Removing Stains in the Laundry
We all face stains on clothes. From grass to grease and the ocassional mishaps of blood stains. There are many products on the market for stain removal, though most conventional supermarket products contain a pile of hazardous chemicals which can be harmful to you and your family.
Here's some of the toxic ingredients found in most stain removers:
Stain Remover Hazard - Sodium hypochlorite: Commonly known as bleach or chlorine, this one is a respiratory irritant, a neurotoxin, and can cause liver damage.
Stain Remover Hazard - Benzene, toluene, xylene: These are neurotoxins and can damage the central nervous system.
Stain Remover Hazard - Methylene chloride: This chemical acts as a carcinogen, neurotoxin, and reproductive toxin, and can cause liver and brain damage, irregular heartbeat, and irritation of the skin and eyes.
Stain Remover Hazard - Monoethanolamine: Found in laundry pre-soaks, this one can cause liver, kidney, reproductive, and central nervous system damage.
Stain Remover Hazard - Parabens: Found in a wide range of cleaning products, these act as hormone disrupters.
So what can you use instead? Going green is the best way to go. Though the question that most people ask is, do the green cleaners work as well?
As they say, the proof is in the pudding. Here's the green cleaner that I use - Thieves Household Cleaner from Young Living.
What is Thieves Household Cleaner? It's an all-natural cleaner concentrate from Young Living. It's used in a diluted form with water to clean and sanitise. Based on the Young Living Thieves essential oil blend of clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon and rosemary essential oils, the Thieves cleaner features all-natural plant based ingredients without any harmful chemicals. Find out more about Thieves Cleaner and the Thieves Cleaner all-natural ingredients here.
Thieves Household Cleaner can be used in all rooms in the home to clean and sanitise, though let's explore how to use Thieves Cleaner for removing stains from clothing.
Yes, Thieves Household Cleaner can remove grease, grass and blood stains. It tackles all types of stains. It works with fresh stains and old stains. It's generally suggested to treat stains as soon as possible, though sometimes stains may have set for days or months - Thieves Cleaner still works on those old stains too!
Watch the video below to see a demonstration of removing grease from clothes using Thieves Cleaner.
Check out these before and after pictures of Thieves Household Cleaner for clothes stains, including blood stains.
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Here's how Joy used Thieves Cleaner to remove red raspberry stains
"I got raspberry juice on my off-white pants and tried a prewash spot cleaner on them with no results. I thought of the diluted Thieves cleaner and sprayed it directly on the raspberry spots, and right before my eyes saw them disappear. I ask my husband to come watch before it was all gone so he could be my witness. I just love this stuff." - Joy Blanchard, Jun 1, 2007 issue of Young Living e-News
Here's how Gloria used Thieves Cleaner to remove dark blue stains from a tablecloth
"After being gone all day, I came home to see that a bouquet of fresh flowers had dropped petals on my heirloom pink linen tablecloth, leaving dark blue stains. I soaked the cloth overnight in a solution of Thieves® Household Cleaner and water, about two gallons of water to 1/4 cup of cleaner. In the morning, there were no stains and the tablecloth was undamaged!" - Gloria Miller in Oct 26, 2007 issue of Young Living e-News
Here's how Thieves Cleaner works for Stains on White Clothing
"For Christmas my 5 year old got a set of pajamas made out of WHITE fleecy material. Of course the first day she wore them she also spilled chocolate milk down the front of them. I tried a few stain removers I had with no luck and set them to the side. A few days later I noticed the pajamas and then saw my thieves cleaner and thought, “why not?” I dabbed a bit on a cleaning rag (undiluted) wet the jammies and gently rubbed on the stain with the cloth. I was amazed that the stains came out perfectly! Beautiful white pajamas once again!" - from onebighappyhome.com
Here's how Dawn uses Thieves Cleaner works for Removing Gum from Clothing
"One of my clients got gum inside the pocket of a school uniform shirt. I used Thieves Household Cleaner undiluted right on the shirt, and the gum simply melted off!" - Dawn Cable in the Sep 2006 issue of Essential Lifestyle
Here's how Terry uses Thieves Cleaner works for to remove Grease
"I am a car enthusiast, and I get oil and grease all over my clothes all of the time. I spray Thieves Cleaner on my greasy clothes, and it cleans the stains better than anything on the market!" - Terry Hueffed, Jan 27, 2006 issue of Young Living e-News
Here's how Diana uses Thieves Cleaner works for removing oily stains
"I use the Thieves spray to get rid of any room odours and I just recently used the Thieves Household Cleaner to remove oily stains from a dress that had been washed several times and the stains were still there. I used the cleaner neat on a cloth and rubbed the stains with the cloth. I was amazed how clean the dress came out. Not a stain to be seen."
How to Use Thieves Cleaner for Stain Removal
Mix 1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner with water and spray on laundry stains including grease, grass and blood stains. If extra cleaning strength is needed, use a small amount of Thieves Cleaner undiluted on the stain.
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Also see the Top 5 Thieves Cleaner Uses in the Laundry here, the Top 5 Thieves Cleaner uses for the Bathroom here and the Top 5 Thieves Cleaner uses for the Kitchen here and 20 Uses for Thieves Cleaner uses in the Home here. See more ways to use Thieves Household Cleaner here.