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Best Stain Remover

If you own any white shirt you know those awful disgusting yellow armpit stains that develop over time. Especially on T-shirts.

Well, we have some of those shirts in our house. Eventually, they get too disgusting and must be used for something else. I had just accepted that this was part of the life cycle of a white T-shirt. Until now….

I saw a post in Glamour magazine for “The Only Sport Remover You’ll Ever Need” so I decided give it a go. The original post calls for 1 part Dawn dishwashing liquid and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. I altered it slightly as this original recipe didn’t seem to work as well as claimed. Based on another bloggers experience, I added baking soda to the mix.

1 part Dawn Dishwashing liquid
2 parts hydrogen peroxide
½ part baking soda

Mix everything together. I wasn’t too scientific on the quantities, I eyeballed it.
Using a brush (an old toothbrush works great) brush the mixture on the stains.
Then let it sit. I had intended on checking every half hour or so to figure out how long it took, but I got busy and forgot! Somewhere between 1 and 3 hours does the trick. Probably depends on the stain.

Note: You should mix this recipe fresh each time you use it. Hydrogen Peroxide looses some of it’s power when exposed to light. Guess you could trying storing it in an opaque container…

OMG! It works. Why am I not surprised that baking soda boosted the cleaning power! This stuff is awesome.

These pictures do NOT do it justice. Please take my word for it!

I also tried some other random stains. It worked! Ring around the collar – gone! I have only tried white shirts so far, but based on both sources above it should work on colored fabrics as well.

For the first test, I specifically bought Dawn. I couldn’t find just plain old Dawn rated in Good Guide so I don’t know what the health score is. But I was happy to see that some of the other Dawn products had a score of 8 out of a possible 10.

Still I would rather use something a little more natural. I had some Kirkland Environmentally Friendly Dish Soap that I am trying out. Honestly, I have no real clue as to how environmentally friendly this really is. The claims on the bottle seem nice, but may not mean anything. I’m still researching how “green” it is. But for now, I just wanted to see if you REALLY needed Dawn. The results: I don’t think so. It seemed to work just as well with my Kirkland dish soap.

So armed with dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and a toothbrush you can rid some of those stubborn stains. I’d be really interested to see how this works on baby spit up!

What are your favorite stain removers?

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