Got a stubborn stain that just won’t come out? DIY your own stain remover stick that’s supercharged with Thieves® Laundry Soap and Lemon essential oil and free from the harsh chemicals you don’t want around your family. You’ll love the citrus-spice smell as you gently remove stains.
Solid Castile Soap:
Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap made of natural ingredients you can actually pronounce. This soap is gentle on the skin and effective to fight against dirt, grease, and unwanted germs. Dr. Bronner’s is a the most popular brand of castile soap. You can buy it at your local stores (groceries, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond) or Amazon. It is not as cheap as vinegar but it a must have.
Washing soda, also known as soda ash, is a chemical compound that can be used to remove stubborn stains from laundry and is an essential component in most homemade laundry detergent for powder, liquid, or single pod formulas. It is often used in commercial detergent mixtures as well to treat hard water.
The washing soda binds to the minerals which make water hard and allows the detergent to be absorbed into fibers properly to clean clothes.
The sodium carbonate “softens” water helping other cleaning ingredients lift soil from the fabrics and suspend the soil in the wash water.
Washing soda should not be confused with baking soda, although the two compounds are closely related.
Distilled White Vinegar:
Vinegar is 5% acetic acid. It’s cheap, it’s natural, and it’s tough on bacteria, mildew, and dirt. You can buy it at your local stores and it is very inexpensive. Vinegar is a powerful cleaner HOWEVER you cannot use it on marble, granite or natural stone. I like to use my vinegar cleaning solution to wipe the faucets, clean the sink, clean the refrigerator (inside and out), toilets, or anything I want to remove odor.
Water is the base for our multi-purpose cleaner. You should used distilled water for making cleaning products. Distilled water will help to keep your cleaning solution longer without bacteria. You can buy it at your local stores or you can make your own distilled water by simply boiling water and let it cool.
Thieves® Laundry Soap:
With a plant-based formula, Thieves Laundry Soap gently and naturally washes your clothes, cleaning them without any chemical or synthetic residue. Natural enzymes and powerful essential oils add to the formula’s strength to leave your clothes fresh and clean with a light citrus scent. Thieves Laundry Soap can be used in all washers, including high-efficiency, and its highly concentrated formula (6X) will provide around 64 loads with just 32 fl. Oz (946 ml).
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Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons, giving its aroma all the brightness of the freshly picked fruit. Cheerful, sweet, and nostalgic, Lemon oil can eliminate odors and infuse your whole home with its clean, lemon-drop scent when diffused. This oil is a key ingredient in many Young Living hair and skin care products, Thieves® cleaning products, and essential oil blends such as Thieves®, Citrus Fresh™, Clarity™, Joy™ and Harmony™.
Thieves® and Lemon Stain Remover Recipe
- 1 bar solid castile soap, unscented, shaved into small pieces
- 1/3 cup washing soda
- 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
- ½ cup distilled water
- ½ cup Thieves® Laundry Soap
- 4 drops Lemon essential oil
- Empty deodorant container
- Empty lip balm container
- Add all ingredients except for the essential oil and laundry soap into a saucepan.
- Heat on low until the soap and all the particles are mostly melted.
- Remove from the heat.
- Add Thieves laundry soap and lemon essential oil and evenly mix.
- Let cool slightly and empty the mixture into a ziplock bag.
- Cut the corner off and squeeze the liquid into your containers.
- Put on the lids, let completely cool.
- Lightly dampen stick with a wet washcloth before use to adequately spread around the stained area.
- Wash as you normally would.
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