Have you ever sat down to fold laundry fresh out of the dryer only to find this?
Oils stains: the bane of my existence.
Aggravating, isn’t it?
I’ve been looking for natural ways to clean around the house (and save money at the same time). While I don’t think I’m brave enough yet to use homemade laundry detergent, I found myself without a stain pre-treater or spot remover today after doing some laundry. I’ve read that baking soda is great at just about 1,000,000 different things.
I love my husband. But the man has this uncanny ability of defying the laws of physics when it comes to spills and making messes. Yesterday he managed to spill the entire contents of his coffee mug onto the floor, but didn’t drop either his cell phones (yes, two) or his coffee mug. Please explain that one to me. Also, I have watched him be motionless with a drink in his hand and in a split second the drink is spilled everywhere. He defies the law of physics. Please don’t try to convince me otherwise.
So as you can imagine, I was upset at the sight of those oil stains. More so because he gets upset with ME when there are oil stains on his clean clothes. Please don’t bother to understand that one. Seriously…don’t.
So in searching ways to remove oil stains, I remember I read somewhere that you can “revive” old oil by adding a little more oil. Makes sense when I think of my cast iron skillets looking a tad dull before I add oil or butter on them. There’s still a slight sheen of oil there even when bone dry after cleaning with soap (which you’re not supposed to do, I know).
Here’s what I did today that will remove even the oldest, most stubborn oil stains from clothes. I’ve only tried this on cotton so far, but I’ll let you know what other fabrics it will work on (because I can always trust on my husband to give me fresh material).
Here’s what you’ll need:
non-cooking oil (I used WD-40)
scrap of cardboard (optional)
Dawn liquid dish detergent
an old toothbrush
your regular laundry routine after stain removal
** UPDATE: I tried this with extra virgin olive oil and forgot to use Dawn. Oil stains were STILL THERE!***
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