19 March 2020

Easy Low-Tox Stain Removal Hack

For a while now I’ve been searching for a low-tox / zero waste option for removing stains from clothes. I seem to be a clumsy person by nature and previously relied on heavy chemical products to keep my clothing bright and stain-free. Of course, all of which had an endless list of ingredients I hadn’t heard of, let alone could pronounce. I decided I didn’t want to use these harsh products on my clothes (which would directly contact my skin), but after a few unhelpful web searches, I had no idea where to find a suitable alternative. That was, until last weekend.

I was at a house party (before the COVID-19 precautions started). My gorgeous friend Codie, wearing a beautiful white dress, walked around the room socialising and sipping her red wine. Someone made a joke about how they could never manage such risky behaviour around their expensive designer clothing (wait, was that me?). This led to a discussion where she shared her low-tox DIY stain removal method. 

What you’re about to read is highly confidential information. It’s a secret that the large companies want to keep from you, so you keep buying their products. If you’ve been on the low-tox lifestyle for a while now, it’ll blow your mind how seemingly obvious this one is. Are you ready?

Bi-carb soda + Castille Soap + Scrubbing brush = The Cheapest, Easiest, Most Effective Stain Removal Hack.

If you read the previous post, 20 Things I Don't Buy, you’ll already know that my basket has replaced my everyday handbag. But, it’s pretty dirty at the moment. I decided to test it out. Surely something so simple couldn’t deliver the same standard as the generic stain soak? Well, see for yourself. 

I started by scooping two teaspoons of bi-carbonate (baking) soda into a glass jar, I squeezed approximately 4 teaspoons of soap into the jar and stirred them until a paste-like consistency formed. I transferred a small amount of the mixture to the stained garment and scrubbed with the brush. The mixture will become foamy- and look like shaving cream. Use the brush to scrub until the stain is gone. (My brush is the Pot Scrubber from Seed & Sprout). Each stained area took less than a minute. I was surprised at how quickly this worked. (I can be pretty impatient when it comes to soaking a garment for hours).

Pot Scrubber from Seed & Sprout

Dr Bronner's Castille Soap
I was also surprised at how inexpensive it is to make. I was lucky enough to be given some castille soap samples, but you can purchase Dr Bronner’s Castille Soap for $12.95 (237ml bottle). Bi-carbonate soda is so versatile, that I always have it on hand. Out of the amount I made, I used about half. I calculated this recipe to cost roughly $0.58 per batch! (And I still have half, left).

Happy Scrubbing!

Yours in all things sustainable, 

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