It’s funny what comes of having a sister who’s a history buff. When Brigid came down to visit one weekend, she told us about how in the 18th century, launderers used “fullers earth” or bentonite clay as a stain remover. The nature of the clay is to draw out unwanted substances (blackheads from pores, stains from shirts, etc.). I was blown away by this ingenious rediscovery, and you’d better believe I tried it out the next time I got a stain on my clothes. And would you believe it? IT WORKED!
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty paranoid about ruining my clothes through staining… especially oil stains. I remember all too clearly the day that I almost ruined my favorite dress by spilling salad dressing all down the front.*shudders* Conventional stain stick just never seems to cut it 100% of the time, which is frustrating for this salad-dressing-loving/cooking/baking gal, where stains are an ever-present concern. But, I am excited to report that I no longer have this fear, as long as there’s bentonite clay in the house! Want to find out how to make your own bentonite clay stain remover? Well, keep on reading, ’cause that’s what I’m here to share! 😉
It’s quite simple really. No exact measurements, just a whole lot of “eyeballing-it”, as I like to say. 😉
What you will need
- Small glass bowl
- Small plastic spatula
- Bentonite clay (any type will do. This is handy stuff, with about a million different uses, so I would definitely consider purchasing some!)
NOTE: Don’t use metal when working with bentonite clay, as that will have a negative effect on the clay’s ability t0 “draw out”.
In your glass bowl using your plastic spatula, mix together equal parts bentonite clay and water until you form a thick paste.
NOTE: I had to underexpose the above stain because I decided to pour canola oil all over my shirt, and that just didn’t seem to please the camera 😉
Spread a medium/thick layer of the paste over the desired area, and let sit for a few hours to dry (I let mine sit for about 12 hours). Once the clay is dry, wash off under cold water. In the case of the shirt that I used as my test garment, I had to use a bit of detergent to get all the clay out of the white fabric. To be honest, I was a little scared that all the clay color wouldn’t come out; but it did, so I’m pretty happy!
Ready for the result?
BOOM! Stain = gone! And I pinky-swear that this is a photo of the exact same spot on the shirt, with no photoshopping whatsoever (why would I ever do a thing like that, anyways?). I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty in love with this method. I’ve used it for sweat stains, buttery popcorn oil stains, and now canola oil stains; so I think it’s safe to say that this stuff is pure gold (erm..clay) when it comes to stain removal! 😀
Would you try this DIY Stain Removal?