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Stain Toolkit – Detox Diva DIY

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The child with a chocolateCommon sense and simple know-how are the main tools for removing stains, but given how advertising has generally brain washed us, it is hard to access this wisdom.

A few guiding principles for stain removal include attending to stains as soon as possible; thinking twice before putting stained clothing in the laundry since the heat of the water and dryer can set a stain; scrape, blog, vacuum, or otherwise remove as much of the stain as you can before treatments; never rub a stain; and identify the stain.

* 3 percent hydrogen peroxide – Antibacterial, whitening
* citrus solvents – All-purpose stain removal
* cornmeal – Absorb oily and thick, messy stains
* digestive enzymes– Pepsin digests protein-based stains such as milk, and amylase digests carbohydrate stains
* freezer– For freezing and removing gum, gloppy stains, candle wax, etc. (then scrape off)
* glycerin -Softens old, hardened stains; for labels
* hair dryer – Melts wax (then blot)
* laundry detergents – Liquid detergent is a good all-around stain remover (rub into stain); powdered detergents are better at oil-based stains
* natural acids, such as lemon juice and vinegar – Neutralizes alkaline stains and odors
* oil – Like removes like, sometimes, so try on labels
* oxy-boost type product – Whiteners
* rags – Great for blotting up liquid stains
* salt – Antibacterial, kills sweat bacteria, non-abrasive cleaner, absorbs liquid
* soap -Cuts grease
* sodium percarbonate; sodium perborate – Whitener
* spray bottles – Easy-to-use method of dispersing cleaning products
* toothbrush – Scrubbing hard-to reach areas
* washing soda – Heavy-duty soot and stain remover
* water – A natural solvent; note that warm or cool water is the safest for stain removal because hot water and heat can set stains.

Am I suggesting you don’t buy commercial stain removers? Yes, given the chemicals in such products are often toxic for health and/or the environment, and that the products on the market don’t work any more effectively than the arsenal above. Many synthetic stain removing products are flammable and contain neurotoxic petroleum solvents. Further, synthetic stain removers can harm natural fibers, such as silk and wool.

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