It’s tedious enough to deal with your regular load of laundry. Things are even more of a hassle when you have to deal with stains and spots that won’t come off with the single wash cycle. Although there are plenty of products in the market that are supposed to remove stains, these are not always the best solution. Besides, some of them are actually harmful to the environment. Instead of making use of toxic chemicals in your spot cleaning tasks, turn to nature’s bounty for some ingredients with powerful yet safe stain removing properties.
A few steps to your pantry or refrigerator is all you might have to take to get your hands on natural spot removers. Baking soda, vinegar, salt, milk, and lemon are not just ingredients that you can use to bake your favorite cupcakes. They are also natural spot removers that you can turn to when you need a little more than a good scrub.
Baking Soda – this is one cleaning ingredient that has been used for generations. It effectively lifts stains from fabrics with very little effort on your part. Mix a stain removal paste by combining four tablespoons of baking soda with a quarter of a cup water. Rub the paste on the stain and leave it for three hours. The stain will come out when you wash the clothes. This is effective for rust and grease stains as well as sweat stains under the arms and on the collar.
Lemon – the juice of this tart fruit is effective in removing rust and sweat stains as well. Squeezing lemon juice straight onto the stain and leaving it for a few minutes before washing should remove the marks. You can also make a lemon and water spritz that you can spray on the stains before you hang them under the sun to dry.
Vinegar – sweat stains, coffee spills, and scorch marks are a cinch to remove by giving them a good rub down with white vinegar. Run the clothes through the wash as you normally would. An added bonus is the odor control property of vinegar. Older fabric that has discolored and turned yellowish can be sponged down or soaked in a mixture of warm water and vinegar to restore its color.
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