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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Homemade Stain Remover

When I was making my own laundry detergent the other day, I wondered what to do with that little 1/3 bar of leftover Fels Naptha soap. I really don't want it just hanging around my house.

I had seen a recipe for a pre-treat stain remover using soap. I thought I'd give it a try. I'm still playing with the quantities because the article I read had none. Here's what I did.

Slice the soap into littler pieces and put into a glass jar. I used a pint jar so I could measure on the side, but you could use a smaller jar to start with. I put 1 Cup of soap bits into the jar. (I only had about 1/2 C of Fels so I used a partial bar of Dial soap for the rest). Make sure you don't use any soaps with moisturizers as these are oils you don't want on your clothes. Just plain types of soaps. Even hotel samples work for this if they are not the moisturizing bars.


I used equal parts soap and boiling water, but the end result wasn't the 'jelly' I was promised. I'm suggesting putting 1 part soap and 1 1/4 part boiling water. ie: 1 Cup soap plus 1 1/4 Cups boiling water or 1/2 Cup soap and just about 2/3 Cup boiling water.


When you pour the boiling water over the soap bits, stir them until they melt. Then let the mixture cool and put the lid on the jar. It should make a soap jelly substance. When you need to pretreat a stain, rub some of this soap jelly onto the stain and wash as usual.


Once I use up my pint of pre-treat, I'll let you know how the new ratio goes. I just know that 1/1 is not enough water. Let me know your results!


Keep watching---I've also given up shampoo and will let you know how my all natural hair

treatments go. So far, I'm loving it.

2 comments:

Brenda Sherman said...

Okay, what is up with the homemade shampoo?? I need to see the recipe.

Lara Erickson said...

Would love to hear more about the shampoo.

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