|We all have hobbies, jobs or activities that make a mess of our clothes. Every soap, lip balm, lotion and scrub maker has spilled oils or other things. Unfortunately to get the stains out, we are spending a fortune in stain removers! Here is a wash you can put on your laundry to help oils come out of your clothes. Whew! It is nice to have something come to the rescue.
Here are the ingredients you will need.
Here is the recipe in percentages. This can allow you to adjust the batch to fit your needs.
Here is the recipe in grams. This recipe will make 100 grams of product.
Weigh the Polysorbate, Peppermint Essential Oil and water into a container. Use an immersion blender mix the solution well. You might get a thick clumpy texture, but don’t worry as the clumps will blend out. Once the solution is completely mixed, pour it into a container of your choosing and it is now ready to use!
If you want a scented wool wash but you do not wish to use Peppermint Essential Oil, I recommend you select an essential oil. The goal of the wool wash is to clean your laundry and lightly scent it. When selecting an essential oil I recommend you avoid those with low flash points. Your dryer gets warm enough that excessive use of a product with a low flash point could cause a problem. We want you to be safe.
Using the Wool Wash:
Spot treatments can be left for the next load of laundry. Most fabrics and colors are safe with this emulsifier. I use this on cottons, man-made fibers and on wool or silk. The polysorbate can easily remove the last traces of lanolin from wool fiber locks.
If a spot is particularly stubborn, you can dab the polysorbate on the spot in undiluted form. Make sure to allow good movement in the washer so the polysorbate can dissolve.
And now, a Brady Bunch inspired song. Here’s a story about a man named Dirk. He was a programmer in the MMS world. One day he helped the warehouse by moving an almost empty drum. The spill was almost like the ocean and splashed his brand new shirt. His brand new shirt! At home he placed the shirt upon the washer and he thought “I’ll get to that when I return” so he left for an important meeting and that’s the way the stain was set because his darling daughter came along to wash and dry. His brand new shirt! When Dirk got home to do his laundry it was more than just a hunch. The absence of his new shirt from the washer made him cry with anxiety. It was his shirt that somehow had been washed and dried that made him approach the empty garbage can. Now Dirk had a very smart wife who took that shirt and treated it with polysorbate (80 that is) and she rewashed the brand new shirt. The stain came out with no trace left behind, and that is how the shirt stayed with the family to make everyone happy. 😉
Note: It does not matter what type of polysorbate you use. They will both work. We just grab the one most available.