I’ve tried many different types of stain removers. Some pretty pricey! But none have worked as well as this homemade DIY stain remover spray has! This 2 ingredient stain spray, made with vinegar and dish soap works great on white and colored clothes!
I used to be the kind of mom who followed her kids around when they were eating dessert in their “good clothes” making sure they didn’t get chocolate on their outfits. Because honestly I could not get it out! It didn’t help that none of my babies could stand to wear a bib. The minute we’d sit down to eat, off it would go onto the floor.
The only thing that seemed to work well for me, was soaking their chocolate dribbled shirts in a bucket of water and borax powder. That was my go to, til the time I ran out of it!
I needed something that I could whip up with ingredients I had on hand so I checked good old Google. I kept seeing hydrogen peroxide mixed with baking soda and dawn dish soap. So I gave it a try and it did work but it was kind of messy.
Vinegar has always been my go to cleaner for basically everything. So why not try it on our clothes? I mixed it with some blue dawn dish soap in a spray bottle and voila! That was it. I never looked back! Haven’t bought a premade laundry spray since!
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what you need to Make Homemade DIY Stain Remover Spray:
- white distilled vinegar
- blue dawn dish soap
- distilled water
How do you make Homemade DIY Stain Remover for Clothes?
Time needed: 5 minutes.
- Pour in the 2 Ingredients
Pour 1 part Blue Dawn Dish Soap to 4 parts white distilled vinegar into a glass spray bottle.
- Shake to Mix Well
You want to shake the bottle very well so the soap doesn’t build up in your spray nozzle.
- Use as Needed
Spray directly on to stains and soiled spots on your laundry. This stain remover works best on wet or damp clothing.
- Let Set
Rub the stain remover into the fabric and let set and soak in for at least an hour.
FAQ About diy stain remover spray:
What does 1 to 4 parts mean?
It means for every 1 oz. of blue Dawn dish soap you use you will need 4 oz. of white vinegar.
Does Homemade DIY Stain Remover Spray Work on Grease Stains on Clothes?
Yes! Dawn dish soap is known for cutting grease like no other and that’s exactly what it does on your laundry!
What if an Entire Clothing Item is Stained?
Rather than spray the entire piece with homemade stain remover spray, I like to have a bucket of warm water in my laundry room for soaking bad stains til I can wash them. Just squirt in some Blue Dawn Dish Soap and add a scoop of Borax or Super Washing Soda to keep the stain from setting.
This will help the satins to wash out more easily when you do laundry next. Just check the item again after it has been washed and spray and stains that still haven’t come out.
Where do you Buy Glass Spray Bottles?
So here’s a fun hack for you! I have gotten clear glass spray bottles on Amazon and I use them for so many things! You can also buy amber spray bottles bottles if you choose to add essential oils to your stain remover. (the amber bottle keeps the oils in the dark environment that they need).
But a few years ago, I discovered that Kombucha bottles fit spray bottle nozzles! And soap dispenser pump tops! Isn’t that fun? All you have to do is buy the spray tops and screw them on to your empty Kombucha bottles and you have a set of pretty and useful glass amber spray bottles!
Laundry Tips and Tricks:
- Stain remover spray works best on clothes that are wet or at least damp.
- Instead of checking for stains to spray before starting the washing machine, go ahead and wash the clothes and check for stains after they’ve been washed (not dried). This saves time since you would already be checking to make sure stains came out anyway. And the spray works better on wet clothes anyway! If you see a stain, just spray it and stick it back in the hamper to wash next laundry day! This gives the stain remover plenty of time to soak in and do its job.
- If you are changing your child after a messy situation, just go ahead and throw their stained clothes into a bucket of warm water mixed with a scoop of borax or super washing powder. This will hold it over till you get around to doing laundry and the water will keep the stain from setting!
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