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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
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
Use spinach water for removing sweat stains and ring around the collar. Try blanching fresh spinach. Reserve the water for stain removal.
It doesn't matter if the water is hot or cool. The green water has some type of iron element in which works on the stains. I guess it is the same iron oxide used in antiperspirants.
Swab it on with a toothbrush. It sometimes take out the stains that nothing else would. It is safe for almost any kind of fabric.
By Tim from Science Hill, Ky
Make a spray for the stubborn stains that your kids or your better half like to leave on their clothes.
There are quite a few home remedies for some nasty stains we all seem to get on our clothing. For ketchup, use vinegar and scrub with a toothbrush.
Make a paste with water, white vinegar, and sugar to pre-treat spots on clothing before washing. Rub on stain leave alone for about 10-20 minutes, rinse, then wash in cold water. Do not put it in the dryer until you check and make sure the stain is gone! If it is still there repeat.
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.
Put these ingredients into a clean spray bottle and shake to mix. Be sure to clearly label the bottle, to use this pre-wash just spray on the stained area of clothing and wash immediately.
Mix well and pour in a spray bottle for all kinds of laundry stains.
Stains on baby clothing can be really hard to remove without special treatment. This is a guide about stain remover for tough baby stains.
These two ingredients combine to make a very effective stain remover. This is a guide about Dawn and peroxide homemade stain remover.
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.
Many homemade clothing stain removers contain one of these common cleaning ingredients: vinegar, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, or ammonia. Even tough stains can often be treated with homemade solutions.
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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
Some one on this site recommmended Dawn dishwashing liquid and I've been using it with great success.
But there are a lot of other remedies on this site too.
You cannot beat original Dawn dish detergent, better than any degreaser I've ever tried.
I am looking for a natural laundry stain remover, that I can made at home. I would like something that is chemical free.
How do I remove red color from another garment on my expensive white lingerie.
soak the lingerie in Rit Dye Remover.
What fabric is the lingerie? Would you be able to bleach it?
Often I have very good luck at removing transferred color stains just by rewashing the garment (in warm water?) with a liquid laundry detergent containing "bleaching action". (Ex: Detergent XYZ with BLEACH.) Not liquid bleach that you add separately. But, that would be my next try depending on the fabric.
I am doing research on stain removal and I found a website that suggests boiling water on the stove in a large pot, adding 3/4 - 1 cup of biz, and adding your stained clothes. Let simmer about 45 minutes. Apparently there are people writing and saying it has removed ink stains, and even nail polish. You could try it.
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?
Does anyone have a recipe for a laundry pretreatment that does not have ammonia in it?
By Deborah Mershimer from Midlothian, TX
Buy a bar of genuine soap, either Fels, Zote, or Octagon. Dampen the stain with water and rub the bar of soap on the stained area. Launder.
While you asked for recipe without ammonia.
Unless you are allergic to ammonia, you may want
to try the following recipe, it works quite well for me.
Ammonia cuts grease!
This was in "Cheaper & Better" by Nancy Birnes
1/2 cup ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons liquid soap or Soft Soap
2 quarts of water
Use in spray bottles.
Dawn dish detergent does wonders. I wet the stain then rub in a little dawn before I throw it in the washer. Also used it on ink mark on leather purse and it took it out. I never buy prewash products.
Does anyone know how to make Grandma's Secret Spot Remover?
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
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 need a homemade spot remover to get a red stain out of a white jacket.
How do I remove a red ink stain from a new cream 100% nylon waterproof jacket?
By helen from England
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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
My mom had a wonderful one: equal parts of Wisk, washing ammonia, and water. It brings tears to your eyes, but it really works well. (07/26/2010)
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
If you add some ammonia to that mix, it will work even better! I have been using this for years. I use 1/3 of each and a bit of Dawn. Also, if you really have lots of oily stains, use cheap shampoo in place of the laundry detergent. Works wonders. (05/15/2008)
Do you mean liquid Tide detergent, powder wouldn't make any sense? Thanks. My favorite stain remover and general house cleaner is 1/3 ammonia, 1/3 Pinesol, 1/3 water mixed in plastic bottle. It cleans everything for pennies, what a great combo. So much better than the commercial ones.
You can now buy Tide with Dawn added to it. I have bought it and it works great. (05/19/2008)
When desperate lighter fluid works, too. It's the same thing that dry cleaners use. (06/19/2009)