How do natural stain removers work?
Natural stain removers work by using ingredients that can either break down, dissolve, or lift the stain molecules from the fabric. Some common natural ingredients that can do this are:
Bicarb soda: neutralises acidic stains and absorb odours and grease, particularly good for carpets.
Castile soap: Emulsify and remove dirt, oil, and grease from fabrics.
Hydrogen peroxide or Sodium Percarbonate: a natural bleach, can oxidise organic stains like blood, wine, or coffee.
Vinegar: Can dissolve mineral stains like rust and hard water deposits, and also act as a natural fabric softener.
Lemon or lime juice: a natural bleach, removes stains from white fabrics due to its acetic acid content.
What are the advantages of using natural stain removers over conventional ones?
Some of the advantages of using natural stain removers over conventional ones are:
They are safer for your health and the environment. Natural stain removers do not contain harmful chemicals like chlorine, ammonia, or synthetic fragrances that can irritate your skin, eyes, lungs, or cause allergic reactions. They also do not leave any toxic residues on your clothes or in the waterways.
They are cheaper and more accessible. Natural stain removers can be made from ingredients that you already have in your home or can easily find at your local store. They are also more economical than buying commercial stain removers that can be expensive and run out quickly.
They are gentler on your fabrics. Natural stain removers do not damage or discolor your fabrics like some conventional stain removers can. They also help to preserve the quality and longevity of your clothes by keeping them soft and fresh1.
How do I store and dispose of natural stain removers?
The way you store and dispose of natural stain removers depends on the type and quantity of the ingredients. However, some general tips are:
Store natural stain removers in airtight containers in a cool and dark place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Label them clearly and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
Use natural stain removers within six months of making them for optimal effectiveness.
Dispose of natural stain removers by flushing them down the drain with plenty of water. Do not pour them into storm drains or waterways as they may still have some environmental impact.