It probably doesn’t surprise you that I never run out of laundry detergent. I like trying new brands and versions the way some of you probably like to try new lipsticks or restaurants. As a result, I’m always stocked with detergent. Other household supplies, not so much. In the midst of a recent cleaning frenzy, I discovered that I was out of my favorite floor cleaner. Since I didn’t feel like changing into decent clothes to go to the store, I had to be resourceful and find a different solution. I ended up using a mixture of laundry detergent and water; it worked like a charm on the tile floors and yes, inspired me to share with you alternative uses for your laundry detergent.
All-Purpose Cleaner – Mix 1/4 cup of your favorite laundry detergent (liquid or powder) with 5 gallons of warm water. It’s safe to use on sinks, counters, toilets, walls, fireplaces and tubs. This solution is especially good on greasy areas, such as kitchen floors and stove tops, since laundry detergent are made to dissolve oils.
Oil Spills – Use powered laundry detergent to make oil or grease spills on the garage floor and driveway disappear. Simply cover a fresh spill with powdered laundry detergent and allow it to soak up the stain. If the spill is old, dampen the area with water, apply the detergent and use a stiff-bristled brush to work the mixture into the affected area. Wait 24 hours before sweeping the residue away.
Hand Cleaner – Mix 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to remove pain and car grease from your hands. While the concentrated surfactants in detergent enable it to cut through stubborn grease, they can also cause skin irritation. Using the vegetable oil will reduce or eliminate the problem and while keeping your hands soft.
Stain Remover – I believe I may have covered this in a blog long ago, but it’s worth repeating. Remove spots from upholstery and carpet by applying powered detergent to the oiled area. Rub the area lightly to work the detergent into the stain. Wait 5 minutes, then brush away the excess and repeat until the stain is gone. For older stains, combine 1 teaspoon of detergent with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well to blend. Spray the solution on the stain and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Soak up the stain by blotting it with a soft white cloth.
So there you have it, some of the most popular alternative uses for laundry detergent. Think about saving whatever detergent you have in your laundry room for household chores. Let Laundry Care lighten your load by taking care of your clothing. We offer pick-up, delivery and affordable service. Call us today!