Occasionally I find myself trying to remember where I've seen some particularly useful information on the Internet and find myself wishing I were a believer in Pinterest. For the rare soul who isn't familiar with Pinterest, think of it as a cyber-bulletin board where you "pin" sites you'd like to find your way back to. Mostly, I think of it as another black hole in www-land and I get lost in enough of those as it is without adding another one.
But just because I don't have a Pinterest account doesn't mean I don't see other people's pins. They show up in the oddest places and while they're easy to ignore, sometimes they spark my curiosity. Like the homemade stain remover made from Dawn dishwashing soap and hydrogen peroxide. Would it really be the cure for ugly armpit stains? I was on a mission to find out.
That's because my favorite work-out shirt was involved. It isn't some fancy micro-fiber athletic wear; on the contrary, it's just an inexpensive cotton T-shirt...sweatshirt gray in color, appropriately. But it was just right. You know, not to tight but not too loose, long enough without getting in the way and not too heavy but not too light. Yep, just right. I wore it a lot, especially on the days with the strength class. Now we may or may not sweat in yoga but we always sweat in the strength class. Before long my just-right shirt was just ugly. The pits were, to put it bluntly, the pits.
Enter the make-your-own stain remover from the Internet: 1 part Dawn dishwashing liquid, 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and a dash of baking soda for scrubbing power. Pour it on, rub it in good and let it set. I even gave those pits a shot or two of Oxiclean, just for good measure. The shirt soaked for an hour or so, although some sources say you should leave it for only five minutes or so. In truth, I kinda forgot it but the shirt was destined for a yard shirt if the stains didn't come out so it wouldn't have mattered. I'd probably be more careful if it were a nicer shirt, maybe even pretesting in some inconspicuous spot to be sure it wasn't going to change the color.
After a rinse and a cycle through the washer and dryer, my workout shirt is good as new. You'd never know those ugly stains in the armpits ever existed. I'll be doing this again with a couple of other shirts in my closet. And I love how easy I can mix this up with things I have on hand. The info I read did say you need to mix it up right before using it as it doesn't "hold" well. It's also supposed to work on grease and oil but I've had good luck with just plain old Dawn for that.
Maybe that girl in the insurance commercial on television is right and what you read on the Internet really is true. Well, at least some of it anyway. Time to cue the French boyfriend. Can I get a bonjour?