Each time I grab clothes for our youngest from storage I am faced with stains. I put clothes away washed and clean, but they come out with these awful, yellowed stains. They are protein stains that develop from proteins left in the fibers from drool and other things. I use to think that there was no saving them. I tried washing every which way and nothing worked. So when our youngest was due and I was faced with a tub of stained newborn clothes, I put my cloth diaper knowledge to work. I used the sun!
It worked beautifully! All of our baby clothes were saved and it was easy. I have since used this on just about any, and all, natural stains with great success. Here’s what I do:
I have a wash tub in my laundry area, so I fill it about half full of hot water and added 2 or 3 massive scoops of Oxiclean. I mean the big green scoop that it comes with. I put on my rubber gloves and dissolve the Oxiclean in the water. I then add every piece of stained clothing, being sure to get each saturated. My objective is not to have it be a big pool of water, but just enough to get everything sopping and just a little left over (I want that Oxiclean super concentrated!).
You could do this in your tub or even in the washing machine – which would be ideal.
I let it all soak overnight. If I did this in the wash tub, I would transfer the laundry to the washing machine with the help of a bucket. I fill the machine as usual – using warm water and then add a normal amount of detergent. Do a normal wash cycle, but do not dry in the dryer!
Then, here comes the rest of the magic. I hung them all out to dry in the sunshine.
Voila! Every stain was gone. They all looked like new! I couldn’t believe it. Some of the stains were awful too. I had a couple of outfits that were headed for the trash, but I thought I’d toss them in and give them a chance. They look like new too. Wow, just wow.
Thank you oxygen action and sunshine, you have saved me, yet again
This is great for getting clothes ready for donating or yard sales, for salvaging stained family favorites and more.