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I titled this Bleach Alternative #1 because I am finding so many great variations~
This one was a great one posted by Frugally Sustainable http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ffrugallysustainable.com%2F2011%2F10%2Fhomemade-bleach-alternative%2F&h=aAQHaKyKPAQFwwje9iutbP6w8yQPGAfm4jGifpSQgoEgCHA
To save moldy fabrics mix 1/2 cup of borax with 2 cups of hot water and let the mixture soak into a sponge. Rub the sponge over the moldy stains and allow it to dry. If the stain remains, repeat the process until results are seen. You could also try soaking clothing in 2 cups of borax and 2 qt. of water to achieve the same results.
Although we can ensure safe laundry cleaning methods, professional extermination of surrounding areas is almost always necessary. THEY DO TRAVEL!!!
Rest assured that Dry Heat will ensure their demise on laundry items at least:
Placing clothing, footwear, rugs, toys, stuffed animals, backpacks and other non-launderable items in the dryer for a certain length of time can conveniently remove bed bugs. When an average clothes dryer is run for five minutes at low, medium or high heat, they generate temperatures of about 140, 150 and 180 degrees (respectively). It is believed that when drying a bundle of infected clothes, high temperatures are able to kill bed bugs. It is suggested to run the dryer for more than 20 minutes.
I know your probably a little skeptical, but spring is here…. I can’t wait for the sun to shine as I look at what a wet, muddy winter has done to my socks. Because I don’t see sun in my future anytime soon, I may have to brighten them indoors. (The sun can do amazing things to brighten your whites when they’re hung our on the line!)
Bring a cup of white vinegar to a boil in a large pot of boiling water. Put in your small whites- socks, t-shirts, etc. and let them sit overnight. Drain, and then wash as usual with your Diva Laundry Balls, or eco-friendly detergent. They may smell a slight vinegar smell, but I assure you that they won’t once they’re dry.
Use a piece of tissue to “dab” up the oil and colour of your mark. Never rub! Continue until you can’t lift up any more. Then apply several tablespoons of baking soda, taking a soft toothbrush and brushing with very small sweeping motions. You will be amazed at how much colour will transfer to your now-pink soda. Shake it off into compost. Now you may see the remainder of the stain, but pile up some more baking soda, and this time add an additional few droplets of white vinegar and wait for bubbling. Add a small squirt of clear, natural dishsoap. Give it a good scrub. Rinse with cold water and repeat if necessary. Wash as usual in cold water with your Diva Laundry Balls.
Red Jello stains….. Red Jello stains…….. heard of them? We went to birthday party on Saturday, and Red Jello stains were a sad highlight. Our hostess was beside herself with red jello on her off-white carpet. Now, I just happened to have our Diva Stain Stick in my purse and quickly went to work on it. First I blotted it with towel, and then worked in the Diva Stain Stick with my finger nails to get it right into the fibres. I left it to sit for 10 minutes before cleaning it up with a warm cloth. It picked up at least 90% of the stain, and I recommended she remove the remaining colour with following solution~
1 oz. of Stain Solver Oxygen Bleach dissolved into 1 Quart Warm Water
Saturate stained area of carpet with the solution. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, then dab the stain with towels. Repeat if necessary. Allow carpet to dry, and vacuum up any white powder that may remain as the solution dries.
This procedure will also work for Red Jello stains in clothing as well. After this process, wash in lukewarm water with your Diva Laundry Balls or Eco Laundry Detergent.