Frugal Living: Homemade Stain Remover

Stain
Stain
I don’t know how Baby Brother does it, but somehow he/we always manage to get poop on his sleeper.  Most stains I can ignore, but I really really hate poop stains.  Usually I use a store bought stain remover, but recently I’ve become increasingly more aware of the chemicals we’ve been putting into and onto our body so I thought I’d do a little experiment and try a homemade stain remover.

Mixture
Mixture
Soaking
Soaking
Clean
Clean

I was so impressed with the result I will certainly use it again.  I only wish I could make a batch to have on hand, but I was told to only make what I need as the solution gets weaker over time.

Ingredients:

1/3 Baking Soda
1/3 Hydrogen Peroxide
2/3 cup Hot Water

Directions:

Mix together and “soak” stain for a minimum of 20 minutes.

I was a little confused with this instructions and once I tossed Baby Brother’s sleeper in it absorbed all the water and I was left with a thick paste that I rubbed over the stain.  I let it sit for about 45 minutes and then tossed the sleeper and the rest of the mixture into the washer with my regular wash.  The result was fantastic.

The sleepers had a small poop stain that was sitting on the sleepers for about 45 minutes and also an old food stain around the neck and overall they had a dingy look.  After being soaked in this solution and washed they came out clean and soft. I was told to test it out on a test patch first, but I didn’t.  I’m so happy that this worked.  I will now be using this to pre-treat my children’s clothes instead of the commercially made ones.

Looking at the ingredients of the commercial brand is scary.  I can’t even pronounce half the ingredients.

2-Butoxyethanol
– Octylphenoxy Polyethoxyethanol
– Dowfax C6L
– Tkpp

I don’t know exactly what each of these are, but they certainly don’t sound good. I took a quick look on-line to see if I could find some information on each of the chemicals and found out that moderate respiratory exposure to 2-butoxyethanol often results in irritation of mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and throat.

The cost compare for 1 Litre, using 2.5 ml per stain to treat 400 stains breaks down to:

Store Bought
Cost: 10.75
Cost  per Stain: 0.03

Homemade:
Hydrogen Peroxide + Baking Soda: 9.97
Cost per Stain: 0.02

Do you have any green cleaning solution that you love to use?  If you do drop me  a note and tell me about it!

 

One comment

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide alone will also get blood out of anything. I’m told it is what clean up crews use. I wonder if the hydrogen peroxide would work on the poop stain without the other two ingredients.

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