My laundry is full of them. Unfortunately, I don’t notice them until after they have been washed and dried. Now, they are set-in grease stains.
I had one set-in stain in particular that I really wanted to remove. It was a uniform shirt of mine and I needed to get the stain OUT. It wasn’t HUGE, but it was annoyingly noticeable.
- Wash again (cold water)…hoping the detergent would notice the stain this time.
- RESULT: no change
- Treat stain directly with liquid detergent
- Wash again (hot water)
- RESULT: no change
- Treat stain with stain remover (Spray n’ Wash)
- Let stain remover sit over night
- Wash again (cold water)
- RESULT: no change…AGHHHHH!!!
- Time for a little research…thank you google.
- I found a few sites that recommended spraying the stain with WD-40. Crazy, right?! The “science” behind this theory is that the WD-40 (which is a petroleum product) “reactivates” the set-in grease stain. You will then treat the old stain as a fresh new stain. Okay…I guess that makes sense. I’ve tried crazier things before.
- Sprayed stain with WD-40. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Then applied Dawn Dish Soap (blue kind) to the “fresh” stain. I then took a scrub brush to work the soap into the stain. Let that sit for a while (maybe another 30 minutes.)
- Wash as usual (cold water)
- RESULT: An even BIGGER stain than before!!! Plus, a huge stain on the back of the shirt where the WD-40 soaked through! Are you kidding me?!?!
- Time to break-out the BIG GUNS!
- Soak entire shirt overnight in full-strength degreaser (Simple Green Cleaner)
- Treat stain with Dawn AGAIN & Wash AGAIN (cold water)
- RESULT: Absolutely NO CHANGE. There is still a HUGE stain on the front, and now the back.
That’s it…I give up. I’m throwing in the towel.
Please…..help this Whimsy Housewife! Comment with your suggestions on removing set-in grease stains, before this T-shirt becomes rags.
As promised, here is another version of homemade laundry detergent. The other day I showed you my version for powdered laundry detergent. That recipe is great for babies or anyone with sensitive skin, but our whole family uses it and I love it! View that post here.
Today’s recipe I can’t take credit for. I found this version of detergent from one of my favorite bloggers, Jill at One Good Thing by Jillie. Her blog is so full of useful tips and tricks. Please take a moment to visit her site here!
In Jill’s post, she has great photos telling exactly how to do each step. It’s so simple and that’s what I love about it. Here is her step-by-step tutorial.
This recipe is great for HE washing machines, regular machines, safe but effective on cleaning clothes, and also safe for sensitive skin.
Super Fast & Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent
This makes 1 gallon
- 3 Tablespoons Borax (found in laundry aisle at most grocery stores)
- 3 Tablespoons Super Washing Soda (found in laundry aisle at most stores)
- 2 Tablespoons Dawn dish soap (I use the blue dawn, because it cuts through grease better than any other I’ve tried)
- 4 cups boiling water
- 1 gallon jug
- Pour 4 cups of boiling water into gallon container.
- Add Borax, Washing Soda, and Dawn to container. Swirl around until all ingredients are dissolved.
- Let the liquid cool.
- Once it’s cool, fill the container almost all the way to the top with water. Bubbles will come out the top of the container.
- Use about one cup for large loads.
A few extra tips for you:
* This is safe for HE machines because it is low-sudsing.
* This detergent is watery, but it cleans really well. It even removes my husband’s grease stains from his work uniforms. I tried making it more concentrated by using less water, but the dish soap didn’t dissolve and just sat on top of the water.
* Make 2-3 batches at a time. Use up rate is about 16-20 loads. But it only costs about $.17/gallon!! (My powdered soap recipe does seem to last a bit longer.)
Give this or the powdered version a try and let me know what you think!
When did laundry detergent get so expensive?! Why am I spending $12-$20 on products that I am just washing down the drain?!
We have always been a Tide detergent family. Liquid…powder…it didn’t matter as long as it smelled good and was Tide. My husband is a mechanic, so his clothes always come home greasy. Tide was the only detergent that would remove the stains.
Then my son came along, and our laundry story changed drastically. He has very sensitive skin, and cannot tolerate anything but a free & clear detergent. (Check out my post on baby powder for sensitive skin)
Free & Clear wasn’t working for me because I like my laundry to smell good. So, we ended up buying 2 types of detergent: 1 for adults and 1 for baby. Crazy, huh?
I finally got tired of
spending wasting money on brand name detergent that was mostly water. I found quite a few recipes online, but none really seemed “easy”. I admit it…I’m a lazy effortless housewife and like things simple and no-fuss. A lot of the recipes for homemade laundry detergent required grating, cooking, mixing, and waiting. Basically wasting a whole Saturday morning making soap. Uh…no thanks!
So here is my no-fuss, super-simple recipe for laundry soap!
I use this for my son’s clothes and have had no problems with his eczema. My husband usually washes his own clothes (I know….he’s a keeper), and he still doesn’t believe a homemade version works as well as his beloved Tide (which we still have a bottle of because he refuses to switch.) But when I get a load of his clothes, I use the homemade version and he never knows the difference. (Until now…sorry honey, now you know.)
Homemade Laundry Soap (Powdered)
Great for babies, sensitive skin, or anyone really
**NOT RECOMMENDED FOR HE WASHING MACHINES (I have another easy recipe for HE washers, come back later for that recipe!)
***The Zote Flakes are what is not recommended for HE washers, but if you use Fels Naptha soap, I believe that is okay for front loading machines.
- 4 cups Borax
- 4 cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (not baking soda)
- 2 cups of Oxygen Booster/Cleaner (OxiClean)
- 1 box Zote Laundry Flakes (or 2 bars of Zote White soap, or 2 bars of Fels Naptha)
All of these ingredients I found in the laundry aisle at Wal-Mart.
The Zote Laundry flakes is a fairly new product, and may not be available everywhere. If you can’t find it, just grab 2 bars of Zote White, or 2 bars of Fels Naptha (both in laundry aisle). Put them in the microwave for about 90 seconds. This causes the soap to break apart and will easily crumble for you.
Grab a large bowl and layer each ingredient, this helps make mixing easier . Then grab a spoon and start mixing.
1 tablespoon per load, or 2 tablespoons for heavily soiled clothes.
I store this in a gallon air-tight canister, but use whatever you have.
That’s how easy it is to make your own laundry detergent! I think it took a whole 5 minutes to make.
Check back soon for my liquid version of homemade laundry soap.
Send me some comments if you have any tips or questions. I love to hear from you!
**UPDATE – I finally figured out the cost break down for this version of detergent. The leading sensitive skin/baby detergent costs approximately $.29 per load. My homemade version only costs $.07 per load, and yields about 200 loads per batch!!! Let the savings begin!!