Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mission Organization: Week 39 - Stubborn Laundry Stains

No, I'm not a research scientist, but I sure have tested a lot of laundry stain removers throughout the years. At my house my family has always seen it as their mission to supply the stains, and I see it as my mission to remove them. Recently I even had the opportunity to remove some tough stains from my grandson's school uniform pants.

It seems that my grandson only grew a little taller between third and fourth grades, and his khaki uniform pants from last year would all still fit him for this school year with a little hem adjustment. But on closer inspection, every pair had ground in dirt and grass stains on the knees from the school playground. The hems could be easily taken care of, but would those nasty old stains ever come out?

I decided to pull out the big guns of laundry stain removal. According to Modern Day Moms, a great laundry pre-treatment for stains is 1 part original blue Dawn dishwashing soap mixed with 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. I wasn't sure this would work on stains this old, but I gave it a try.

The stains were large and unsightly on the light colored khakis.

The darker colored pants were harder to photograph, but they have stains on both knees as well. These two pairs are just examples of what all the pairs looked like.

The stains didn't come out the first time I washed the pants, but miraculously, they did come out!

I sprayed the stains with the mixture and let it soak in really well before washing as usual, and repeated the process several more times. I'm very happy with the results I got from this homemade stain remover, and I'll be keeping a bottle of this mixture on the washer so I can keep on fulfilling my stain removal mission in life!

The opinions stated in this post are my own. I have no relationship with the manufacturers of the products mentioned in this post, and I have received no compensation from them.

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1 comment:

  1. I'll have to give this a try, Anita! I have one I use that has ammonia and dishwashing liquid and water. Yours sounds easier.