I seriously underestimated the amount of laundry I’d be doing when children came along. Sure, I calculated cloth diapers in and knew there’d be a few onesies and bibs to add to the mix, but never did I imagine how quickly a non-mobile being could slobber, spit up, or blow-out an item to the laundry pile. Both of my little girls are adorably MESSY. So yes, I do a lot of laundry, but what I really do a lot of is spot treating.
Truth be told, I’ve used Shout on laundry stains many times and can testify that it works well. No – really well. And quickly! But you know the old saying, “Anything that is too good to be true probably is.” That is definitely the case here.
You already know why we made the switch to natural & safe household cleaners. Well, Shout is definitely not natural or safe. Infact, it has been given a pitiful F rating due to dangerous chemicals by the Environmental Working Group, and many other commercial spot treatments are also rated similarly. Often times commercial stain treatments include ingredients known to be irritants, allergens, endocrine disrupters, cancer-causing, and linked to organ & nervous system toxicity.
NOT ALL STAINS ARE CREATED EQUALLY
But the trouble with chemical-free, homemade alternatives is that not all stains are created equally, and not all natural ingredients will destroy every type of stain. For example:
Stains left by fruit, juice, & most beverages can often be countered by pouring boiling water over the soiled area. Vinegar or lemon juice and soap can often tackle any residue. Any sugar residues left in the fabric can caramelize and turn brown under dry high heat.
Greasy food stains respond well to a generous application of liquid soap and oxygen bleach after rinsing (or, in my experience, lemon essential oil does the trick).
There might not be a completely one-size-fits-all natural spot remover, but I wanted to find the best one out there that would address as many of these types of stains as possible. I tested several different homemade solutions on a number of stains. I found that all solutions helped some, but that castille-based solutions clearly finished in the lead.
Today I would like to share my natural, castile-based recipe that I have found to be the most multi-faceted and effective.
HOW TO USE:
Rinse out/soak stain according to type:
- PROTEIN-BASED: soak first in lukewarm water
- FRUIT & BEVERAGES: rinse first with boiling water
This post is part of my “Farewell” Friday series.