. . . Better Than The Real Thing!
I did my initial post about making your own homemade version of Shout Stain Remover not long after I started this blog….back in July of this year! Wow…time flies.
At the time I hadn’t been using it very long and didn’t have any pictures to share….so I figured it was time for an update. Something I like to call “walkin the walk”. ;-)
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 showhow my homemade “Shout” performs under pressure!
First, let’s review the “recipe”:
Homemade Stain Remover (Shout)
- 2/3 cups Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
(I had Palmolive on hand, so that’s what I used)
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. As you can see in this picture…it does tend to separate a bit. But after a quick shake it’s good to go. 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!
So I tossed it in the washer with the usual suspects….homemade laundry soap, a little of my
faux “OxiClean“ and about a teaspoon of my favorite new laundry ally…Fresh Scent Downy Unstopables. I just love how it makes my clothes smell! I know it’s a bit of an indulgence (it’s fairly pricey at about $8 at bottle) but with all the money I save making my own detergent…I’m OK with it.
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!