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Battling the Grease Stain Monster

March 16th, 2012 · 10 Comments · Cleaning, Green Living

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You know those sneaky, underhanded little grease stains that almost always get through the dryer before you even know they’re there? The ones that just discolor the brightly colored shirt that you love so much and make it look terrible? We’re tackling How to Naturally Get Grease Stains out of Laundry at Simple Organic today:

Ranch dressing. Straining greasy homemade chicken stock. Frying asparagus in bacon grease. Random unknown alien lifeforms.

All culprits in the “Where did that grease stain on my shirt come from?” game in my real food kitchen.

As I mentioned last month in 15 Natural Solutions to Kid Messes, I can handle getting blood, strawberries, and most poop out of my kids’ clothing.

But grease stains? My nemesis.

They show up unannounced, usually only noticed after they’ve been through the dryer, making them 5,729 times harder to get out.

I had some bad ones this month, which is good for you, because I got to test lots of ideas.

Click HERE for my results of what works and doesn’t work to get grease stains out of clothing…

Coming Up…

Next week I’m teaming up with Trilight Health to offer a cool giveaway and review opportunity for 10 readers. Our family has been lucky this winter and  haven’t needed the Lympha Rub that we call “magic drops” for coughing very often, but I was wishing I had it in my purse when a pregnant friend was saying how she had to go home to “the coughing symphony” of her three children the other night. (Maybe our “luck” is due more to taking Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil and the Trilight immunity boosting herbs regularly?)

Then yesterday at John’s well-child appointment, I saw another friend whose kids weren’t able to shake their sickness and she wondered if it was strep, with some obvious trepidation. I knew she was a naturally minded momma and for the second time in a week, wished I could thrust the little bottle into her hands. (Seriously, maybe I should start carrying one around…)

We’ll talk more about Trilight next week, but for now, you can check them out on Facebook to keep up on deals and discounts.

Oh, and John is 20 lbs. 14 oz., a milestone the other two Kimball kids did not reach until 15 and 18 months. I am doing some serious Mommy body-building! Winking smile

Another fun project I have in the wind is testing my own water before and after using my Berkey filter. It won’t be in the next few weeks or anything, but be watching for an update from me on how we’re enjoying it and my independent testing results. (Here’s how the Berkey filters food coloring, in case you’d like to be amazed today.)

Have a great weekend!

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10 Comments so far ↓

  • Wendy

    I’ve read all the comments so far on the link for grease stains, and nobody’s mentioned shampoo! I know it’s not chemical free, but, like Dawn, is made to take oil out (of hair anyway). I’ve used it with great success…even the ones that went through the dryer! I keep a bottle in my laundry room now. You should put it on your list of solutions to try.

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Wendy,
    That’s easy enough!
    :) Katie

  • Kathleen K

    Katie, this is totally off topic–congrats on John reaching the 20lb mark! Our first two boys reached the milestone at 4 months which resulted in some back problems for mama! –I always carried them in my stronger left arm, leaving my right hand free for everything else. For our 3rd son, my chiropractor recommended I carry him on my RIGHT side. By the time he reached the 20 lb mark (about 5 months, thank goodness!), the muscles on that side had strengthened and the back problems went away. Moral of the story: balance the weight of your precious one until he can carry his weight himself!

  • Christie via Facebook

    I have fought the battle, too! What almost always works is Ecover Stain Remover and lots of rubbing with its bristle tip. We use this with our normal Soap Nuts and Washing Soda (we have very hard water) routine.

  • Cori via Facebook

    i put some dr.bronners full strength covering the stain and throw it in the laundry hamper. usually after the next wash it is gone.

  • Laurel

    I LOVE that you did this experiment for me! I thought about this, but my lazy meter went off the charts. Thank you!!!

  • Lindsey

    I read your post on flame resistant pajamas and found this link on carters (since pretty much all the fuzzy pajamas my kids have are made by carters). It was reassuring (and the part with “natural” and “polyester” in the same sentence made me laugh: http://www.carters.com/FAQs/cs-faqs,default,pg.html?id=carters#faq18

  • SEJAL

    Hi I just ordered the COUGH AWAY from trilight health after reading about them from your website. I hope it works on my son.

    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Hope so, too – let us know! :) Katie

  • Cheryl

    Hi! I posted this under comments over on Simply Organics, but try Ecover’s Stain Remover. Works every time, especially well on set-in grease stains!

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I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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