Pretreating Laundry Stains with Dr. Bronner’s (Video)

Mothering for me has been a crash course in stain management.

I definitely underappreciated the relative stainlessness of my earlier adulthood. I expected certain obvious stain culprits – ketchup, blueberries, bodily fluids. But others took be by surprise: bananas, watermelon, smashed peas. And then there was that time a green crayon found its way into the dryer…

All that to say, I’ve spent a lot of time on this. And the best way I’ve found to eliminate stains is with pure Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds directly on the stain.

The earlier you can get it on, and the longer you can let it sit, the better the results. But this has even worked on set-in stains that I’ve been slow to discover.

Check it out in this video.

To see how I do laundry, see my post, “Green Laundry Care with Dr. Bronner’s.”

19 thoughts on “Pretreating Laundry Stains with Dr. Bronner’s (Video)

  1. Sal Suds has saved many a garment! It gets out raspberries, grass stains, blueberries and similar stains that regular washing leaves behind. Essential with young children in the house!

  2. Hi, Lisa. I only do laundry once a week, but my husband’s work shirts get stained on a daily basis. Can I leave them to soak in the Sal Suds and water for a full week? Is there a point at which the Sal Suds break down and the dirt goes back into the shirt?

    • Hi Naomi- My greatest concern is not Sal Suds, but the water getting musty and creating mildew. Perhaps give stains and fabrics a spray of diluted Sal Suds or apply a small amount directly. Soak only for one day before washing, and add 1/2 cup baking soda (1/4 cup for an HE machine) for extra scrubbing power.

  3. Can I hand wash a silk blend top with your Castile liquid soap? How much should I use in a small basin?

    • Hi Julie- If the fabric can get wet and is colorfast, then yes. Use about a capful of Castile soap – I recommend the Unscented Castile – in a sink of water. Let the item soak for 10 minutes or so. Gently swish it around in the water and then rinse thoroughly in cool water.

  4. Sal Suds is amazing on stains. I spilled a sauce with both blueberry and cranberry ingredients on a towel. I thought I’d never get it out, but some straight Sal Suds and a wash….no more stains! Awesome!

  5. Just a comment regarding Bronner’s Eucalyptus Liquid: for years have been battling the smell of dish cloths getting the musty smell. Over the years have soaked them over night in distilled vinegar, not really effective. Other times soaked rags in ammonia, dawn liquid and hot water. Same thing using Clorox with dawn blue liquid and hot water. But only good for a couple of days. Recently tried Bronner’s liquid eucalyptus about An ounce to 3 quarts of hot water; amazing results. Rags smell so good. Maybe the Castile ingredients really purge all the bacteria. The clean smell remains for days.

  6. I have a question regarding sal suds coming in the mail.When I got it it was not liquid as I have gotten it before. It must be due to the cold?
    Would putting it in a hot water bath help?

    sal suds one smell is so good, any chance of that becoming a Castile soap?

    • Hi there – Yes, this time of year, the Sal Suds often turns white and solid in shipping due to the cold. Putting it in a sink full of hot water would clear it up. Even if the sal Suds is white, it will still work just the same. I’m glad you like the scent of the Suds! I’ll definitely share the idea for future development!

  7. Is the gallon sal suds available with a pump? If not, where would I find one like you are using in the video?

    • Hi Lesley – No, we don’t sell the pump, but I highly recommend it. I bought mine online for not very much.

  8. This post came at a perfect time for me because I have a lot of clothes to wash. Sals Suds and Castile soap really does work on stains! One day, my son’s favorite white sleeved jacket was covered in mud stains and pencil and pen marks and nothing helped. That was until I pulled out the Sals Suds and gave it a try. Sals Suds came to the rescue! I rinsed out the dirt in cold water and then I poured sals suds directly on the stains, just like Lisa did. I hang dry a lot of our clothes in the sunshine and I think it helps brighten and freshen them, and they last longer and look nicer. I’ve also been putting lemon peels in my vinegar bottle that I use in my rinse cycles. I like Lisa’s big bottle of Sals Suds with the pump so I’m going to order that, along with some lavender Castile soap. Thanks for the video!

    Have a nice Mothers Day and a happy Spring!

    ~Priscilla Cardillo

    • Fantastic, Priscilla! Sal Suds to the rescue once again!

  9. Love doing laundry w Sal’s suds. My husband treats his work & hunting stains w Sal’s suds and he was amazed how well it worked. I will remind him to pour it from the measured amount like u suggested.

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