I seriously LOVE Buncha Farmers Stain Remover. No one is paying me to say it. I didn’t receive any to review. I bought a whole big stack of Buncha Farmers all on my own. It’s amazing on stains…cloth diapers and otherwise. I use it on my regular laundry and even used it in my carpet cleaning machine! When I first wrote about Buncha Farmers Stain Remover I promised to post how to make a spray version soon. And without further ado…
What you will need:
- 1/4 of a Buncha Farmers Stain Remover Stick
- 12-16 oz Spray Bottle
- 12-16 oz of hot water
- Paper Plate (optional)
Behind the scenes tips:
You can use any spray bottle. I bought one at TJ Maxx on clearance. But you can find them at most dollar stores or your local hardware store. You can even recycle an old empty spray bottle that you have laying around the house. Just make sure you clean it thoroughly before reusing it.
I’ve read that you shouldn’t use the grater for food again after you’ve grated the stain stick. Weeelllll… I did. And no one has gotten sick yet, whew! I did run my grater through the dishwasher when I was done. If you are concerned, pick up a grater at the dollar store and designate it as your Buncha Farmers Spray Maker Grater.
I don’t keep paper plates in the house, so I used a coffee filter to collect the shavings. That did not work out so well. I’d go with a paper plate so you can just fold it into a funnel when you are ready to pour the shavings into the bottle. If you don’t have one, be prepared to pick up the shavings piece by piece off of whatever you grated the Buncha Farmers onto. That isn’t that hard anyway, but I just wanted to mention it.
If you have a Buncha Farmers Stain Stick wrapped in paper like mine, tear back enough of the wrapper to expose about a quarter of the stick. If your stick came in a box, open the box and push out a quarter of the stick and then hold it like you would a chapstick, putting pressure on the stick to keep it from going back into the box. (I don’t have any in a box or I would take a pic. I hope my explanation makes sense!)
Take your grater and grate about a quarter of the stick onto your paper plate (or whatever you are using). It will take a little work, but nothing crazy. Be sure to clean the back side of the grater as well because there will be shavings stuck behind it and you don’t want to waste any.
Get your hot water ready. You can either use HOT tap water or heat some water up a little in the microwave. Boiling water is too hot if you are using a plastic spray bottle (and not necessary anyway). I used my Pyrex measuring cup and heated water to steaming in my microwave. Mine took about 45 seconds to a minute, but the time will vary based on your microwave, so keep a close eye on it.
Take your shavings and get them into the spray bottle. If you used a paper plate, it is easy. Just bend the plate in half and form a funnel for the shavings to following into the spray bottle. My coffee filter idea didn’t work at all. I just used my fingers and picked up bunches of shavings and dropped them in the bottle. No big deal. My husband left so I don’t have a picture of the actual shavings into the bottle process, but you get the point ;)
After getting shavings into the spray bottle, pour your hot water in as well. Don’t fill it all the way to the top! Fill to the max capacity line if the bottle has one. If your container has no markings (like mine), fill the container with hot water until about 3/4’s full.
Replace the top on the spray bottle. Then…Shake. Shake. Shake. Done! I’ve used the same spray bottle mixture for a few months (until it ran out) with no issues. I’m not aware of an expiration time on the spray but you should be good for at least that long.
How to use as a stain pre-treater:
Give the bottle a good shake before each use. Spray any stains from poo on a cloth diaper to food stains on your kids shirt. You can let it sit and soak or rub in a bit and wash immediately. When I’m fighting a serious stain I scrub with an old tooth brush. (That can be done on a clean, but stained cloth diaper.) More details on how to use your Buncha Farmers Stain Spray and further uses can be found HERE! in my other Buncha Farmers Stain Remover post.
Pin or bookmark this for future reference. Trust me…you won’t regret getting some to try for yourself! You can find Buncha Farmers here.
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Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.