In the ongoing battle against oil, grease and other stubborn stains, these everyday household products are your first line of defense.
A nitrogen and hydrogen compound for acid-based stains such as dried blood, urine and perspiration.
How to use it: Soak clothing in a mixture of cold water and ammonia before applying a non-bleach dishwashing detergent and washing.
Many laundry detergents contain enzymes that break down the molecules in ketchup stains.
How to use it: Make a paste of powdered laundry detergent and water and rub into the stain before washing.
Chlorine and oxygen bleach cause chemical bonds to break which removes soiled linen stains.
How to use it: Wash white fabrics in the washing machine on the hottest setting with ¾ cup of chlorine bleach. Use oxygen bleach on colored clothing.
A mineral compound that converts some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide to break down grass stains.
How to use it: Soak clothing in one tablespoon of borax and one gallon of water for 30 minutes, then wash.
Detergents surround oil and grease molecules and lower the surface tension of water to remove stains.
How to use it: Pre-treat stained clothing with dishwashing detergent before putting in the washing machine.