I want to be clear … this may not work for everyone or on every stain. And success may depend on the material the clothes are made of. But I’ve started using plain old baking soda on fresh** light clothing stains and it works!
So far I’ve only tried it on cotton or cotton blend clothing. And only on light clothing stains — including grease stains. [I’ll update if I get to try it on new materials.]
But when I’m grabbing a quick bite to eat and need to head out the door, being able to lift an unexpected oops stain from a small area of my shirt has been a great quickie “laundry” substitute. And it’s so simple!
How to “attack” the stain
Okay. This is not rocket science. But it’s helped me more than once, so I just want to share the trick.
- Keep wearing the article of clothing.
- Put a pinch of plain baking soda on the stain.
- Rub it into the area well.
- Let it sit for a few seconds.
- Rub it some more for luck. 🙂
- Then just brush it off over a garbage pail or sink.
- Try again if only a partial success first time.
Voila! Light clothing stain gone!!
Or at least I hope it is. As I said, so far it’s worked on fresh stains every time for me. And now it’s my favorite quickie stain fix. I might even start carrying a small container of baking soda for those special away-from-home oops moments.
And if it didn’t work for you … well, at least you tried. Nice extra that it cost you nothing. And if it did work, you just saved the shirt or whatever from the laundry pile. And you saved yourself the need to quickly change clothes.
Hope this little DIY stain cleaning trick helps you. And leaves you smiling at how ridiculously simple and cheap it is.
**NOTE: I’ve had some luck with slightly older stains using this method and letting the baking soda sit a bit longer. For even older stains, try adding a little dishwashing liquid to the baking soda and rub rub rub before rinsing with water.
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