Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pinterest for the win

Last week, my BFF K was nice enough to hand down a gazillion outfits to P that her son has outgrown. They are all super cute, but she did warn me that a lot of them had some stains and she hadn't really tried too hard to get any of them out. Meaning, they had been set in for over a year. A lot of the clothes are just play clothes and outfits I plan to use for daycare, but there were some really adorable things and I decided to attempt a hardcore stain removal.

After searching good ol' trusty Pinterest, it led me to a few sites who swore by a magic laundry cleaner with a few simple household items:

Hydrogen Peroxide, Dawn Dishsoap and Baking Soda. 3 things everyone pretty much always has on hand. You do 2 parts peroxide and 1 part Dawn and baking soda. I mixed up a lot so I did 1 cup of peroxide and 1/2 cup of the Dawn and soda.
Mix it up really well - it obviously starts to bubble up from the peroxide. With the baking soda, it sort of becomes thick and paste-like. Isn't the color so pretty?

After I had my solution made up, I headed down to our dungeon laundry room and got to work  treating the stains.
This is the first outfit I worked on - isn't it adorable? I'm a sucker for anything with whales! You can't really tell from the picture, but there was a huge spit up stain going down the entire right side of this outfit. And it had been there for 2 years and washed and dried a million times to really set the stain in.
So I dumped a bunch of the mixture onto the stain. And yes, that's our baby monitor - had to use baby boy's nap time for something productive!
 Then I used a brush to scrub the stain remover into the stain. As per the instructions, I let it sit for 1 hour to let it really soak in.
 Again, these pictures really suck, but here's another stain on this adorable Polo outfit. Just take my word for it, the stain was there and really gross.
I mean, seriously, how adorable? You can see why I really wanted to get these stains out so baby boy could wear these!
 Madras collar! The other side of the white color was super stained.
 Again, hard to tell, but take my word for it! Gross baby food stain!
 Nautical romper! OMG!
 Spit up stain right on the front of the collar. Not cute.

So I applied the stain removed to like 8 outfits, scrubbed it in and let them all sit for an hour. Then I just washed them like normal.
 I put the remaining solution into a water bottle for future use!
 The results! I'm sorry that I can't truly capture how clean and bright white this turned out!
The stain is 100% GONE!
 I can't wait to put P in this!
And the collar of this one is now super white! Every single outfit came clean with zero stains left behind. I just wish I could capture it better on film, but I was blown away by how well it worked.

So I would highly recommend this for any stains, especially set in ones that are tough to get out. It's inexpensive as well, which is always a plus in my book. Gotta love Pinterest!

70 comments:

KatiePerk said...

Thank you for sharing!! Matt and I were just discussing how to handle stains like that. Especially now that she is eating food. Bibs aren't protecting everything!! hahaha.

Always Organizing said...

Nice!!! Hey Kim :) I've been
reading, but not commenting. Sorry!
Your little guy is such a sweetie, glad everything is going well :)

Kate said...

Ahhh so many cute nautical outfits! I can see why you didn't want the stains! Glad everything worked out.

Leonor said...

Great blog! Awesome tip! I plan to use it very soon. Doyou know if it is safe on neon-ish colors?

Anonymous said...

I found you on Pinterest and am interested in trying out this stain remover on my toddler's clothes. Do you know if you have to use Dawn specifically or if another dishsoap would work? I have Sunlight under my sink right now.

Robin said...

I use this exact recipe found off Pinterest- I don't measure specifically, just eye it. I have had some accidents with dark colors, and discoloration. I have had to be careful with my ratios of peroxide to the Dawn. But light colors I leave it on for several hours or overnight and there have been very few stains that this has not worked on. It's great!

Anonymous said...

Just an FYI re: hydrogen peroxide: once exposed tolight it starts to break down to water, which is why it is always in those dark brown bottles. So if you want to store any extra, you might want to black out the bottle, or find one that is! (ps: this mixture works amazing, great post!)

Anonymous said...

Can any dish soap be used?

Anonymous said...

wear do you buy Hydrogen Peroxide

Anonymous said...

Dawn is best because it is also a grease fighter :)

Amy Turon said...

You can purchase Hydrogen Peroxide at any pharmacy, Walmart, or grocery store.

Nikki Yorgason said...

You just made my day. I saw this pinned on Pinterest just as I was bemoaning many lost outfits from my daughter's messy eating habits. I can't wait to get started tomorrow! Thank you!

Lisa Sears said...

i have tried so many things before that haven't worked so i will give it a try. has anyone tried it with any other brand of dish soap? i have a load in already with my current dish soap so will let you know how it goes.

Unknown said...

I was SO excited to try this -- and it was a total fail :-( Maybe it's a hard water/ soft water thing?

Stacey Martin said...

Hi! Thanks for this great stain remover recipie! Just curious if anyone had luck with it on newborn spit up stains and if the stains come back after a white... Particularly the yellowish ones on white or soft coloured clothing?

Anonymous said...

How did it work with a brand other than Dawn? I have something else under my sink right now as well and was wondering if I should try it...

sarashley said...

I cannot wait to try this. Expecting another Spring baby girl, so I've just pulled out all the newborn clothes and they are so stained since my daughter had reflux. I swear they were washed and clean when I packed them up. Something about them being in storage for 2 years that really brings the stains out. Gross. Hoping this works for me or reusing all the clothes won't be an option (really they're that bad!) Thanks!

Kelly Keen said...

Thanks for sharing, I hope this works on poo as well :)

Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

This is great to know because I did a lot of second hand shopping and one lady at a yard sale gave me a giant box of baby clothes for 3 bucks and quite a few of the adorable outfits were badly stained from formula. I'm going to give this a try and see if I can't make those stains go away!!

Anonymous said...

I made the big batch for future use and put it in an old dish soap bottle. It keeps bubbling up out of the bottle. Any suggestions.?

Becci Brewster said...

Do you know if this would work on mildew stains?
I have 2 shirts of my son's that were left in a bag after getting wet in the sprinkler and they are so adorable, I don't want to throw them out...

kristine said...

When you say two parts peroxide and one part dawn and baking soda what does the exactly mean and does they peroxide bleach the clothes.

britt said...

Will it fade/bleach colors??

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Anonymous said...

Hey, great post. I just used this exact recipe on armpit stains on my husbands white shirts and work shirts. It was like magic! To answer questions for some of you, I used a 'no name' brand orange dish soap. It works just as good. Most of his shirts are now completely stain free, but some I will try to go back over as they are not completely gone(still noticeable better). Maybe it was because my arm was getting tired of scrubbing so many shirts at once (I got excited lol.) And this is safe to use on any fabric. Hydrogen Peroxide is simply water with an extra oxygen atom attached. Some people use this to clean lace or to make their own oxyclean. And it will not ruin any colors. Oh and the baking soda is to give you an added texture for scrubbing. Its not necessary, although helpful, but it also helps take out odors.

Anonymous said...

Hey, great post. I just used this exact recipe on armpit stains on my husbands white shirts and work shirts. It was like magic! To answer questions for some of you, I used a 'no name' brand orange dish soap. It works just as good. Most of his shirts are now completely stain free, but some I will try to go back over as they are not completely gone(still noticeable better). Maybe it was because my arm was getting tired of scrubbing so many shirts at once (I got excited lol.) And this is safe to use on any fabric. Hydrogen Peroxide is simply water with an extra oxygen atom attached. Some people use this to clean lace or to make their own oxyclean. And it will not ruin any colors. Oh and the baking soda is to give you an added texture for scrubbing. Its not necessary, although helpful, but it also helps take out odors.

Anonymous said...

Will this work on strollers/carseats without ruining it?

Anonymous said...

Warning! Like Robin said a while ago, hydrogen peroxide WILL bleach some colors! It's quite good at bleaching dark blues, in fact. It just depends on the dye and fabric. If you have a dark color, test your solution first and consider reducing the amount of hydrogen peroxide.

So glad you've shared this formula! It's fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Hey! I'm a bit late to the party but I was linked to this post by a friend.

It looks amazing and I want to do it for the mould in my shower too. But I wanted to ask: what concentration of hydrogen peroxide did you use?

Thanks!

Amber M said...
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Amber M said...

I'm just wondering if you've gone back and used the left-over solution? Did it work? Pretty much everything I've ever read about using baking soda says not to save the solutions, since once activated, baking soda lasts a relatively short amount of time. That being said, I'm really excited to try this on my kid's stuff!!!!

Margaret said...

You really should tamp gently with the brush, not scrub. I used to own a dry cleaners so trust me on this one. Your objective is to push the cleaner into the fibers of the clothing. If you rub or scrub you can damage the fabric.

Anonymous said...

Dollar store

kay said...

Any idea how this would work in the washer to soak clothes in? I want to try it on my kids white socks.

Amanda said...

Storing in a water bottle isn't a great idea, because peroxide turns into water and oxygen when exposed to light. Either make the amount you'll need, or store it in a dark bottle.

lilbird said...

Oh I am so glad I found this! I have a 20 year old outfit that my son wore home from the hospital that I really wanted to pass down to his son that's due in Aug. Going to try this if it works I will be so excited!

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Anonymous said...

Be VERY careful when using a HE front loading washing machine. Mine completely busted out with suds and we had to get the wet vac out. It is on its third wash cycle and still not clean. Use with caution!!!

Anonymous said...

I have used a "magic" spray to get cat pee smell out of carpet that has the same ingredients. You CANNOT store peroxide and baking soda in a sealed container because it will bubble out and leak everywhere. When I had an incontinent cat, I would keep it in a spray bottle but leave the top unscrewed.

Carolyn B. said...

I have used the hydrogen peroxide mix for several years without the baking soda. It turns pink but still works. I have added the baking soda on tougher stains and scrubbed and that helps. Also with greasy stains, put Dawn directly on the spot and scrub and then add the combination.
If Dawn can get oil out of ducks feathers, it can certainly work on our clothes.

Anonymous said...

Great post. I used it on my old baptism dress with hopes of getting it clean enough for my daughter's baptism next month. The dress had set in spit up stains that had been there 27 years and they came right out. Thanks so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Becci Brewster (or anyone else that has forgotten a load in the washing machine only for clothes to retain the mildew smell): wash them again (even if they have been dried) but add a cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar along with your regular detergent - mildew smell GONE and they smell fresh (no lingering vinegar smell, I promise!) it's safe for HE washers too :)

Mrs JD said...

Oooh pooh oooh... My 13 mos old refuses to wear a bib and always has... Soooo needed this!!! Idea to combat peroxide breaking down due to light exposure... See if a spray bottle nozzel will fit an empty peroxide bottle or get out the trusty ole duct tape and tape up that spray bottle to block out the light. ��

Anonymous said...

I have been doing this for years but here is what I use that is even better. I use tide with peroxide and oxy stain remover or dawn. Dawn is ok for something with a lot of grease but it saved me a lot of money on clothes instead of replacing them when it just had one big stain. It works on crochet items, I had a stain right on the middle of my breast and it was a 50 dollars sweater but the homemade cleaner took it right out with a little work.

Emma Merrills said...

where do i buy this dawn stuff ??? thanks
emma

Sharon Graham said...

I've tried every stain cleaner imaginable. My go to was a Fels Naptha Bar and it wouldn't get the stain spots out of my favorite new shirt. I tried this recipe and it really worked!! I immediately made a bottle each for my grown daughters who have 5 children between them.

Angela McGinnis said...

I bought a dress on sale/marked down because it had makeup/lipstick around the neck,that is white, and the bottom (waist down) is black. Well I put stain remover on it and washed. WELLLL, the make up came out, but the white top half of the dress is now a dingy grey color...URGH...I've tried everything to get the white back to white, but no luck =( I'm going to try this, but do you all think it will effect the black color?

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Anonymous said...

This recipe calls to mind one that I have used on numerous occasions. Not for laundry, actually, but to wash my dog after she had been sprayed by skunks. Multiple times. After the first time I used this recipe, I vowed to not ever buy any of the exorbitantly priced so called musk removers. Or tomato soup, which just left the dog smelling like skunk and sauce. Safe and non toxic, and also effective, although you have to rinse and repeat a few times, this is tried and true way to de-stink your pets if they have an encounter with a skunk.

ariesangel said...

Thank you so much! I discovered while folding little man's laundry over the weekend that he had what appeared to be squash stains all over the front of a brand new shirt. I have no idea how he got it on there but of course I didn't notice until after it had been dried. going to try this now!

damama55 said...

Great tip. Love it. I was wondering if you are taking the pics with your flash on. I find when I shut the flash off, sometimes get the pictures I want. Or maybe you need to adjust the brightness on your camera? Hope it helps. Great post.

Megan Brady said...

You actually can see the difference! The clothes look way brighter too! Thanks for the magic soap!

Anonymous said...

I don't see where the blogger has answered the questions?

Brenda Craver said...

I used this on my husbands work shirts where he had some spots. I applied and let sit for 30 minutes, then used a scrub brush on them. Tossed into the wash and checked his shirt after washing. No more spots, however when I pulled them out of the dryer, the spots were gone and the area where the spots were, were cleaner than the shirt!

Anonymous said...

How much baking soda is used in the recipe?

Mrs. Brittany Hall said...

If it's in a clear bottle then the light is causing the peroxide to break down (back to water); that's why peroxide is sold in brown bottles, as mentioned above. You need a dark or blacked out bottle to store it in.

Anonymous said...

Brenda, would this work on underarm stains?

Tiffany Anne Kuechenmeister said...

Oh man, I cannot wait to try this!

Anonymous said...

Important to use the Dawn. For some reason it is more powerful than any others.

Diana said...

I have a brand new, white open cardigan that wasn't cheap and had two stains that accidentally went through the dryer. I followed these instructions exactly and they both came out the first time! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

So many questions with no answers! :( do you read the posts?? Is it one part soda and dawn combined or one part each? Explanation is unclear...

Anonymous said...

It is dish soap...so grocery store.

Anonymous said...

I know!!!! Annoying...

Kay Kathleen said...

Just tried this yesterday, and I can't believe how well this works! My kids' clothes look bright and shiny and new!! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Be careful......That combination of chemicals, in certain ratios, will cause a bottle to explode if capped and excess gases have nowhere to go. It works great for skunk smell!

Anonymous said...

For those that need something stronger that works perfect on baby spit up stains - I use this on all sorts of stains. Soak white or colorfast clothes in a a gallon or more hot water (depends on how many items you have to soak)that you have mixed with 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 cup powdered automatic dishwasher soap like Cascade. It works miracles.

Anonymous said...

For those of you who did try this...

Is it one part soda and dawn combined or one part each? Explanation is unclear...

Anonymous said...

The FORMULA - for those constantly asking and yet not reading or looking at the picture - is ...
1 CUP OF PEROXIDE, HALF A CUP OF DAWN AND HALF A CUP OF BAKING SODA

Bryan said...

Didn't really do anything. Worked fairly well on pit stains and ring around the collar. But it didn't do much for all my other stains.

Summer Haffner said...

It worked great for me with our clear Palmolive!

 
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