Sunday, March 25, 2012

Stain, Stain Go Away!



Wow, look at what we did to this shirt! We decided to really give this stain remover from onegoodthingbyjilliee.com a real test. Jillee raved about it, and since we live with lots of messy boys, we are always looking for a better stain remover.




We took an old t-shirt that was stained and yellowed under the armpits. From left to right we used coffee, chocolate, wine, baby oil and grass. We let the stains sit overnight. Then we set to work removing the stains. The recipe is very simple You probably have all the ingredients on hand!




The Recipe:
* 1 part Dawn
* 1 part baking soda
* 2 parts hydrogen peroxide
You can use more or less depending on the size of the stains. We made a lot! Mix the ingredients well. Apply to the stain. We scrubbed a little with a scrub brush. We poured the extra all over and let sit for a good hour. Because we used so much dawn, and have an HE washing machine we rinsed the shirt out very well and then laundered as usual.




As you can see, the shirt looks fantastic. No traces of the stains remain. The shirt can once again be worn in public!




The shirt came out so well we decided to use the stain remover on the grout in the bathroom floor. It had been stained and grimy since the day Rebecca moved in. No amount of scrubbing or bleach helped. We didn't use quite so much dawn, and added more peroxide to spread the solution around the floor. We gave a little scrub and let it sit for an hour and then rinsed. The floor has NEVER looked so good!
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32 comments:

  1. I will be trying this on the next sunny day (I try not to use our dryer). Formula has been taking a toll on my baby's shirts. Thanks for sharing this!

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  2. I found your site about 2 weeks ago. This stain remover is the only thing that works on my husband's work shirts. He is a pool service tech and our oldest daughter cleans pools. Both of them can get their white shirts nasty but thanks to this, their shirts come clean after one wash. Thank you!

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  3. I love making my own homemade soaps, my homemade laundry detergent, homemade window cleaner, and now this! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe. :-)

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  4. Does anyone know what the deal is with Dawn, and why it's the dish liquid of choice for so many home made cleaning recipes? I can't get it here in Ireland, and would like to know what's so special about it so I can try to find a substitute here. Thanks,

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    1. Laura I don't know exactly what it is about Dawn other than it cuts grease like no other soap on earth! Dawn is what they used to help clean animals caught here in the oil spill on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Supposedly laundry detergent equivalent is Tide. That's what they use to wash oil off racetracks (according to a Nascar watching friend of mine).

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    2. (They also used it on the animals here in Alaska during the Exxon/Valdez oil spill.)

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  5. UH! thanks for testing and sharing!

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  6. Just found you via Pintrest (can't wait to make the lemoncello!) and I love your site!

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  7. This has worked very well for me as well! Love you guys and Jillee as well!! :) :)

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  8. Because this recipe has peroxide in it, is it safe to use on colored clothes? I have seen lots of stain removers that work on white clothes but I need a good stain remover for colored clothes as well. any ideas?

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    1. I'd say probably just whites because peroxide has a bleaching tendency. I keep a fels naphtha bar at the washer for pre treating clothes. It works really good.

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    2. I use this on baby clothes and it didn't hurt them. I was ready to throw out the out fit I tried it on first, so I didn't care if it messed up the color. My cat did not like us having a baby or something at first because he would drag her clothes out and ruin them. After I cleaned that one, I cleaned several other things with it as well, the color is all the same as I was before I used it. I got out cat stuff, baby poop, food dye that stained, grass stains, even banana :)

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  9. I am mom to a 19m/o girl and a 2w/o boy. While on our way home from the hospital with DS, DD got sick in the car. Murphy's law - she was wearing a white dress.
    With everything that was going on in the first week and a half of my DS's life at home, I never got around to washing any laundry, besides what was necessary. I had, in the back of my head, already written off the white dress. As a last ditch effort to get it clean, I made up this spot remover solution. Sure enough, it worked! Not only did it work on the puke, but it worked on icing stains that were on her dress from a birthday party MONTHS ago!
    I am now keeping an old jam jar of this mixed up and ready to go as my go to stain remover! I've poked a hole in the lid of the jar so it can be poured out easily and can also be refiled easily.

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  10. My question is the same as Kylee's (above). I am assuming that this is this to be used only on white fabric because of peroxide's bleaching properties. Is that correct? If so, do you have a recipe for a stain remover for colored clothes?

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  11. My husband and I did this to two of his shirts. One had pit stains are were gone in 30 minutes! I am still letting another shirt sit that has mold stains. I'm anxiously waiting.

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  12. I used this on my daughter's soccer uniform. She had spilled something on the top, and I had tried multiple store-bought spot removers without success. It had been washed numerous time, and this mixture still took all of the stain out. The colors on the uniform were not bothered. I am so excited to try this on other clothes I put in the "work clothes" pile because of stains!

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  13. I'm curious, does it have to be Dawn or can it be any other dish washing detergent?

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  14. I made this up last night to use on the grout in my entry way. It worked wonders, but I can't get the residue off of the tile. Any wet feet will surely be slipping on that floor :-/ We have tried hot water and vinegar without success. Any ideas?

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  15. I tried this a few days ago and was very disappointed. It was just a sloppy slippery mess. The baking soda never did mix in, and I followed the directions exactly. I had to constantly stir the mixture, then quickly put a child's medicine dropper in to suck up some of the solution, then shake that because it immediately started to separate. I made 2 batches: a small one and a big one. I used the mixture on both old and newer stains, and let them sit overnight. Only one pair of shorts came partially clean. I poured the solution on my shower floor after, and did have pretty good results with that. I'm not sure what happened, but I think I'll look for something else.

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  16. Great recipe thanks for sharing… Your blog really inspired me. Actually I generally use my own home made dish wash detergent. You will need few ingredients 1 cup of baking soda in a bowl add 1 cups of borax, ¼ cup of kosher salt and add 3 drops of dawn dish washer liquid after that mix up in a plastic container now it is ready to use. Apply this solution on the stain area and scrub it with an old brush,then wash it with cold water..

    Mold and Mildew Remediation in north jersey

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  17. is this solution safe for colored clothing as well?

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  18. I used this on an ivory blouse I had gotten bacon grease splatters on my first time wearing it and it worked like a charm!! You couldn't see on spec on the shirt, I'm in love :)

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  19. 3% Hydrogen peroxide (which is the kind sold in stores - not the kind used in beauty shops), can be used on almost all colored fabrics including carpet. I've used it for years to get blood stains out of clothing and carpet.My Mother was a dialysis patient for years so I've had lots of practice. You're supposed to do a test on an inside seam first, but I've never had a problem and I never test it. I just used it this morning on a small blood stain on my bathroom carpet that had been there for 6 months. If it's an old blood stain, you may have to soak it for a while and do a little scrubbing.

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  20. Best thing I have found for colored clothing stains is honestly resolve carpet cleaner(they spray bottle) I spray it on rub a little with any cloth then wash if the stains really bad I let it sit a few minutes. Works great on whites my favorite though is actually the $1 dollar tree brand I think.it works better than the name brand

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  21. Your tips worked for me, thanks for sharing.Cleaner Jobs

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  22. In Sa we dont get DAWN what is it so i know what to replace it with.

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  23. If I use this concoction on furniture, do I need to rinse it somehow? I'm going to try it on stains on an ultrasuede ottoman.

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  24. Thanks for sharing this tip. I wonder if this would work for dried paint?

    Marlene Detierro (Eureka Joe's)

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  25. Hi there, many thanks for the great recipe. I don't have a hydrogen peroxide with me, but I will definitely try this out when I get it. I have food stains on my curtains and I hope I will be able to get the stains out by doing a spot treatment rather than taking the curtains down and washing them.
    Anyclean

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  26. Recently, when my friends suggested me to hire the local carpet cleaners to get spotless cleaning, I was a bit uncertain if it would be a right decision to hand over my expensive belongings to someone. However, I had an amazing experience with the Pretoria Carpet cleaners, because of they are customer friendly and efficient at carpet and upholstery cleaning.

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  27. I read somewhere that these recipes call for Dawn because of the concentration. The cheaper brands are more watered down. If you can't find Dawn, maybe try another good quality dishsoap.

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  28. I used this to remove washed and dried in chapstick. Worked like a charm. Thank you, thank you.

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