I have to share with you a modern-day wonder. Truly, I think it’s a miracle product. It has saved soooooo many items of clothing from the trash bin.
The problem: clothes with grease/oil stains. Unfortunately, many times I didn’t notice the stain prior to washing and drying, so there was no pre-treatment. With a house full of boys, this happens frequently. In the old days, that meant the shirt had to be trashed or moved to the “don’t wear out of the house” category in the closet.
Enter miracle product: Lestoil. I buy mine at the local Ace Hardware store. I’ve also found it on Amazon. I learned about it on a blog a couple of years ago. (I can’t remember which blog…) It was written by a grandmother who was giving young mothers and wives advice on keeping house. She suggested using Lestoil on items with grease stains, and let me tell you, she changed my life.
The first challenge was a whole load of clothes that got washed with my son’s Chapstick. When I pulled the load out of the dryer and found grease stains all over the shirts I was near tears. Then I remembered the suggestion, went out and bought some, then returned to see if it worked. I treated each stain with an application of Lestoil, let it sit for a minute, and then tossed it in to the washing machine with my normal detergent. I was amazed when each shirt was pulled out of the dryer the second time – and not a grease stain to be found anywhere.
Since then I’ve used it to remove stains caused by bacon grease, olive oil, canola oil, gun grease, and plenty of stains of unknown origin. I will warn you that it stinks to high-heaven. But, I can deal with that as long as it removes the oil stain. Other than the smell, my only complaint is the packaging. I transfer it to a pump bottle because I think it’s easier to apply to stains than the pour-style bottle. Again, I am more than willing to deal with that because it gets the stains out!
These pictures were taken today. I pulled this shirt out of the dryer this morning and discovered the stains. I then took it to the laundry room, took a picture of it, treated it, washed it, dried it, took another picture, and voilà, the stains are gone!
This my friends, is why Lestoil is my favorite laundry product.*
*This is NOT a sponsored post. Lestoil and it’s parent company have no idea who I am. The only compensation I will receive from this post is the satisfaction of sharing something that works very well for me.
This post is included in today’s Works-for-Me Wednesday linkup at We Are THAT Family.