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How To Remove Body Oil Stains From Laundry

Have you ever noticed that after a while, certain clothing items such as pajama shirts or undershirts take on a waxy texture and odor that no amount of washing can get rid of?

Maybe it's just because we have really hard water here that we have this problem, despite washing our clothes after each wearing. After a while, the inevitable greasy build up and funky smell occurs.

Your first thought might be to throw the soiled clothes, bed sheets/pillow cases, towels, etcetera away and buy new ones, but you most certainly do not have to do that.

I have discovered a tried and true way to bring your clothes back to their former glory and it's super frugal too. This method even works on set-in body oil that has been washed and then dried in the dryer. 

So, let's get started!

All you will need is:
- A large pail or bucket
- Hot water
- Rubber gloves
- Laundry detergent 
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda


Add hot water to your pail and then add 1/4 cup detergent and 1/2 cup Super Washing Soda. Gently mix with a gloved hand until everything is dissolved. Add your soiled clothing items and scrunch them around in the solution until it has penetrated all of the fibers well. Push the clothing items down so they are below the water level. 

Let the clothes soak in this solution for 4-8 hours (depending on how bad the soiling is), coming back every hour or so to give the clothing a good scrunch, paying attention to the most soiled areas such as the collars on shirts or the centers of pillow cases.

Once the appropriate amount of time has past, ring out the clothes and transfer them to your washing machine for rinsing or rinse them by hand very well in the sink.

You won't really be able to tell how well this method works until your clothes are dry, but once they are, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

How this method works: 

The star of this cleaning method is the Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, which is made of sodium carbonate. Now, don't get this mixed up with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as they are two different things. When you soak your greasy clothes in sodium carbonate, a chemical reaction happens where the grease or oil in your clothes reacts with the sodium carbonate to create soap! Which is then easily rinsed away. Isn't that cool?

Sodium carbonate + oil = soap

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*Just a word or caution. While this method works amazing for sturdy fabrics like cotton. I would not recommend using it on delicates or on fabrics with a heavily saturated color as this method may harm sensitive fabrics or cause the colors to fade. I mainly use it for pajama shirts, under shirts, towels, and white pillow cases.

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