The fact we subject ourselves to chemicals in the name of appearing clean makes no sense. Essentially, we are trading our own safety in order to have clothes, bathroom grout, or rugs that don’t look dirty. Unfortunately, the reality is that we are soiling our clothes and homes with harsh chemicals that might be making us ill. Even worse, we are paying good money to do it.
Instead, we could be making our own stain removers by using all-natural ingredients, and we could be saving money in doing so. Too often we have the option of accomplishing daily tasks without relying on the petrochemicals that have become all too commonplace in modern homes. We have lots of articles about DIY household cleaners, and now we want to offer up a sampling of natural, homemade stain removers.
Whether it’s the bathtub, a favorite t-shirt, or carpet, there’s an all-natural solution to try.
Clothing and Fabric
Clothing stains are super frustrating because they typically happen to our favorite, most comfortable stuff, the items we wear most often. Instead of reaching for those familiar chemical solutions next time, this is a three-ingredient recipe for a stain remover that is much cleaner for our bodies and the planet.
In a small jar, combine a spoon of eco-friendly dishwashing soap, a couple of spoons of baking soda, and a couple of spoons of hydrogen peroxide. These ingredients should be mixed together well. Then, the mixture should be applied to the stained area and scrubbed with an old toothbrush or something similar.
After the remover is rinsed away, here’s a DIY laundry detergent to try.
Sinks, Tubs, and Tiles
Tub and sink stains are especially disappointing because these are the areas we go to clean ourselves and our dishes, so we expect them to be sparkling. Sometimes, though, the grime we’ve washed away seems to stick. The standard practice these days is to pour some stout chemicals on the problem, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
The recipe for a good tile scrub and stain remover isn’t so different than what we used on clothes. This time we just leave out the dish soap. The mixture starts with a bit of baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide is added slowly until the combination forms a paste. The gritty baking soda will act as a scrub, and the hydrogen peroxide is good for the discoloration.
Once the sink and tub are stain-free, here’s a non-toxic DIY bathroom cleaner to help with keeping the stains away.
Carpets & Rugs
Carpets are probably the most common household item that we associate with staining. No doubt, there are a plethora of carpet stain removers on the market to address these moments. However, without spending money on petroleum-based products or subjecting our families to toxins, we can make carpet stain removers at home.
The basic homemade stain remover for carpets is simply a diluted white vinegar. First, it should be mixed one to two with water, then add a couple pinches of salt and some nice-smelling essential oils. For tough spills, like red wine, some like to use salt to absorb the liquid first before working with the vinegar stain remover.
Vinegar is an ideal ingredient to keep stocked. It can be used for an assortment of cleaning duties.
Now is the time to start doing these things ourselves again, regaining the knowledge of using natural ingredients at home and relearning the recipes for simple solutions to everyday problems. This is how we begin to take some of the power back in our lives and stop subjecting ourselves to corporate ethics that have no concern for customer safety. We can take care of ourselves, and we can begin removing the stain many industries have put on modern living.
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