Have you ever gone through the bin of used clothes and found the most perfect outfit only to discover a stain? Have you ever pulled your kid’s favorite shirt out of the dryer to see that it still looks dirty? I just recently found ninety percent of my toddler’s clothes covered in stains. Her clothes looked like she had been playing in them for days straight even though they’d just come out of the dryer.  Talk about frustrated!

With my secret stain removing solution, all of that frustration will disappear, especially since you won’t need to spend huge amounts of money on stain removers or use loads of chemicals to get your clothes clean. I’ve discovered the most effective stain removing solution made from just a couple common ingredients: baking soda & dish soap.

Brand name baking soda costs less than $3.00 for an 8 oz box. You can get dish soap for under $2.00 per bottle. For a total of less than $5.00 you can remove 99% of stains for at least four full loads of laundry. The steps are simple:

  1. Fill a bucket or storage tub with cool water and add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the water.
  2. Dip clothes into the baking soda water.
  3. Using a small amount of dish soap, lightly scrub the stain, collar, and/or cuffs of clothes.
  4. Soak clothes in the baking soda water over night. If you have a very stubborn stain repeat steps 1-5 and allow to soak for multiple days. Baking soda will not hurt your clothes.
  5. Drain water from tub/bucket, squeeze out most of the water and throw your clothes in the washer. Wash as normal.
  6. Before throwing clothes into the dryer check for stains. If you have remaining stains, soak and wash again.

I used this method for a full load of toddler clothes that included white and pink shirts full of stains. I had to repeat the method with two items of clothing. After the second round everything was clean without a single spot. All of the clothes had been washed and dried numerous times to set in those stains and it still worked! So before you throw out your child’s clothes due to stains, give this simple stain remover a try!

This has been a guest post by Tara from Van Tassel, WY
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