My children tend to stain their clothes a lot. Bella is a very messy child and when she was younger, she drooled so much, I would have to have a bib on her or she would go through 4 or 5 shirts. Sienna is not really a drooler but instead, her problems come from - I can't really put this any other way - pooping so much that it comes out of her diapers. Unfortunately, both drool and poop do not generally come out of clothes unless you put a stain remover on them or just bleach them. I don't actually own any bleach and most stain removers can get expensive or they are full of chemicals so I don't like to use them unless the stains are horrendous. Enter this pin. I've changed it up a bit to be what I believe is a bit more effective but the basic recipe is the same:
1 cup of water
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (I get mine from the dollar store!)
1/2 cup baking soda
I also add 1/2 cup white vinegar to help whiten and soften the load. These ingredients I store in a container next to my laundry detergent. Whenever there is a really bad stain, I use these directions and for the most part, I've been able to get out most stains!
Fill a container with almost-boiling water. Add in a generous amount of the home-made oxy-clean and a good squirt of liquid dishwashing soap. Make sure the clothes are fully submerged. Let it sit for a minimum of four hours or more if it is a bad stain. I usually let mine sit over-night. Pour the clothes and extra liquid into your washing machine and wash as usual.
This shirt sat for four hours in the stain-remover before I washed it:
Now she can wear it again and I don't have to have my children wearing stained clothes everywhere!
What are your best laundry tips? Do you have any amazing stain removals?