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!