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laundry products - alternatives


GENERAL CLEANERS.
Vinegar. To remove smoky odor from clothes, fill your
bathtub with hot water. Add 1 cup white vinegar. Hang garments above the steaming bath water. White vinegar eliminates soap residue by adding 1 cup of white vinegar to the water’s final rinse. Vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics but strong enough to dissolve alkaline in soaps and detergents. Vinegar also breaks down uric acid, so adding 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse water is especially good for babies’ clothes. To get wool and cotton blankets soft and fluffy as new, add 2 cups white vinegar to a full tub of rinse water. DO NOT USE VINEGAR IF YOU ADD CHLORINE BLEACH TO YOUR RINSE WATER. IT WILL PRODUCE HARMFUL VAPORS.
Baking Soda. You can cut the amount of chlorine bleach used in your wash by half when you add 1/2 cup baking soda to top loading machines or 1/4 cup to front loaders. Baking soda also makes clothes feel soft and smell fresh, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup per wash load.
Dry Bleach. Dry bleaches containing sodium perborate are of low toxicity (unless in strong solution, then they can be irritating to the skin). Use according to package directions.
Protein Shampoo. When hand washing silk use a protein shampoo to “feed” the protein in the silk.

FABRIC SOFTENER
Vinegar or Baking Soda. Add 1 cup of white vinegar or 1/4 cup of baking soda to the final rinse.

SPOT AND STAIN REMOVERS
BLOOD
Meat tenderizer.
Cover stained area with meat tenderizer, apply cool water to make a paste, let set for 15-30 minutes and then sponge with cool water.

CHOCOLATE

Club Soda, Shortening, or Milk. Soak stain with club soda before washing; or rub shortening into stain and wash; or apply milk to stain to keep from setting.

COLA

White Vinegar. Apply undiluted vinegar directly to the stain within 24 hours. Wash as usual.

COLLAR STAINS

Hair shampoo. Brush hair shampoo into soiled shirt collars before
laundering. Shampoo is made to dissolve body oils.

DE-YELLOW SILK OR WOOL
Vinegar.
Mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar in 1 pint of water. Sponge with this solution and rinse. Wash as usual.

GREASE ON DOUBLE-KNIT
Club soda. Sponge on club soda to remove grease from double
knit fabrics.

SUEDE
Vinegar or club soda. Sponge spot with a cloth dipped in vinegar or club soda. Dry and restore nap by brushing with a suede brush.

PERSPIRATION STAINS
White Vinegar or Lemon Juice or Aspirin.
Sponge stains with a weak solution of white vinegar or lemon juice, or soak the fabric in water in which 2 aspirins have been dissolved.

RUST
Lemon juice and salt. Saturate with lemon juice and rub with salt. If possible dry in direct sunlight, and then wash as usual.
Cream of tarter. To remove rust from white washables, cover the stains with cream of tarter. Then gather the ends of the article to keep the powder on the spot and dip the entire spot in hot water for about 5 minutes. Wash as usual.

STARCH
Cornstarch. For homemade laundry starch, dissolve 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 1 pint cold water. Place in a spray bottle. Shake before using. Clearly label the contents of the spray bottle.

 

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