Zero Waste Stain Removal Chart


I wasn't allowed in the kitchen until last year, and my command of French is middling at best, but a lifetime of thrift shopping and being clumsy turned me into a stain removal expert the likes of Heloise. All you need are a few natural ingredients you probably have on hand. Pretreat stains as directed above, then wash with savon de Marseille and cold water- olive oil-based soap is magic on delicate fabrics and greasy stains. Remember, use vinegar and baking soda one at a time, not in tandem!

Our clothes are made from natural fibers, so I don't know if these work on synthetics. If you're wearing synthetic clothing, though, you have bigger problems than stained laundry.  All items can be found in Paris in bulk (salt, cornstarch, soap, wine, carbonated water) or fully recyclable packaging (baking soda, vinegar).
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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for this hand tip list. I also find peroxide is great for blood removal and hairspray works for ink and some dyes.

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I never heard of the hairspray trick, interesting!

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  2. Hairspray also works on older grease stains. Then apply laundry soap, wash as usual.

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    1. Hi Joanna! Thanks for sharing, crazy that it removes all that stuff.

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  3. Hi Ariana I love reading your blog. You inspire me to become better at living zero waste. I tried this chart and couldn't believe my eyes! But what about dirt stains? Do you have a recommendation that works?

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    1. Hi Sade thank you so much! That is wonderful the tips worked for you! So I read in many places, both old fashioned and modern, that a paste of cornstarch and vinegar works on dirt stains. Myself, I just use baking soda to scrub at the dirt, and then rinse and then soak in vinegar, and then scrub with soap. Some household guides recommend using salt to scrub out dirt stains too. I also like using lemon on dirt stains on white items, just put the juice on the stain and leave it in the sun. This got out some mud stains that set on my white sheets, which had been washed at high heat and placed in the dryer while I was out of town. Don't ask how mud stains got all over the sheets, I know it was my cats' fault because they were in the shape of paws but I don't know where they found the mud in our 7th floor apartment.

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