Sorely Neglected but Stain Free

Unlike my nose, which is raw from too many tissues, my blog has been sorely neglected.  Leave it to the cold I have had all, I mean ALL summer. I just can’t kick this thing.  We all keep passing it back-and-forth to each other like a hot potato. Well, we’ve passed it around so long it’s a cold potato now. (Haha! That was a TERRIBLE pun…blame it on the cold.)  Anyways…if that pun didn’t scare you away, read on.

In the midst of our colds, hubby has been home all summer on vacation.  When he’s busy all year, time together during the summer is good for all of us. An extra hand with two busy kiddos is always welcome too.  We’ve had a ton of family adventures:  a trip to Durango (which my daughter reminisces about weekly :), excursions to the zoo, bike rides, birthdays, frozen yogurt, homemade popsicles, and lots of cuddles and giggles.

Even though I have neglected my blog, another thing that has received plenty of attention, like my nose, is my children’s clothes.  Believe it or not, all the yummy summer fruit, popsicles, and frozen yogurt have frequently found their way from my children’s mouths onto their clothes.  Lots of stains for this mama to scrub-a-dub-dub.  I’m seriously ready to make a full-body bib for my son out of plastic 😉

Stain removal is my nemesis, partly because of the smell. The strong fragrances overwhelm my system, making me sick to my stomach, and I also get paranoid my fingers are going to peel from chemical overload. Yes, I’m exaggerating a bit, but for these reasons, I can’t stand scrubbing for long.  I think my stains don’t come out as well because my endurance is literally non-existenet with these types of products.

But, never fear, this summer I have discovered one of the best stain removers!  It’s homemade, easy, and gentle on my stomach, yet tough on stains! (I’d like to give credit where credit is due.  I did not make this up myself, but I discovered it on my Facebook page from my aunt’s repost from a man named Ron Howard.  His page is so popular he’s reached the limit to how many people can follow him on Facebook.  Other stuff on his page was odd, but I liked this recipe for stains.  I have tweaked it a little for what I found worked for me and can hopefully work for you.  Look below for another woman’s blog post about it and how she used it.  Then make it, use it, tweak it, and make it your own.)   🙂

4 Tbl. hydrogen peroxide

4 Tbl. baking soda

1 tsp Dawn dish soap

Mix all together to make a paste.  Apply to stain and scrub with an old toothbrush.  Wash clothes on cold.

Our cup cabinet is full of canning jars we now use as water glasses.  I used a small one to mix these ingredients in.  The first batch did so well on 7 pieces of clothing that, I’m embarrassed to mention, had been sitting in a pile in the laundry room just soaking in their stains for over a week.  I was certain a few of the clothes were goners because of my negligence…I’m blaming this one on the cold and my feelings towards stain-removal 😉 I feared I’d have to scrub so much to get the stains out. But I found this recipe and was excited for once to tackle stains.

After applying the recipe above, the clothes spun in a cold cycle with Ecos Free and Clear liquid detergent.  Voila!  All of the stains came out.  Pleasantly surprised.  I think I’m in love with stain removal now.

Since that first batch, I’ve made more each time I work on stains.  I will say, it didn’t work well on watermelon, surprisingly.  But it did wonders on chocolate and berry stains.  With the watermelon, I may have altered my measurement because I just filled my jar again with a few shakes of baking soda from the box, some squeezes of hydrogen peroxide, and a drop of Dawn. The leftovers kind of dry out, so depending on the ratios I see left in the jar, determines what I add.  My eyeball method has still worked on stains, but for certain stains I may just need to be exact.

I have discovered the key for me is making a paste, but I just found a website where the author only uses Dawn and hydrogen peroxide as her stain remover. She adds baking soda for a scrubbing agent: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2011/11/goodbye-to-yellow-armpit-stains.html

I think next time, especially on watermelon, I’m going to try only hydrogen peroxide and Dawn.  The good thing about stains is, if they don’t come out all the way, just try again.  Change the ratio a bit.  Scrub a bit more.  Always wash on cold so the stains don’t set (learned that one from my mom: the stain master!).

I’ve said goodbye to a lot of stains this summer, now it’s time to say goodbye to this cold…

Well, time to beat this cold and head to bed.