I have to admit I am not the mom that spends hours trying to preserve her child's clothes at the end of the day by getting the grass stains out of the knees or the kool-aid stains out of his shirts. I know I'm a slacker. No stain remover has ever really worked well for me, there seems to always be a light stain still left after I spray, soak, rub in, spray, soak, wash, spray, soak, wash.
It's like a never ending battle. Me vs. The Stain.
Somehow no matter how hard I work, I always lose.
So I gave up on even trying for a while and just turned all the really badly stained shirts into sleep shirts. However the time finally came when he stained one of his good shirts that I really wanted to keep stain free. Instead of spending a bunch of money on Shout or Resolve or Tide stain remover I decided to give a homemade stain remover a shot. I've had really good luck with all my other homemade cleaners and detergents so I thought my chances might be good.
I found a recipe here and followed the directions. I took a white kool-aid stained shirt of Grant's and a white tank top of mine with a stain on it (who knows where that came from). I sprayed them and let them set for about an hour. Then I soaked them in cold water for an hour or so. When I took them out the stains were gone. I wish I had a before and after pic of the shirts but of course I forgot.
Due the ammonia make sure you do not use bleach and you are in a well ventilated area not breathing in the fumes, because this stuff can be strong if you have a large stained area to spray.