Moms everywhere. I have a FREE stain remover to share with you. It’s readily available (for the majority of you), and 100% free. It’s the sun! Did you know that the sun could remove stains? I really hope not, because I was hoping to be the one to break this wonderful news to you, but it really does! I knew that my mom would hang our clothes on the porch at times growing up, but I guess I never really paid much attention. My mom did all of our laundry in our household, so once I got to college, I had to figure that business out. I’m really still learning how to be the ultimate stain-fighter, but as long as I can pick up the phone and dial my mom’s digits, I’ll be totally fine. I really picked up on this sun trick during the months following Hattie’s birth. My mom saved so much of my baby clothes, so as she took the upcoming sizes out of storage for Hattie to wear, she would soak the yellowed items and hang them in the sun. For the most part, this removed the yellow age spots quite well, but when I began using it in my day to day laundry duties, I fell in love. Lots of times I will be folding clothes fresh out of the dryer and I will stumble upon one of Hattie’s darling pieces of clothes only to notice a dreaded stain, dried in like a champ. This awful thing also happens when I am packing Hattie’s outgrown clothes away, I cross my heart when I say this but I’m fairly certain those darn spit up stains darken as they sit in the closet… As a solution to these two problems, I decided to give the sun a try. Boy, oh boy, I’m glad that I did. I start by spraying Shout, or Dreft stain fighter onto every stained spot. I then hang the clothing piece on my front porch in the morning hours so that it catches direct sunlight for quite some time. Usually the evening breeze will remind me that I decorated my front door with baby clothes as I hear the ticking of the hanger, and by that time the stain has magically disappeared! I then throw it into the wash with like colors to clean off the stain fighter. And dust. I live on a road made of dirt, did I mention that? Now you know. Laugh all you want, but I’m totally not kidding. If my stains are really bad, or one day in the sun doesn’t seem to cut it, I will soak the item in a bowl of Clorox 2 (it has to be the Clorox brand, the off brands just won’t work as effectively) and warm water for at least 24 hours, then I will ring the item out so that it remains damp, add some Clorox 2 directly onto the spots and hang it in the sun this way. If neither of these processes works, then I submit to the stain, but this rarely happens. My batting average is superb.
And now, because seeing is believing.
It works great for removing smells as well. Like from smelly old hunting jackets, and work boots. Not that I would know…
Big thanks to my mom for all of her laundry skills, We’d be a family full of stains without her brain 🙂