Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Remove yellow shirt stains + ring around the collar with hydrogren peroxide

natural bleach alternative get ride of yellow collar stains mens shirtsI often get obsessed with things, and then leave them in the dust for the next big thing. I'm fickle that way.

Not long ago it was all about inkblot design, then it was painting thrifted furnituredyeing clothes with commercial dye and then making natural dye from black beans.

Then it was stenciling, making DIY lavender water (although I'm still in that phase), home decor, and now I'm all about "DIY Green Cleaning" my house and laundry.

You should see my Practical/Useful Pinterest Board! It quickly turned into a mass of vinegar, baking soda, lemon, essential oils and hydrogen peroxide cleaning recipes. And it's official. The next obsession has begun.

Don't even get me started with DIY green house cleaning tips, or I'll have you here til midnight, so lets save that for another post. Today, I'll share a whitening non-bleach alternative laundry tip that saved us $200 in men's dress shirts! The miracle cure for removing yellow shirt stains and ring around the collar from my husband's dress shirts. They are like NEW!

Remove yellow stains + ring around the collar

Okay, lets give you the before and after again. Just for the shock effect.
using hydrogen peroxide in your laundry to whiten yellow shirts It's totally real. Not just photoshopped. It will change your life. It will save you money. Let me tell you how its done.

I stumbled upon this miracle cure for removing yellow shirt stains on One Good Thing, by Jillee. If I could hug her, I would. She has a great blog with lots of fantastic tips.

Non-Bleach Alternative for removing yellow shirt stains

What you'll need:
Small bowl to mix
Scrub brush (mild enough for clothing)
Surface to scrub (sink or tub)

1 part Dawn dish washing liquid (*I used 1 Tbsp)
2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide (*2 Tbsp)
1/2 part Baking Soda (*1/2 Tbsp)

Mix together Dawn, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Baking Soda
Gently spoon/pour mixture onto yellow areas
Scrub mixture into shirt with scrub brush
Leave untouched for about 2 hours (that worked for me)
Launder as usual

use hydrogen peroxide to remove yellow collar and mens shirt stains

My husband was shocked and amazed when he came home to see his "new" white dress shirts!
I didn't spare him any details on how I had miraculously saved the day. ha!

*Update: FOR COLORED SHIRTS: I tried it on my husband's light blue shirt and it worked about half as well as it did on white. However, it did remove enough of the stain to make the shirt wearable, so good enough for me! I'll post about it and will include a link when its up.

green laundry using hydrogen peroxide to whiten and remove yellow collar stains

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  1. What a great Stain Removal Recipe and Tip. I hate when I get a yellow stains on my clothes. I bleach it, I wash it like million times and nothing works. I can't wait to try this easy tip and household recipe. Thanks For sharing :)
    Blessings Shemi

    1. Thanks so much Shemi! Hope it works just as well for you! :)

  2. Wow!!! That is amazing. My husband has several shirts that I need to get to work on. Thanks for your tutorial and recipe. Would you be willing to share this at our Making Monday link party? We would love it and think our readers will, too. Thanks. Have a great day. Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/making-monday-22/

    1. Thanks for the invite Lori! I'll check out your party!

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    1. Thanks Joyce! I was pretty shocked myself at how well it worked! :)

    2. Thanks Joyce! I was pretty shocked myself at how well it worked! :)

  4. This combination is also great for whitening grout. I thought the grout in my kitchen was actually black when we bought our current home. Imagine my surprise when, after cleaning with the above ingredients, the grout is actually gleaming white!

    1. Sounds like the previous home owners thought it was black too! :) Thanks for the great tip!

  5. I can't wait to try this! I have a few of Dave's shirts that I thought were going in the give away bin. I'll give this a try. Thanks for the tips. Your blog is great!

    1. Have you tried it yet? You'll be amazed! It will make Dave's shirts like new! :)

  6. Seems great! However, I have to ask - what is Dawn? I live in Europe and I will have to find a replacement for it....

    1. Hi Mira! Thanks for your question! It seems you're not the only one wondering what blue Dawn is. Blue Dawn is a liquid dish detergent known for its "superior grease-fighting" abilities. A substitution might work - a quality dish soap that is known for fighting grease. I've only used blue Dawn so far. Good luck! I'd love to hear if another brand worked just as well!

  7. Hi, same question as Mira...Is this Dawn product just regular dish washing liquid? What can we use instead of it? Thanks a lot!

  8. Hi Dede! Blue Dawn is a dish washing liquid known for "superior grease-fighting". I'm not sure if another dish washing liquid would work as well, but it's worth a try. Just look for a great grease fighting brand that is higher quality, not the runny cheap stuff. Best of luck! I'd love to hear how it turns out for you!

  9. Fairy liquid is Grease cutter as I live in europe too. Will try it out with Fairy and leave you a posting . Thanks for sharing this . Warm wishes from Malta.

    1. Hopefully Fairy liquid will be as good at fighting ring around the collar as Dawn is! Fingers crossed! :)

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  11. i live in Pakistan, where dawn dish wash is unavailable in the market. so can i use any other one ?

    1. Hi - thanks for your question! My guess would be to look for a dishwashing liquid that is a strong "de-greaser". I believe that's one of the qualities that makes Dawn work so well on the shirts. I would stay away from cheap brands that are thin and runny. Dawn is quality, thick, great grease-fighting dishsoap. It's certainly worth a try. Let me know how it goes for you!

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  13. well, i think its a great and informative post, it help every body. my designer Cutnstitch was telling me about this and i am also using that.

  14. Thank you Shannon! I just tried this tip on a white shirt my 18-year-old son wore on the entire three days of a 3-day pioneer reenactment trek. It was pitted out beyond belief--and it was a loaner!! After washing and bleaching and despairing, I remembered this tip and it worked like a charm. It was miraculous! Thank you so much!!


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