Homemade Stain Remover Recipes

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

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October 24, 2011

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.

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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.

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Use spinach water for removing sweat stains and ring around the collar. Try blanching fresh spinach. Reserve the water for stain removal.

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Make a spray for the stubborn stains that your kids or your better half like to leave on their clothes.

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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. Add some dish soap and scrub some more, then wash as usual. For a grease stain use salt.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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April 21, 2005

Mix well and pour in a spray bottle for all kinds of laundry stains.

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January 31, 2000

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!

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June 15, 2010

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


June 15, 20100 found this helpful

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.

Good luck!

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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

You cannot beat original Dawn dish detergent, better than any degreaser I've ever tried.

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December 27, 2011

I am looking for a natural laundry stain remover, that I can made at home. I would like something that is chemical free.

By Allie

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February 23, 2005

How do I remove red color from another garment on my expensive white lingerie.



By shirley (Guest Post)
February 23, 20050 found this helpful

soak the lingerie in Rit Dye Remover.

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February 23, 20050 found this helpful

What fabric is the lingerie? Would you be able to bleach it? Or use a bleach dillusion? Have you tried the usual suspects? Oxiclean, Borax, etc?

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February 24, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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By Shannon (Guest Post)
March 8, 20050 found this helpful

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.

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By Tammy (Guest Post)
March 12, 20060 found this helpful

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?

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Does anyone have a recipe for a laundry pretreatment that does not have ammonia in it?

By Deborah Mershimer from Midlothian, TX


December 3, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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July 20, 2011

Does anyone know how to make Grandma's Secret Spot Remover?

By Carrie

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November 1, 2009

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


December 2, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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September 28, 2014

I need a homemade spot remover to get a red stain out of a white jacket.

By Donella

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October 1, 2010

How do I remove a red ink stain from a new cream 100% nylon waterproof jacket?

By helen from England

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