Homemade Stain Remover {Picture Tutorial}

April 14, 2014 48 Comments | Disclosure

The Only Spot Remover You Will Ever Need

A lot of you probably already know that you can use a grease-fighting dish soap to help with grease stains, but this easy concoction takes it up a notch…

DIY stain remover

Stains that would not come out with other methods and cleaners came out completely with this spot remover. Try this spot remover on: underarm & collar stains, blood stains, grease stains, poop stains, baby food stains, cutting board stains, and much more!

Plus, it is cheap! You probably already have everything you need to make it right now. (Find coupons!)

Do you keep baking soda in your fridge for odors? After your baking soda has soaked up all the odors that it can, give it a second life and put it to work in this cleaning mixture.

homemade stain remover

Mix the 3 ingredients together in a small bowl. I just mix up a small amount each time I have a few stains to treat because the hydrogen peroxide may become less effective when exposed to light.

Anchor Hocking Set of 4 6 Ounce Glass Custard Cups With Snap On Lids

Little bowls like these custard cups would work great and come in handy for all sorts of other things in the kitchen!

Use a small brush to scrub the mixture into the stained area. I use an old toothbrush. Then rinse, if desired. Launder as usual.

For tough stains, you can let the mixture sit on the garment for an hour or so, then launder as usual. Or treat the area a few times before laundering. This often even works on old stains that have even already been set!

For this lovely stain, we let it sit for a few minutes after the first treatment, rinsed, then we treated it again and let it sit for another little while. After laundering as normal, the stain is completely gone!

Homemade Stain Remover

Rating: 51

Homemade Stain Remover

Ingredients

  • one part Dawn dishwashing liquid soap
  • two parts hydrogen peroxide
  • 1-2 tablespoons baking soda

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the ingredients together.
  2. Use a small brush to scrub the mixture into the stained area. Rinse, then launder as usual.
  3. For tougher stains, let the mixture sit on the stained garment for an hour or so, then launder. Or treat the area a few times before laundering.

Notes

I recommend doing a test on an inconspicuous part of the garment first to make sure that the spot remover will not harm the fabric. Hydrogen peroxide can be tough on fabric. Peroxide is sensitive to light, hence the dark bottles, so it is best to mix this up in small amounts as needed for each time.

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A special thanks to my fab friend, Sarah, for sharing this stain remover with me! Recipe adapted by OneGoodThingbyJillee from Glamour.com

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Comments

  1. Sounds great!!!

  2. Regina Fordyce says:

    I am so proud of all you girls sharing what works. It is so helpful. And I mean it. I have been waiting for things like this my whole life and now I can find those friends right here one the farm. My Mom taught me so much. I took care of her five years before she died. I miss her wisdom and of course forget some of the good things she tried to tell me. So thank you again for getting back to the basics and spreading it.

  3. Thanks for the great tip I was wondering if anyone out there had some idea of how to get rid of puke smell. I know gross bot my beautiful Newfie threw up on my ottoman, I tried cleaning and it LOOKS better but the smell is soooooo gross we had to put it in the garage. So any ideas would be great! Thanks!!!

    • I don’t know if it will work on puke smell, but I know it works on the smell of kitten and puppy
      “do” in carpets. Mix 1 Tablespoon white vinegar and 1 Tablespoon Dawn or similar liquid dish soap (NOT dishWASHER detergent) in 1 pint (2 cups) of water. You can put it in a spray bottle or just dip it with a cloth; scrub well into the spot(s) and rinse out with a cloth dipped in clear cold water. May have to apply 2 or 3 times.

    • Natures miracle is your answer! Put it into a syringe and inject into your ottoman…it WILL work!

    • Helen in Meridian says:

      I would call, or go into the Don Aslett Cleaning Center (corner of Overland and Maple Grove in Boise). They are experts and sell the supplies and teach you how. He is an Idaho man who has the largest cleaning service in the world, but at the store he just sells supplies and free advice. I wonder if one of those ultraviolet wands that kill germs on things (I have seen them in Costco in the past) would kill the smell?

    • mama2eight says:

      Sunshine! Baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice are all good choices to try, maybe not all together though. I know sunshine works!

    • Siridatar Khalsa says:

      Hi Linda,
      A friend of mine had cats and dogs and she used a product called Odormute. It is an enzyme that really does eliminate any odors, even skunk. I’ve used it for urine smell on a mattress. The directions are given for different uses. For urine I just soaked the area and then blotted up the solution with old cloths and then let the area air dry.

  4. Can this be used on carpets?
    I have a orange gatorade-type drink stain on my off-white carpet (in a rental). It’s been there for a long time. I cleaned it a few times with carpet cleaner right away after the spill and have tried Windex as well. But there is still a grey stain on my carpet. It’s not horribly noticeable, but you can see a color difference.

  5. I would be very careful using this on any kind of colored clothing the peroxide may bleach out the colors.

    • Margit Monk says:

      I have ruined a great t-shirt that was not so cheap as this mixture bleached out the spot I was trying to get rid of. Unfortunately, I replaced the stain with an even bigger splotch that is now bleached and all the way to the backside.

      • Sorry to hear that. I haven’t had any bleaching problems with my clothing yet, but it certainly is possible on some fabrics. I definitely recommend testing it on an inconspicuous part first.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Just wanted to thank you for this DIY recipe! I have used this a dozen times, and so far everything I’ve used it on has come out. I’ve used it on blood, baby poop, armpit stains (on a shirt that has already been washed/dried 100 times), bell pepper juices on a shirt, and grease splatters from cooking.

    Awesome all-purpose stain remover!

  7. sounds interesting i am going to have to try this, i also found out that the home made laundry detergent works great for stains too, i soak up the stain with the detergent and scrub it with my hands and i can actually see the stain diminishin as i scrub, but i use 2 cups each of borax and washing instead of the one cup and 1/2 cup that is shown i dont know if that makes a difference but it works which that is what matters

  8. Kathleen says:

    Hi, I saw someone ask about a cleaner for carpet and I found one on an organic website and it worked great! One part vinegar and one part water-that’s it! They said to try it in an inconspicuous area as well to make sure it didin’t bleach it, but I just went for it on my tan carpet (one is a light tan and one is a dark) and it worked great and did not bleach it out!

  9. Hi, I thought I’d saw a thrifty diy for drycleaning before, any idea’s?
    Thanks, Sandy

    • Melanie says:

      I’m sorry. I haven’t come across anything for DIY dry cleaning before. Sounds interesting though! You’ll have to let me know if you try something out. :)

  10. Do you have any thing on home made carpet cleaner?

    • Melanie says:

      I personally haven’t tried a carpet cleaning solution yet, but some people have commented saying that 1 part vinegar and 1 part water works pretty well. Let me know if you find something that you love! :)

  11. Cheap shampoo works wonders on ring around the collar (put some on the ring/rub in and wash). Won’t damage any fabric. I also soak my kitchen towels shampoo-works great on the oils.

  12. does anyone know does this work on old blood stains?

    • I would say that there’s a chance, so it is definitely worth a try. Let me know how it works out!

    • mama2eight says:

      For blood spots I use spit! Just spit on the spot and work it in. Spit is free and it really works! Spit has digestive enzymes to break up protein.

      Spit is free!

      By the way, it’s only a spot until the heat of the dryer sets it into a stain. I check my spots as they come out of the washer. If they are still there, I keep them out of the dryer.

      • Your so right… SPIT!!! :) Spit real good on the area “as soon as you see that blood stain!” (The sooner the better) Then notice it being completely gone after washing.
        Dry mouth? No problem! Got friends? They’ll be more than happy to spit on ya! haHA! Guess what? ALL SPIT WORKS ALIKE so just it on there real good! :)”
        This blood stain remover works every single time~
        It’s all NATURAL & FDA Approved!
        Tks great grandma! :)

    • Hydrogen peroxide works great at removing just about any bodily fluid that comes out of animals or humans. Just test fabric’s colorfastness before going whole hog on it.

  13. How long it will last? It is allowed to put it in refrigerator?

    • Melanie says:

      From what I understand, hydrogen peroxide is not as effective when exposed to light for an extended period of time. So, I just mix up a small batch each time I need it.

  14. mama2eight says:

    When it comes to spots from leaky diapers, there is a free way to get rid of those! It’s called sunshine! Really! Here’s my story.

    I wore a white gauze dress to a church picnic with my nursing baby. Well, this little baby did one of those exploded diapers all over my lap in orange. I went to the bathroom to clean up. I still had an orange dress. I decided that since I came to picnic in a clean dress, people will understand if I stay with a dirty dress. Well, after the picnic was over I noticed that my dress was white again from the sun exposure! Nothing more, just sunshine! It works for diapers too! Just hang them out on the line to brighten them up!

    Sunshine is free!

  15. I did the math over at Jillee’s blog several months ago, but naturally it got ignored because this frugal solution isn’t so frugal compared to the original oxi-clean or generic oxygen cleaners, sad but true. I think it’s a great tip if you are in need of a quick fix and have all those ingredients on hand, but not oxi. ;)

    • I haven’t used oxi before. Have you tried both and priced out both for comparison?

      • I have used oxiclean, and was not impressed. I figure, I have all of these on hand at any given time. Dawn is roughly $3, baking soda $.59, and peroxide is around $1 for the big bottle. In my search for saving, I found that Great Value blue detergent is just as effective as Dawn, and half the price. Other off brands that I tried were not the same, so be careful. ;)

  16. How good is this recipe for cleaning out ovens? Some of the harder and dirtier ovens require some sort of caustic to clean. I am trying to avoiding using these types of chemicals but sometimes nothing else works…

  17. Its great idea! Thanks for sharing such a helpful post with us. Definitely I will try this homemade recipe. Many times I have faced stain problem on my clothes while working at home or travelling. Also your homemade stain remover recipe is within my budget. If you have some more homemade cleaners please share with us.

  18. Siridatar Khalsa says:

    The recipe calls for
    one part Dawn dishwashing liquid soap
    two parts hydrogen peroxide
    1-2 tablespoons baking soda

    What does one part/two parts constitute? Is 1-2 Tablespoons of baking soda considered (one part) and therefore the recipe is:

    1-2 Tablespoons of Dawn
    2-4 Tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide
    1-2 Tablespoons of baking soda

    Thanks.

  19. I did this without the peroxide for a very expensive dress that bled – it was black and white – and the tag said I could hand wash – well I put it in the wash on a light cycle with a similar dress that was blue – on cold – dumb – it all bled together. The blue dress spots came out with oxiclean – I let it soak for a few hours in cold before washing.. The black and white tie dye dress still had purple stains everywhere – so I tried this (minus the hydrogen peroxide) and let it sit for a few hours – then soaked it in cold water with oxi – it came out!!! I had to do it twice but it worked. Amazing. I wonder if any bleaching issues people are having is from the baking soda and peroxide combined?

    • Oh, that is awesome! Thanks for sharing your experience, Annie.
      I believe hydrogen peroxide does have some “bleaching” properties. It is what is used in many brightening laundry detergents rather than bleach.

      • Hydrogen peroxide is what we use to use to bleach our hair as teenagers. Stand to reason it might bleach clothes as well. We would rinse our heads with it in the beginning of summer on the first hot day. Leave our hair wet with it and go pout in the direct sun. By the end of the day we were blond and I have dark brown hair. If used on whites with stains, then hung in the sun I would imagine it would work great. Just a thought.

Trackbacks

  1. […] This homemade stain remover removes more than just everyday stains. It is good for the removal of collar stains, underarm stains, grease stains, baby food stains and bloodstains. The major benefit is that it is cheap to make as you probably have all the ingredients at home. You will need dishwashing liquid, bleach (hydrogen peroxide) and baking soda. Mix one part dishwashing liquid soap, two parts bleach, and 1-2 tablespoons baking soda together in a small bowl. Test the mixture by placing a bit on a hidden part of the garment ensuring the mixture does not harm the garment. Bleach can be heavy on materials; it is also recommended to mix small amounts of the stain remover, as bleach is also sensitive to light. If the test is fine, apply the mixture with a small brush onto the affected area. A good idea is an old toothbrush, as you can get right to the stain. Rinse the garment and then launder as usual. For tougher stains, leave the mixture on the garment for an hour or treat the area a few times before laundering. It even works on old stains that have set. […]

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