DIY stain remover

If you haven’t already, you should read my posts on DIY laundry detergent and about an alternative to toxic dryer sheets. Our laundry routine has a big impact on our family’s toxic load. When we use products laced with chemicals and then wear those clothes day in and day out, it is a big deal. I have been making my own detergent for a while and absolutely love it. I had been seeking out a good stain remover. For whatever reason, I have never been good at getting out stains. Spray N Wash was my go-to remover and it did a poor job at that! As I frequently do, I consulted my Think Dirty app and found out that Spray N Wash was a 7 due to containing known carcinogens! For a while, I just stopped using it and crossed my fingers the stains would come out! Let’s just say, finger crossing usually didn’t work!

My daughter is a taggie lover! If you don’t know what that is, it is basically a little blankie with lots of tags coming off the edges for her to suck on or chew. She sleeps with one every night and lately has been desiring to have it throughout the day as well. Needless to say, it was starting to look pretty terrible! Don’t judge! It got that bad because I was refusing to use a toxic product on something she would constantly be putting in her mouth.

So this week I set out to find a safe alternative. I came across this recipe that uses Lemon essential oil and that was perfect because I am always looking for ways to utilize the power of my oils. I am going to share the recipe with you and then show you some pictures after I pulled it from the dryer.

2 Tablespoons Vegetable Glycerin (You can get this on Amazon)
2 Tablespoons Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap (Amazon or Target)
3/4 cup filtered water
10 drops Lemon Essential oil (I use Young Living because it is actually 100% pure. Make sure you are using a high quality oil)
Glass spray bottle

1. Add all the ingredients into the glass bottle and shake well.
2. Spray on stain and gently rub it together to help break up the stain.

**Both times I have used it so far, as soon as I started rubbing the fabric together the stain was immediately disappearing. I do recommend laundering the item right away because Lemon can discolor the fabric if it does not go into a wash cycle soon enough. I have not had a problem with this, but just want you to be aware.

And here is the final product after one wash cycle:

Isn’t that amazing??!! I was absolutely shocked at how well it worked! Now, as my daughter walks around with her taggie hanging out of her mouth, I can’t help but smile knowing that I, as her mom, was able to make something completely safe to get her special taggie stain-free! It took me about 2 minutes to make this spray and I will be throwing that Spray N Wash junk into the trash! Now, my laundry room is officially 100% toxin-free! I take great pride in making these changes for my family! You can do it, too!

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