Our Frugalista Amrita Singh shares some of her favourite DIY spot removers.
This is a great homemade solution to keep on hand for anytime you accidentally spill something on your favourite shirt or on your furnishings. The properties of ammonia break down dirt and grease, which makes it a powerful cleaning agent.
Adapted from One Good Thing.
1/3 cup dish soap
1/3 cup ammonia
3 tbsp baking soda
1 cup warm water
Mix all the ingredients and then funnel into a squeeze bottle, or into a spray bottle. Apply the solution onto a stain, rub fabric lightly (or brush with a clean brush) and then wash as per care instructions. Give mixture a good shake before each use to re-incorporate the baking soda.
Sometimes you need the effect of bleach as a spot remover or cleaner. This is a frugal option that works really well. It's also a fun way to create graphic designs on t-shirts! The properties of bleach are known to break down the molecules that make up colour dye, which make it a powerful stain remover.
Adapted from Me and My DIY.
3/4 cup water
3 Tbsp corn starch
6 Tbsp bleach
Whisk water and corn starch in a saucepan until smooth. Add the corn starch to warm water to make a roux before you add all of the corn starch. Put saucepan onto medium heat and continue to whisk as it comes to a gentle boil. Remove from heat once the mixture is the consistency of a thick pudding. Wet a paper towel and place on top of mixture to avoid "skin" from forming as it cools. Whisk in bleach once cooled. Funnel the bleach gel into a squeeze bottle. Or, put gel into a freezer bag and snip on corner to make your own funnel.
Use the gel immediately to decorate t-shirts and make graphic designs. The thicker the gel the better! This also works well to remove stains from tile grout in showers or on floors. The mixture will thin-out the longer it sits. Bleach loses its effectiveness when exposed to daylight so it's a good idea to store this mixture in a solid plastic bottle. Just make sure to label it well!