7 Natural Laundry Stain Removers

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  • 01 of 08

    Avoid Harsh Chemicals With 7 Natural Laundry Stain Removers

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    Many households have made the decision to limit their families' exposure to harsh chemicals. Many cleaning products are not recommended for young children and they are usually more expensive than natural options.

    Here are seven natural products that will effectively help remove stains and odor from clothes and keep your laundry routine green.

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  • 02 of 08

    Distilled White Vinegar

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    Distilled white vinegar is a miracle worker in the laundry room. It is inexpensive, gentle on fabrics and safer to use than chlorine bleach and fabric softeners. Always choose white vinegar over apple cider or other types because it will not stain fabrics (and it's cheaper!).

    White vinegar is key in removing yellow underarm perspiration stains and odor, removing mildew stains, whitening and brightening your clothes. Just adding one cup of distilled white vinegar to the final rinse will leave...MORE clothes feeling soft and smelling fresh.  

    You can even use vinegar to clean your washer and help control musty washer odors!

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    Baking Soda

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    That same box of baking soda that you have in your kitchen cabinet is one of nature's best gifts to laundry and very inexpensive to use. It is a perfect green odor reducer to keep your laundry smelling fresh and is safe to use on all fabrics, including children's sleepwear.

    Baking soda is also aids in boosting detergent performance, softening fabrics and reducing suds for quicker loads in front load washers.

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  • 04 of 08

    Lemon Or Lime Juice

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    Fresh or bottled 100 percent real lemon or lime juice has a natural bleaching action on fabrics due to the acetic acid.

    If you spill some on colored clothing, you'll want to remove the juice before it causes permanent discoloration. However, you can use either type of juice on white fabrics to help remove yellow underarm stains or rust stains.

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  • 05 of 08

    Hydrogen Peroxide

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    Head to the medicine cabinet for the hydrogen peroxide as a good alternative to the much harsher chlorine bleach when you need to whiten clothes. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is an oxidizing agent that can be used as a bleach. The 3% solution sold in drug stores as a first aid disinfectant is the best choice for the laundry as well. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water and oxygen and is a more environmentally safe alternative to chlorine bleach.

    Hydrogen peroxide works well in removing underarm...MORE yellowing and the dye from  nail polishcurry and red wine stains.

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    Borax

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    You may think borax comes from a chemical lab because most of us associate it with the20 Mule Team brand. But, borax is a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen and water. Borax has no toxic fumes and is safe for the environment. Borax can irritate skin and should not be ingested.

    Borax boosts the performance of any type of detergent in cleaning clothes and removing stains - especially on cloth diapers, softens hard water and helps control odor. Almost all homemade laundry...MORE detergent recipes contain borax.

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  • 07 of 08

    Talc, Cornstarch or Chalk

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    Talcum powder or baby powder, kitchen cornstarch or plain white chalk are wonderful natural treatments for helping to aborb oily stains. If you catch the oil or grease drip on fabric promptly, they can even remove it!

    Simply sprinkle the oily stain liberally with baby powder, talcum powder or cornstarch or rub the area with white chalk. Allow it to sit on the stain for at least ten minutes to absorb the oil; then simple brush away. Later, wash or dry clean the garment following care label...MORE directions.

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  • 08 of 08

    Table Salt

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    There are old wives' tales about using salt to set the dye and stop dye bleeding of fabrics. Unfortunately, salt won't work that way on today's fabrics and dyes. But, plain, simple table salt works in the laundry as a mild abrasive element for stain removal of rust and red wine stains and to absorb liquid stains before they set.

    If you have a red wine spill, sprinkle it liberally with table salt. Use the cheapest salt you can find. Let it absorb the liquid and then brush away before...MORE you wash the item. Remember, if you don't wash it out, salt can leave white stains on your fabric. Learn how to remove salt stains.

    If you have stains or residue on the bottom of your iron, salt works well as a gentle abrasive. Simply dampen a handful of salt very slightly and scrub the faceplate of the iron. When the iron is clean, wipe with a clean damp cloth. You're ready to iron.