If you’re like me (and hopefully you’re not!), you get a lot of unfortunate stains on your clothes! I swear, it’s like I have a hole in my bottom lip or something! I can’t seem to eat anything without getting food on my shirt. :-(
When that happens at home I immediately change my shirt and throw the stained shirt in the hamper. But when I don’t have time to wash it right away, I worry about the stain getting harder to get out as it sits there. So I decided to come up with something I could quickly rub on the stain BEFORE I threw it in the hamper. Something along the lines of the Resolve Stain Stick.
After a few failed attempts (too crumbly, not enough stain-fighting power) I have come up with what I think is a WINNER!
I used it on this soy sauce stain on my son Sten’s t-shirt and you can see for yourself….it worked great!
Here is the “recipe”:
DIY Laundry Stain Stick
- 1 bar Fels Naptha laundry soap (finely grated)
- 1/3 cup washing soda*
- 1/3 cup borax*
- 2 Tbs vinegar
- 4-6 Tbs water
- 2 Tbs Dawn dish liquid
*If you can’t find or don’t have one of these on hand, just double-up on the other.
Add all the ingredients EXCEPT the Dawn dish liquid to a saucepan and heat together over LOW until combined and mostly melted. I say “mostly melted” because no longer how long I cooked it, the soap never COMPLETELY melted. That’s why it’s important to grate the soap as finely as you can.
When the mixture starts to thicken, remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes before adding the Dawn. You are going to want to work quickly because it will start to harden pretty fast.
Spoon the mixture into a plastic baggie, clip off one corner, and pipe into your empty deodorant container.
Fill about 1/2 way, then tap the container on the countertop to help it to settle, then continue to fill and tap until it is completely filled and there are no air pockets. Allow to cool completely before using.
How to use:
When you have a stain that you don’t have time to wash immediately, grab your stain stick and gently rub it on the stain. I find it helpful to get my fingers wet and rub it across the top of the stain stick before I rub it on the stain. It glides more smoothly that way.
Now throw the stained item into the hamper and forget it. Well, at least until it’s time to do the wash. :-)
Before I threw it in the washing machine I got it a little wet (just held it under the water filling the machine) and rubbed it together for a few seconds, just to get it even deeper into the stain. Then I washed as usual.
Borax helps break down acidic stains, and washing soda and vinegar act as a solvent and both boosts the stain removing power of the detergent. But I really think the addition of the Dawn is key. It’s a key ingredient in my homemade “Shout” and I think it really helps in this recipe too!
BTW…this recipe will make more than one “stick” but I only had one empty deodorant container available. I put the extra mixture into a couple of silicone flower molds I have and will use them like this. Not as slick as the container, but they will work just fine. :-)
This stick is now another permanent fixture in my laundry cabinet, right next to my homemade “Shout”. :-)
The next time you have a stain situation (which for me will probably be within the next 10 minutes!) you’ll have an option to help STOP THE STAIN in its tracks without having to drop everything and do a load of wash.