Most of us have experienced some type of laundry dilemma during our lives. Maybe it's that piece of clothing that sits in the bottom of the laundry basket because we're sure it's ruined but don't want to throw it out. Maybe the kids' mud pie contest turned into a full-on mud fight. Maybe that finger paint didn't wash out with water like the bottle promised. Or maybe that cut you got on your finger didn't only hurt, but left a couple nice drops of blood right on the middle of your favorite blouse.
You know that Spray n' Wash isn't going to do it (trust us, we've tried), and goodness knows what will happen if you use bleach on those jeans.
"Goat milk soap is packed full of natural oils that gently separate the stain from the fabric."
Sometimes stains are just an unavoidable part of life. But instead of spending time and money researching products that take out nasty spots without ruining the fabric, reach for your bar of goat milk soap. This is our go-to tool for eliminating blood, paint, sap, mud, coffee and other tough stains without using harmful chemicals. Many of our customers rely on it when they are switching to natural deodorant since it keeps clothing stain-free.
The Science Behind the Soap
Goat milk soap is packed full of natural oils that gently separate the stain from the fabric. Coconut, olive and palm oils break down the tight bonds of toughies like paint and tree sap with a little bit of scrubbing and some sudsy water. It's a simple, natural, process that beats many complex formulas for stain removal.
What People Are Saying
"YOUR SOAP ROCKS! My hands/nails are [coffee] stain free already! I am floored! Before this I had tried literally every soap in our house and scrubbed each day." - Marcy R.
"I was thrilled to learn that Bends Soap Company could take off sap AND was gentle on my little baby." - Naomi C.
"With a lot of kids in our home, a lot of stained laundry comes through the laundry room. I tried everything for taking out bloody stains, but Oxi Clean didn't work well if the stain wasn't fresh, and peroxide bleached the clothes. I tried another special formula called "Grandma's" that took out most blood, but would still leave a light stain. Finally, after seeing Bend Soap take out a paint stain, I tried it on a T-shirt that had sat with a bloody nose stain for a couple days. With some dedicated scrubbing, the blood came 100% off! I was shocked! Since then, your soap has removed many other stains in our home. It works better when the stain is fresh, but I haven't had a blood stain that hasn't come out yet! This is a lifesaver!" - Jenise J.
"I am an artist that gets paint EVERYWHERE! It was exciting to find a soap that removes acrylic paint from my clothes and furniture easily! I haven't found something that takes paint out of fabric as well as your soap." - Julie B.
What About Oils Stains from Natural Deodorant?
These stains are likely a mix of the oils used in the deodorants (we use coconut and red palm oil) and sweat. Because it's an all-natural product, it contains these healthy oils which can leave a residue on clothing. We have found that starting with a simple stain remover before washing is often a great solution. But, if that doesn't work, our owner and co-founder, Marilee, has done some testing and found some great tricks for removing stains!
Below is information we provide to customers who have experienced stains from using natural deodorant. We recommend trying the tea tree soap solution first. It might require a bit more energy to remove the oil stains when doing laundry, but if keeping your body healthy and free from toxins and chemicals means a little extra cleaning every now and then, then it’s worth it! We LOVE knowing that we are not putting toxic chemicals on our body — especially in the sensitive area near our underarms.
Cleaning Tips for Oil:
Detergents are not all made equally. Marilee switched to NeoLife's Golden Laundry Compound and hardly ever pre-spots anything anymore. If you have sensitive skin, this is a good option. Or you can DIY with our goat milk soap (for full details, check out our popular "Mama Marilee's Goat Milk Laundry Detergent" blog post.)
- When needed, spray the armpit area before washing works great with a pre-spot. Marilee uses Super 10 from Golden.
- Marilee just uses a high-quality laundry soap and has hardly had any troubles. If interested, you can buy it here by joining the free club. It's spendy, but you don't use much and don't have to spot hardly at all.
Work on stains that are already set in (AKA after they've been through the dryer!) easily with our Tea Tree Goat Milk Soap or Milk Bath. To do this, simply take the item to the sink and wet the area with warm water. Add some milk bath shreds, or rub the bar soap on the area and gently rub together in your hands. Add some extra water to foam up and dissolve. Repeat if necessary. Rinse away and let air dry. Voila! Stains are gone fast. For more information about natural deodorant and additional cleaning tips from Marilee, refer to our Switching to Natural Deodorant page.
Back to You
Believe it's too good to be true? Try it out for yourself! Our bars of goat milk soap (grab yours here for only $4.95) are available in a variety of scents and are made using only four main all-natural ingredients. Have you used our soap as a stain remover yet? If so, join the conversation by leaving a comment below and sharing what stain your goat milk soap tackled.