Home Made Cleaning Solutions for the Laundry
There are a number of home made cleaning solutions that can increase the effectiveness of your laundry detergent, and reduce you use of harsher laundry additives.
All Food and Beverage Stains
Carefully lift any solids off of the fabric (be careful to avoid spreading the stain). Then pour club soda over the stain until it is flushed out.
If you spill food on yourself at a restaurant, ask for a little club soda or seltzer water, and blot it out right on the spot.
Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice (minus the pulp) to the rinse cycle
Fabric Rinse and General Deodorizer
1/4 cup white vinegar in the rinse cycle
1/2 cup baking soda in the wash or rinse cycle
replace your bleach with hydrogen peroxide
Spray offending area in white vinegar and let soak for 15 - 30 minutes before laundering
Apply a baking powder & water paste to the entire underarm stain. Allow to 'work' for 30 minutes and then launder.
Apply lemon juice undiluted to the fabric, and lay the garment in the sun until it dries.
Apply lemon juice undiluted to the fabric and allow to soak for 30 minutes before laundering.
Make Odor-Eater Socks
Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda in 1 gallon U.S. of water. Soak freshly washed socks for 30 minutes, and then spin dry without rinsing out the solution. Dry, and they are ready for wearing.
For a complete list of laundry symbols and what they mean, I highly recommend you take a look at this PDF from 'Textile Affairs.org' Click here to read the PDF in your browser, or right-click to download it.