Can you think of anything worse than staining your favourite outfit almost as soon as you leave the house? You may not be able to put it in the wash straightaway, but it doesn’t have to be a total disaster.
With these homemade laundry detergent recipes, you can create a makeshift cleaner to get rid of the worst marks and make it easier to wash your clothes when you do get home.
What can you use for homemade laundry detergent?
While you’re unlikely to be able to match the quality of your regular washing powder or liquid with a homemade laundry detergent, that’s not to say you can’t make something that will get the job done in a squeeze. Simply replace your usual detergent with a household ingredient. Dishwashing liquid or shampoo can pass for homemade liquid laundry detergent in a tight spot.
How to make a homemade stain remover
To make a homemade stain remover that you can use on-the-go, follow these steps:
- As soon as you notice a stain, wet it with clean water. Some stains can be set with hot water so if in doubt always use cold.
- Apply a little of your chosen stain remover and rub in gently.
- Rub or dab the mixture into the fabric gently. Avoid being too harsh with the garment.
- Rinse the area again with water and dab dry with a cloth (or paper towel if you don’t have access to a cloth).
- Wash the item of clothing properly with your usual detergent as soon as you can afterwards.
If you stained your clothes at home, rather than on-the-go, but still don’t want to do a full wash then you can simply use your regular laundry detergent as a pre-treatment instead of the options above. Simple mix your regular laundry powder with water to form a paste and let it sit on stains for a few minutes before rinsing or apply a dab of liquid detergent to stains before rinsing clean.