A quick and easy recipe for a non-toxic stain remover for non-toxic laundry care that is safe, hypoallergenic and effective!
I’ve been wanting to make a non-toxic stain remover for a while, and just finally got around to it! This will join my non-toxic and gentle laundry detergent and natural fabric softener that I’ve been using for over a year and half. I’ve been noticing that when I used my go-to fabric stain remover on the clothes, they would have the artificial fragrance comes with the chemicals, especially since I use no artificial ingredients in my homemade laundry detergent. Plus, it just started to be too expensive – about $7.98 for a 21.5 ounce bottle and it didn’t even work all that well unless applied immediately after something fun (like dirt, poop, markers, paint, chocolate, spaghetti sauce…you get the idea) gets on the clothes.
How To Use
Best practice – when something gets on your laundry, rinse it out with water as soon as you can. If that’s not possible, then rinse out when it is. Then, spray the stain remover on the spot(s) as soon as you can (immediately is best) and rub in with your fingers. Let it sit for 10-30 minutes to an hour. Natural solutions DO work, but they take more patience and time to do the same job a harsher cleaner does.
I love that this one smells fresh with the lemon essential oil in it and doesn’t leave an artificial scent on the clothes, plus its totally hypoallergenic and safe for our family’s sensitive skin. I got the original recipe from Prairie Homestead (which is an awesome site!) and then added my own touches like more lemon oil and some baking soda. I also tried it with orange essential oil and LOVED the scent, but it does have a yellow tint to the oil, so I’d be careful about using it on light colors. It didn’t stain my clothes, but I’d hate to get unlucky. The lemon oil doesn’t leave a residue on the clothes or stain them at all (believe me – I spray a ton of it on my boys’ really dirty clothes and there’s nothing left behind, even after it sits on the clothes for days at a time sometimes!)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap (I buy Dr. Bronner’s in Peppermint (where to buy)
- 1/4 cup liquid vegetable glycerine (vegetable glycerine)
- 2 tablespoons baking soda (where to buy)
- 10-15 drops lemon essential oil or Purification (where to buy high quality essential oils)
When something gets on your laundry, rinse it out with water as soon as you can. If that’s not possible, then rinse out when it is.
Then, spray the stain remover on the spot(s) and rub in with your fingers.
Let it sit for at least 10 minutes, but 30 minutes to an hour is best.
Remember, natural solutions DO work, but they take more patience and time to do the same job a harsher cleaner does.