Remove ink and mildew stains from clothes with eucalyptus

It was lucky my daughter was not home when I found this ink stain on her school dress. Once again she had left a pen in her pocket which had snapped inside the washing machine.

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I’v thrown out clothes like this before but my new frugal self had me googling for ideas.


First I tried rubbing alcohol on the ink stain which basically just stained my white sink pink. The only rubbing alcohol that I had in the house was hand sanitiser…It doesn’t work.

Next I added a bit of water to some nappy san and applied a paste to the stain, I  soaked this in a bucket of water and nappy san. After a couple of hours I put the dress through a regular washing machine cycle and it didn’t look any different.

So I added some Bosisto’s Eucalyptus dust mite wash directly to the stain.  

I just poured it straight on. I already had high hopes of this working because I could see the stain had started to lighten and run around the edges.

I let it soak into the material for half an hour and then threw the dress back into the bucket of nappy san for another hour before putting the dress through a regular wash cycle.

And this is the result…

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I’v used this same method to get a large mildew stain off the underside of a high chair cover and it had the same great result.  And the eucalyptus smells delicious!




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