I hate doing laundry…mostly because of the endless amount of it. As soon as I have all of our clothes washed, dried, folded, and put away, there is already more dirty clothes in everyone’s laundry baskets! Grrr…(This is the same reason why I hate all cleaning in general, especially now that I have kids). Another reason I hate doing laundry now that I have kids is that they seem to spill on EVERYTHING. I’ve been known in the past to simply throw a shirt away rather than try to get a stain out. I was so sick of the endless scrubbing with Shout stain remover. But then, I discovered a new solution for laundry stain removal: non-chlorine bleach. Non-chlorine bleach makes laundry stain removal so much easier. It’s safe on colors, inexpensive, and a little goes a long way to get rid of tough stains.
You can buy Oxiclean, but I think it’s expensive. I’ve started simply buying liquid non-chlorine bleach for my laundry stain removal. You can find this at your local Target by the environmentally-friendly laundry products. Seventh Generation makes a good product, which is slightly more expensive, or I buy this one:
This 60oz. bottle only costs me $3.99 and it lasts me several months with a family of 5. Oxiclean is almost $10 and lasts only a month!
But the best part of non-chlorine bleach is that it makes my life so much easier! I use the cap to “measure” a small amount of bleach and simply pour it directly on the stain. Because it’s chlorine-free, it is safe to use on colors! (If you read the tags on your clothing, I bet that most of them tell you to only use non-chlorine bleach.)
I’ve tested non-chlorine bleach on stains from food, beverages, dirt, blood, urine/poop (I have three kids y’all), markers, pen, and paint. My daughter gets frequent bloody noses and has white sheets…bad combination, but this is the trick! Really, the only thing that I’ve found that non-chlorine bleach does not do well with is anything oily. So if you get cooking oil or grease on your clothes, try scrubbing it with dish soap before throwing it in the wash.
Laundry Stain Removal Using Non-Chlorine Bleach
Here is what I do to pre-treat stains:
1. If it’s not a fresh stain, I spray the stain with shout and lightly scrub it in.
2. Use the cap to the non-chlorine bleach to pour a small amount directly onto the stain.
3. Throw it in the washing machine and wash according to the instructions on the item’s tag.
4. After washing, check that the stain is completely gone before throwing it in the dryer. Otherwise, the heat from the dryer will set the stain and you will never get it out.
Non-Chlorine Bleach In Action
Here are some before and afters when using this method:
What is your go-to laundry stain removal method? Share with us in the comments!
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