt once you realize it’s there.
Step 5: I sprayed a line of 3 different stain removers, two store bought and my homemade version, across the stains. The cloth diaper was already divided into three sections, so it was easy to divide it up. I allowed the stain removers to soak into the cloth for about an hour.
Step 6: I washed the cloth with a load of towels in cold water with my laundry detergent.
The results: A delightful surprise, the DIY stain remover functioned just as well as the pricey (chemical laden) store bought kinds! There was absolutely no visible difference between any of the three. Surprisingly (to me) the jam, bbq sauce and vinaigrette all came out completely. No such luck with the mustard…eeeps!
It’s fun to find yet another use for products I already have on hand at all times! Now there’s another product I no longer need to purchase!
It’s a Tightwad Win!