For the second addition to our series of articles focusing on eco-friendly spring cleaning tips, this week’s article is all about how to remove stains using a homemade stain remover. There are many eco-friendly homemade stain remover alternatives to bleach and other harsh chemicals.
But, why is bleach and other volatile organic compounds so bad? Clothing-wise, they weaken the fabric after repeated use, which makes your clothing more susceptible to damage. But more importantly, health-wise, they not only cause respiratory problems, burned skin and damage to your nervous system, but they also release toxins known as carcinogens into the air whenever used, which can be inhaled and in turn put unnecessary strain your immune system.
So, what can you do about it? You can switch to a homemade stain remover for one! There are a few well-known ingredients that go into making various homemade stain remover concoctions, and they are typically interchanged with one another. Here are some combinations that I’ve personally used in the past, as well as a brief explanation of some of their many applications.
- Vodka: Works great for removing arm pit stains on your white shirts. Good for removing wine, ink, and grass stains, as well.
- Lemon Juice + Salt: A scrub for removing bathtub stains, cleaning your microwave. Leaves a pleasant lemony scent!
- Baking Soda + Water: An all-purpose cleaner; I use it for floors especially, as it is a natural deodorizer. Just makes sure to rinse with water after letting it sit for a while.
- Borax + White Vinegar: A natural toilet bowl cleaner.
- Boiling water: Believe it or not, boiling water is excellent for removing not-so-bad stains! I’ve read that using hot water can be bad for stains that are sugar-based, like pop, etc, because it may spread the stain, so use wisely.
- Club soda + White Vinegar: Good for removing carpet stains. Just spray or dab a bit onto the affected areas, work in until the stains starts to come out.
Thought for the Day
Making a homemade stain remover is pretty straightforward, and uses generic, easy-to-find ingredients. By learning how to remove stains in an eco-friendly manner, and following our eco-friendly spring cleaning tips series of articles, you’re doing the earth a big favor!
Do you have some tips of your own? We’d love to hear them! Please feel free to post them in the comment section below.