This is my life ya’ll…STAINS! Stains on my kids’ clothing. Stains on my furniture. Stains on MY clothing. I have thrown away several grease stained shirts that I didn’t think could be repaired. Talk about money down the drain.
The weather turned cool this week, and I was so excited to be able to wear one of my new Goodwill long sleeve shirts that I got for $3. I went through the entire day with no stains…until dinner. I think the bucket of coconut oil that I grabbed from the cabinet must have had some coconut oil on the outside of it, because after dinner I looked in the mirror and noticed THE DREADED GREASE STAIN! UGH! The worst kind! On my brand new shirt! I hadn’t even worn it twelve hours and I had ruined it. When will I learn and start wearing an apron to cook?
I didn’t have any energy to deal with it that night so I waited until the next morning. Here’s what I did to remove the grease stain and make it look as good as new again.
!. Put a few squirts of dish soap on the stain and gently agitate with your fingers, a soft wet toothbrush, or by rubbing the fabric together..
2. Let sit for about 15-30 minutes.
3. Rinse thoroughly.
At this point, I couldn’t tell if the stain was there or not, so I proceeded with the next step just in case.
4. Add 1-2 T. of baking soda and again agitate.
5. Let sit for another 15-30 minutes.
6. Wash in cold water as normal.
DO NOT DRY! Check to see if stain is out and if not, repeat steps. I let mine air dry and the stain was completely gone. YIPPEE!!!
This will now be my go-to method for removing stains. It’s super easy and doesn’t require any fancy or toxic stain sticks or chemicals.
**NOTE**Because I know I will be asked, I used my regular dish detergent. I don’t feel comfortable mentioning brand names, but it’s non-toxic, with no petroleum, no dyes, etc. I imagine any brand will work just fine.
If the above method doesn’t work for you, try soaking the stain with plain white vinegar, peroxide, or washing soda. I have had decent stain removal results with these as well.
The most important thing is to treat as soon as possible and NOT wash the stain ahead of time. Treat first, then wash. Do not dry. These will set in the stain and make it ten thousand times harder to get out. Exaggeration, much?
So there was my tip. Now I want to hear from you! What is your best stain removal tip? Let’s chat in the comment section below!
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