If you follow me on Pinterest (wait, you don’t? You should!) or have been a reader for a while you know I love a good homemade cleaner. There is a pin (well, actually there are many pins but this is the one I found and pinned to my board) floating around Pinterest that says something to the effect that this homemade laundry pretreater is the best. I had to investigate and try it out myself to see if that was true.
It works pretty well. I’d say it is a keeper.
I tried it on a few of the girls’ clothing and it removed the stains.
In the picture above you can see the berry stains from Pie’s afternoon snack.
In this picture above you can see how well the pre-treater worked even before washing.
And finally, in the above picture you can see that the stains were removed. I would like to note that I did not add anything extra to the wash just my normal homemade laundry detergent.
However, I did notice that if the stains were older it did not remove them as well. By older I mean sitting in the laundry a day or two before I treated them.
The only downfall to this cleaner is that you can not pre-make it. It does not keep well at all, which is why I waited until I had a few dirty clothes that need pre-treating before making it. You only want to make as much as you will use at that time.
I also found that for really tough-looking stains letting the pre-treater sit overnight or longer was very effective.
1 part dawn
3 part peroxide
Mix all ingredient in a cup or bottle.
Spray or pour pre-treater on to stained area.
Lightly scrub or rub in.
A lot of pinners say that this pre-treater can be used on other things that can not go in the wash, i.e. carpet, furniture, etc. I tried it out on the beige dining room chair after Cakey rubbed orange paint over it. It did remove the stain after I let the chair dry overnight. Now that section is much cleaner than the rest of the chair so it looks funny.
Have you tried peroxide and dawn as a pre-treater? What has your experience been like?
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