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Green Tip Tuesday – Homemade Stain Spray

September 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Green Cleaning, Green Tip Tuesday

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We ran out of stain spray!

Yes, sound the alarm…this is serious.

Do you have one of these?

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Or two of these?

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I know, innocent enough looking, right?

Don’t be fooled though…trouble and stains always follow them around.

So, when Pops sounded the alarm that We ran out of stain spray!, I had to remain calm…..keep my composure and remember to practice what I preach.

In running out of something, I have a choice, run to the store like a banshee to replace it (preferably with a green, eco-friendly option) or look around at what I already have in the house and try to make a homemade version. This time, homemade won out.

Pre-Wash Stain Spray

Ingredients:

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  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/8 cup baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Empty spray bottle

Of course, you put all the items into a spray bottle (I happened to have an empty one around) It helps to have a funnel too.

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First, add the baking soda:

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Then, the vinegar….let me make a note here: ADD THE VINEGAR VERY SLOWLY!! As in, as slow as humanly possible because it will foam up quickly – as I learned – and could spill all over your counter – as I also learned. You may even want to add it to the bottle over the sink.

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Then, finally, add the water. (Oh and make a label for it too if you’re a kook like me).

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Spray this concoction on soiled spots just before washing. You may always want to test a hidden spot first – unless you’re daring like me.

Feelin’ groovy and green,
~Lita

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Comments

4 Responses to “Green Tip Tuesday – Homemade Stain Spray”
  1. 1

    oh! i’m going to use some of this to clean our couch. david has a lovely little sofa in his studio, that is perfectly chow chow sized. she’s gotten paw prints all over it! i’ll attack them with a spray bottle and blot– hopefully they’ll come out!
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    Miri says:

    This is so great! I was just looking at some gray stains on my hallway carpet this morning, wondering what to do about them. I will break out the vinegar and baking soda and get right on it!
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    Erin Love says:

    Awesome, Lita!! Thanks for the recipe! I’m trying to convert over to all homemade cleaning supplies so I’ll definitely be adding this to my list!

  4. 4

    Yay, woman! Great recipe. I almost want to get a stain now, so I can try it.

    Woohoo!
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