For stains, perspiration particularly, wet the area and soap up with a good plain laundry soap and then place it on grass in the sun, it must be green grass. Leave in the sun for a number of hours keeping it damp and well soaped all the time. I don’t know why or how this works but the stain just seems to rise to the surface (you can see it happen when it does ) and then rinses off quite readily. Fresh and clean and not a trace of perspiration stain. It will remove ingrained stains from pillow covers and pillow slips and especially those in men’s shirt underarms. The person who told me about it years ago said that it was given to her by an Italian lady. Hope this is helpful.
— Dell, Australia
Per your request for suggestions on non-toxic stain removal methods, the two best I’ve found are also the simplest: Long soaking in laundry wash water and long exposure to sunlight. I’m exceptionally lazy and am pleased with how often these work.
— Juli Ulvestad
Hiya! For fruit stains, pouring boiling water on the fabric where the stain is works.
Pouring salt directly on a wine spill to soak up the red wine from a white carpet worked for me once, another time baking soda did not.
I always use the cheapest shampoo (shampoo with no conditioner or other additives) to remove any type of stains from washables. Since I wash everything except for things that really need a professional press thus everything I own is “washable.”
I wash wool both knitted and woven, all cottons, all silks and any manmade fiber.
When you find a stain put some shampoo on it and work back and forth to get the shampoo right into all fibers. Of course on delicates you work it carefully, with less force. Then I either hand wash, or toss in a machine (most things go into hot water). My son is a chef, so on his white coats, I use a nail brush. The fabric is heavy and can take the brush.
This works on protein stains like blood and milk, oil or grease stains, coffee and tea stains, wine and just about anything. If a stain has been left in a long time, you might have to do it twice or more. The fabrics are not damaged in any way.
Peace — Margaret
I use one of the products in my store (The Clean Earth Shop) to remove stains from my clothes. It works wonderfully, is toxin free, and not tested on animals! The full MSDS sheet and label is available on the web site.
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