By Zach Painter (Guest Writer)
The average American household uses over 13,000 gallons of water a year washing clothes. That’s a lot of waste, not to mention the fact that it hurts the environment and racks up your utility bill. Since this is just an average, there’s no telling how many people go through a whole wash cycle just to remove one or two stains from an article of clothing.
If you find yourself washing a single shirt just to clean off a stain, then you need to learn about these eco-friendly stain removal hacks. There are tons of methods out there to removing stains without the help of a washing machine or detergent. Plus, you probably already have many of the products to remove these stains sitting in your pantry or kitchen cabinet.
For example, removing grease stains doesn’t require hot water — you can simply pepper baby powder over the affected area. Let it sit overnight and voila! The baby powder will actually extract the grease from the garment. From there, you just rinse with cold water to remove any residue.
Another common stain is yellowing stains from sweat. Light colored clothing is the most noticeable when it comes to these types of stains. Fortunately, there’s a simple hack: Apply lemon juice to the stain, and then sprinkle salt on it. This will act as a natural bleach and remove the sweat stain!
These are just a few of the hacks available to you. There are plenty more! To learn more about these clever, green alternatives to washing your clothes, check out the Tommy John infographic below.
Infographic by tommyjohn.com