How to handle laundry stains

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- It’s summer and along with summer comes a nasty laundry stain -- underarm stains.

First, prevention. The first time you wash a T-shirt or other item that could have underarms stains, lather up and work in Fels Naptha Bar Soap. Do this before you wash and dry it and do it every time. The stains are not from your perspiration; they are from the deodorant and the heat of your body and the clothes dryer.

Now to the problem. You already have the stains. What do you do? Combine one part of Dawn Original or Dawn Ultra Dishwashing liquid with 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. Apply to the underarm area and work it in. Let it sit for an hour or so, then flush with cool water and launder as usual. Be sure the stains are gone before you put the garment in the clothes dryer.

Stain still there? Combine 1 part hot white vinegar and 1 part Dawn Original Dish Soap and apply to the underarms. Work it in and let it sit an hour and then launder. The vinegar will help with any odor, too.

Blood: If it is a small amount of your own blood, you can simply spit on it. Your own saliva will remove the blood. This will not work on anyone’s blood but your own, not even your kids.

For larger amounts of blood, pour on hydrogen peroxide and let it sit and bubble up to remove the blood.

Old, dried blood? Mix meat tenderizer with cold water and apply. Let sit about 15 minutes and then launder as usual.

Smelly laundry: Adding ¼ to ½ cup of  20 Mule Team Borax to each load of laundry is a great deodorizer.

A ½ cup of white vinegar will also help with odor.

ODORZOUT™ is an all-natural odor remover. Use 1 teaspoon in each load of laundry. It's safe enough for baby clothes. Read about it at queenofclean.com.

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