“Green Your Cleaning” Series-The Laundry Part 2

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What about stains?  We all have them in one form or another.  With two toddlers who love spaghetti and dirt (playing in that is) we have our fair share.  Addie loves to use her sleeve to wipe her mouth after every single bite!  We have been working on the use of a napkin, but she doesn’t always oblique.  If we aren’t using chemical based cleaners, what is the best way to help remove those pesky little (or big) stains?  Here are a few options for you to try out:

Homemade Spray Stain Remover

In a spray bottle combine:

  • 2 parts water
  • 1 part rubbing alcohol

Spray on stain and let sit for several minutes before laundering.

Stain Remover

  • 2 parts hot water
  • 1 part baking soda
  • 1 part hydrogen peroxide

Spot treat stains and soak overnight. Mix only as much as you need for immediate use because it won’t store well over long periods of time.

 

Use the Power of Lemons to Whiten!

Did you know that white linens, napkins and socks can be whitened on the stove?  Simply fill a pot with water, add a few slices of lemon and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat, add in your clothing items and then let it soak for about an hour. Then just wash as usual.

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Use Natural Solar Power to Whiten!

The sun is a natural bleach and free also!  Take advantage of it and hang your clothes out to soak in a few rays.  They will have a clean sun-dried smell and I so love the crispness that clothes have coming off the line.  Of course your whites being whiter is a plus too!

Tip: To remove severe grass stains on white clothes, soak it in full-strength vinegar for a half-hour before washing.  Vinegar can be used in so many different and helpful ways!  Stay tuned tomorrow and see how else vinegar can be used with your laundry.

 

 

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