I don’t like commercial cleaners or non-natural cleaners. Years ago, I discovered the cleaning power of water softeners, white vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda (not necessarily in combination!) and I haven’t turned back since.
I never had to deal with stains until I started drinking tea. I learned that tea stains could not be cleaned using my natural tried and true methods. I almost ruined one of my table toppers because I couldn’t get the tea stains out, even after meticulously scrubbing with a toothbrush!
I had almost given up on natural cleaners when I found this natural stain remover online and decided it was worth a try. I had all the ingredients on hand so it was a no-brainer. I tried it out on my table topper and lace tablecloth and it worked wonders on the food and tea stains! I could hardly believe my eyes (and my luck!). I love this stain remover and have also used it on cloth napkins and curtains.
Natural stain remover
[adapted from My Merry Messy Life (thank you, thank you, thank you!)]
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s castile liquid soap
1/4 cup liquid vegetable glycerine
2 tablespoons baking soda
10-15 drops essential oil (such as lemon, lavender, eucalyptus, or tea tree for fragrance and anti-bacterial properties)
Put all ingredients in an empty spray bottle. Shake to mix. If you don’t have a spray bottle, you can put everything in a jar and spoon out solution as needed.
To use, saturate stain with the stain remover. Rub affected area with your fingers or a soft toothbrush until stain is gone. If the stain is stubborn, let the stain remover sit for 10-30 mins. Rinse, and hand wash or put through the washing machine.
“Stains are even worse when you’re the only one who can see them.”
― Gayle Forman, Just One Day