Making your own stain removers is easy to do at home. This page contains homemade laundry stain remover recipes.
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This works great! Make a paste of soda and a little water and apply to stains on clothing. Let sit for a while and launder as usual. Not good for all stains, but apply while the stain is fresh and it disappears like magic! Good for underarm stains, plus soda acts as a deodorizer.
One part in this case means one third of whatever measure you're using. For instance:
I recently had gotten cherry stains on a off-white cotton top. I tried many things and the stains did not come out. I finally found this recipe and soaked the shirt for 30 minutes and all the stains were removed. I would think this would work for all type of fruit and other natural stains.
Make this recipe as you need it. Do not save any for later use. Any leftover would lose its' potency over time.
Mix ingredients. Add clothes and soak for 20 minutes to overnight. Rinse; wash as usual. Makes 2 cups.
If possible, try to test an area of the clothing in case any discoloration occurs.
Source: A friend.
By mkymlp from NE PA
I found this a few years ago and have been using it ever since. It works great and is inexpensive: Fill a water bottle with warm water and add about a quarter cup of inexpensive shampoo. Mix and keep in laundry room to pretreat stains before washing.
By T-scriber from WA
To make a pre-wash stain remover, mix 1/3 part non-sudsing ammonia, 1/3 part dish soap and 1/3 part water. Pour into clearly labeled spray bottle. Apply to stains and allow to sit only 5 minutes, then wash ASAP.
By Monica from Cortez, CO
Make a spray for the stubborn stains that your kids or your better half like to leave on their clothes.
Shake well first and then spray on your stains.
My husband got grease all over his shirt and pants, so I sprayed his shirt and let it set about half a day or until the next load of laundry is done, and pop it right in the washer with everything else. When you spray it make sure you do it really good.
By Heather E from Brooker, FL
Instead of buying Spray and Wash or a similar item, I make my own.
Use 2/3 cups of dish soap, 2/3 cups of ammonia, 6 tablespoons of baking soda, and 2 cups of warm water. Mix everything into a spray bottle and shake well. It works really well, it even got a chocolate stain off my child's shirt. Spray the stain and let it sit awhile then launder as normal. Always shake well before using.
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
If you mix 1 part Dawn dish washing liquid with 2 parts hydrogen peroxide you have the best spot remover! This is probably the only cleaner you will ever need. Either spray or pour on the spot and watch it disappear. Some stains you will need to leave on for awhile. Rinse when it disappears. Love it, it really works.
By Dorothy W. from New Creek, WV
To remove a stain, mix 1 tsp. Dawn dish detergent, 3-4 Tbsp. hydrogen peroxide and a couple of Tbsp. baking soda. Scrub with a brush.
Mix above ingredients in a spray bottle and squirt on laundry stains before washing.
I bought a hand cleaner found at Walmart in the automotive section called Goop. I decided to try it on a stain one day, on my child's clothes, and it worked. Now I use it all the time. It even works on set in stains.
Just wash your item then apply Goop to the stain and work it in. Let it sit 2-3 hours, stubborn stains maybe 3-4 days. Wash again and stains are gone. It's non toxic, and safe for pets and children.
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Here are questions related to Homemade Stain Remover Recipes.
Does anyone have an inexpensive alternative to Spray 'n Wash? If so, please share with me.
Mary from San Diego, CA
By Debbie H.06/26/2012
I found something great for my husbands horrible ring around the collar. He has some nice shirts and those collars were horrible, so I have some Mean Green, for about 2.00 a bottle. I sprayed each and every collar, and used an old tooth brush to work in the mean green, soaked them in the washer with some powdered bleach over night, and OMG shirts look brand new.
Awhile ago I read a recipe that really worked great for set in stains. It had ammonia and other items. One thing I remember about this recipe is your clothes had to soak a few days. Thanks so much to anybody that has this recipe.
By LuAnn C from Grand Blanc, MI
By Mary Lou12/02/2009
I don't know what type of fabric you are working with, so proceed carefully with this. I have used a paste made from powdered Cascade, lemon scent (just a little water with the powder to make a paste). Apply to stain, and then wash in the hottest water allowable for fabric. This works great on removing "rust" stains from old dresser scarves/runners.
I am looking for a natural laundry stain remover, that I can made at home. I would like something that is chemical free.
By Tracy Lynn W.07/29/2013
Not sure if this works. I am trying it as I am typing it on my set-in laundry stains. Combine 2 parts hydrogen peroxide with 1 part DoTerra On Guard Foaming Hand Wash in a spray bottle. Shake to mix. This works wonders on laundry stains, rusty water, and mildew stains in bathtubs and showers, as well as bathroom counter tops,sinks, faucets. DoTerra essential oils is an all natural oil company. You can use a search engine to find out more.
I am looking for a recipe to spot-clean my cotton t-shirts, white blouses, cotton pants, as well as my school-teacher garments. I am spending too much money on spot-removal products at the supermarket. Does anyone have a cleaning solution for me? Thank you in advance!
By Sweet Pea from Nevada City, CA
My mother and grandmother have used this trick for many years. This is for fruit stains. Lay the stained garment over a colander in the sink. Pour boiling water over it until the stain is gone.
How do I remove red color from another garment on my expensive white lingerie.
By Tammy (Guest Post)03/12/2006
I have the same problem but it is with jeans. The red garment stained the jeans (they are light jeans)! How can I get this out?
How do I remove a red ink stain from a new cream 100% nylon waterproof jacket?
By Helen from England
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Seems like I remember someone submitting a stain remover that even works on old stains. I bought a new purple blouse. I got something on it and sprayed spay and wash on it and it didn't touch it.
Please help me.
Linda from Mount Morris, PA
1 cup each powdered Clorox II and powdered Cascade in five gallons of the hottest water from faucet. Soak overnight, then launder as usual. The article warns not to use on delicate or non-colorfast items.
I usually soak several items of the same color group (darks, lights, or whites) at one time to get the most economical use of the ingredients. Hope this helps.
I have soaked several like-colored items at a time, but noticed that it cuts the effectiveness and it takes longer to get the stain out. I hope this can help someone. It has saved many a garment for me. (12/29/2005)
By Carla G
Make your own stain-fighting spray for the laundry! I put 1/2 a spray bottle full of Tide laundry detergent (Tide is awesome at fighting stains). Then, I put a little bit of Dawn dishwashing liquid and fill the rest with water. Shake it up, and there you have it, your very own stain-fighting spray. I think that this fights stains much better than the stain-fighters that I buy in the stores.
By Tammy from Fort McCoy, FL
I would like a recipe for a liquid stain remover made with Fels Naptha soap, that can be put into a spray bottle.
By Patricia from Mountain Grove, MO