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Effective & Natural Stain Removers

I love testing out products and when I found out that the Make Nice Company solid dish soap bar and the No Tox Life dish washing block could be used to remove stains, I wanted to compare the results to the classic Buncha Farmers Stain Remover Bar that so many people love!

For this experiment, I used a 100% cotton tea towel:

clean , off white cotton tea towel

Insert red wine stains which I poured onto the fabric and then let sit for a few minutes until dry:

Cotton tea towel with three red wine stains

First up, I used the Stain Remover Bar from Buncha Farmers. This bar is a classic and SO many people rave about it. It's made in Ontario with all-natural coconut oil, vegetable soya oil, canola oil, litsea cubeba essential oil, lemon essential oil, lye, water and enhanced with borax to soften the water and aid the cleaning process. This bar is specific to laundry stains and is biodegradable.

Second, I used the Dish Block from No Tox Life. This is actually a solid dish soap bar that is made in California. It's one of the first solid dish soap bars we carried in the shop. It's made from Sodium Cocoate*, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate*, Decyl Glucoside*, Quillaja Saponaria Extract**, Glycerin*, Aloe Vera, Purified Water, Sodium Carbonate (*Cleansers From Coconut) **From The South American Soap Bark Tree). It's completely biodegradable.

And lastly, I used the Make Nice Company classic solid dish soap bar. This bar is made in Vancouver, BC from Cocos Nucifera (coconut) oil, Olea Europaea (olive) oil, aqua, Sodium Hydroxide and while its main use is also to wash dishes, it can also be used to spot clean around the house. It's also biodegradable.

A cotton towel that is stained in 3 areas with wine. Each wine stain has a different stain removing bar underneath it.

To use each of these bars, I made all the wine stains wet with water and then rubbed the bars directly onto the fabric. While I was conducting this experiment, I learned that red wine can turn a blue/green colour when you start cleaning it. This is because the anthocyanins in red wine change colour depending on the PH level of the cleaning product you are using. All of these bars are a bit more on the alkaline side so they make the wine look blue. If this happens to you, don't stress! Just keep repeating the stain removing process (wet the stain, rub the bar into the stain, rinse, repeat) and the wine comes out.

cotton tea towel with three partially removed wine stains. Underneath each stain is the corresponding stain remover that helped to remove the stain above it.

The Buncha Farmers bar worked the fastest, hands down and I only had to apply it twice to make the wine stain disappear completely.

The No Tox Life Dish Washing Block needed to be applied three times in total before the stain and blue tint disappeared. The same went for the Make Nice Company solid dish soap bar.

At the end of it all, I'd definitely recommend any of these bars for removing stains. If you're hoping for a multi purpose bar, pick up either of the dish washing bars from No Tox Life or Make Nice Company. Use them to wash your dishes, your hands, to remove stains, and spot clean around the house. Both are unscented and would be more suitable with those who have an aversion to essential oils/scented products.

clean cotton tea towel with removed wine stains

If you're on the hunt for a laundry specific bar, check out the Buncha Farmers Stain Removing Bar. It can be used to spot clean a lot of different fabrics very efficiently including clothing, upholstery, backpacks, purses, car seats, etc. You can even shave off small pieces of the bar directly into the washing machine with a load of laundry for an extra cleaning boost. It has a fresh, lemon scent.

I love that I get the opportunity to test these products out! If you ever want to see anything else, let me know!


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