I was actually inspired to DO this update after my 16 year old presented me with this shirt to wash last week. He said it had been sitting in the bottom of his dirty clothes basket for awhile. (I don’t think I even want to know what HIS version of “awhile” is!) All you “professional” clothes washers out there will know exactly what that is on the front of it. Yep…chocolate. A chocolate stain on a shirt that had been in his closet for “awhile”. Seemed like the perfect opportunity to show how my homemade “Shout” performs under pressure!
Homemade Stain Remover (Shout)
- 2/3 cups Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (I had Palmolive on hand, so that’s what I used)
- 2/3 cups ammonia
- 6 Tblsp baking soda
- 2 cups warm water
Mix everything together and pour into a spray bottle. I got this one at Wal-Mart for about a buck. (I actually got SEVERAL of them for the array of natural/homemade cleaners I have started using. My inventory continues to expand!)
Before you go to use it…if it’s been sitting for awhile…give it a good shake. To use: spray on stains as you normally would. I usually let mine “soak in” for a few minutes at least. Then launder as usual.
In this case, since the chocolate stain posed a bit more of a challenge…I took a few extra seconds (literally, that’s all it took) and rubbed the fabric together where I’d sprayed and when I was finished was somewhat shocked to see the stain was practically already GONE! It’s still there….but barely visible. My old bottle of “real” Shout never did that!
And through the magic of the internet…….TADA! Here is the “AFTER” shot.
Once again…clean and pristine. I think even my son was impressed with this one. I really don’t think he believed I could prevail with this one. HA! That’ll teach him to doubt my laundering prowess. lol.
So that is my latest adventure in “clotheskeeping” (Martha Stewart knows how to make anything sound more glamorous!) I hope you find it helpful in your “battles” in the laundry room!