Homemade Stain Remover

“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7

By: Dana Baran

Stains. They are an inevitable part of life when you have young kids. Beginning with spit-ups and leaky diapers, the battle of stain vs. mommy starts early and escalates quickly as solid foods are introduced and outside play becomes harder and dirtier. Soon it becomes an all-out war. I first realized I needed to up my game after I discovered a lovely orange ring around the neckline of one of C’s white shirts (my favorite, naturally) that was the result of her first experience with a clementine (delicious and oh so juicy). I tried everything, from hand scrubbing with baby detergent to soaking it for hours to spraying it repeatedly with my go-to stain remover, to no avail.

In desperation I turned to Pinterest (don’t we all?) and found this pin. I decided to try it, and low and behold it worked! Cheap, easy to make, and containing normal household ingredients instead of a list of unpronounceable chemicals, I knew I had a winner on my hands. So far I’ve used it on berry stains, orange juice stains, blood stains, even exploding diaper stains, and it’s worked on every single one! One time the stain had dried and set before I could deal with it, and after treating the spot with my stain remover and running it through the washer it was faded but still visible. I remembered another pin I had seen that suggested using the bleaching power of sunlight, so I laid the garment outside in the full sun to dry. Sure enough, when I brought it in the stain was gone!So do I have you convinced? Are you ready for the recipe? Here you go:stainremover1

  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 squirts dish detergent (I use Dawn, which seems to be the most recommended)

A couple of tips: The baking soda makes this mixture very bubbly. I first put it into a spray bottle, but the liquid traveled up the straw and bubbled out the nozzle, resulting in a very clean counter and an empty bottle of stain remover. I switched to an empty dish detergent bottle and haven’t had any problems with leaking since. I also wrote the recipe out (doubled, since that’s what fit in my container) and taped it right to the bottle, so that when I run out (I go through it quickly, as you can imagine) I don’t have to go searching back through my Pinterest boards to find the correct mixture.

Homemade stain remover and sunlight = magic. Who knew? 🙂

2 thoughts on “Homemade Stain Remover

  1. julie

    Did you let it dry after you put it through the wash? Or did you put the stain remover on it, then set it in the sun, then wash it?

    1. DanaBaran Post author

      I usually put the stain remover on and soak it for a bit (if it’s really bad) then send it through the washing machine. If the stain is still visible after the garment is washed I’ll lay it in the sun to dry. Usually the sun will fade the stain enough so that it’s hardly noticeable. Of course the sun can also fade colors, so if the garment is very bright you may not want to put it in the sun…it’s up to you. Thanks for your question!


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