How to Make Homemade Stain Remover for Clothes
If you’re interested in creating a more eco-friendly laundry room, one simple place to start is to make your own homemade stain remover for clothes. After doing a ton of testing, I found a DIY laundry stain remover that actually works.
If your household is anything like mine, you find some pretty interesting stains on clothing when it’s time to do laundry. Between my husband and my son, I never know what I’m going to get.
I used to buy jugs of stain remover in bulk to try to deal with all the dirt and food stains. But to be honest, I felt like these stain removers weren’t working at all. Plus, I started to worry about the harmful chemicals that were ending up on our clothes and in the water supply.
That’s when I decided to make my own homemade stain remover.
Putting the Homemade Stain Remover to the Test
As you can see from the above photo, my son managed to get pizza sauce on his khaki shorts. Now, the best part of this story isn’t the fact that he didn’t tell me he got pizza sauce on his shorts and let it sit there for days. No, the best part is that these shorts were brand new, and this was the first time he had worn them.
I might have uttered the words, “I’m going to let you walk around naked for the rest of your life” when I discovered this.
I had this homemade stain remover ready to go, so I decided to put it to the ultimate test.
Wow! Check that out! It completely removed the pizza sauce and you can’t even tell it was there.
Homemade Stain Remover Ingredients
To make your own homemade stain remover, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 16-ounce amber glass spray bottle
- 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 1/2 cup of biodegradable soap
- Baking soda
How to Use Homemade Stain Remover for Clothes
- Combine the hydrogen peroxide and biodegradable soap in the glass spray bottle and gently swirl to combine.
- Sprinkle the baking soda over the stain and spray the stain remover on top. Let it sit for a few minutes.
- Use a soft scrub brush to gently work the baking soda and stain remover into the stain.
- Wash according to the clothing label.
- Check the garment before drying. If the stain is still there, repeat the process.
A Few Notes About This DIY Stain Remover
Now, I can already hear you saying, “Wait a minute. Won’t hydrogen peroxide bleach my clothing?”
Higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide can bleach clothing. That’s why it’s important to use 3% hydrogen peroxide. Then this homemade stain remover will be safe for whites and colors. You can always spot test your clothing if you want to make sure.
It’s also important to use an amber glass spray bottle, because hydrogen peroxide can lose its effectiveness when exposed to air and light. I also recommend storing your stain remover in a cool, dark place when you’re not using it.
Homemade Stain Remover for Clothes
You don’t have to deal with expensive store-bought stain remover that contains harmful chemicals and doesn’t actually do the job. When you see the amazing results you can get with this homemade stain remover for clothes, you’ll never want to use anything else!
More Eco-Friendly Living Tips
Now that you see how easy it is to make homemade stain remover for clothes, are you interested in even more eco-friendly living tips? Then check out some of our other popular posts:
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