This homemade DIY stain remover works better than any of the store-bought sprays I’ve ever tried! Believe it or not you only need 2 ingredients to make it: vinegar and dish soap!
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!
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, till the time I ran out of it!
Vinegar has always been my go to cleaner for basically everything. I mixed it with some blue dawn dish soap (works on my dishes so why not on my kids clothes?) and voila! The best stain remover I’d ever tried.
You might want to try out my DIY laundry scent booster too!
I’m going on 10 years and 6 more kids since switching to homemade laundry stain remover. It’s just that good! I’ll never buy the expensive store-bought sprays again.
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why you’ll like this DIY stain remover
easy to make
You only need 2 simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand: vinegar and dawn dish soap.
Just mix the ingredients in a spray bottle, give it a shake and you’re ready to do laundry!
Store bought laundry products aren’t cheap. With the amount of laundry I do, I’d be spending a good $70 a year just on stain remover. Making my own DIY recipe has saved me a lot of money!
This spray works just as well, or better than any other store-bought stain removers I’ve ever tried.
Dawn dish soap works super well at dissolving grease on dishes and it works the same way on grease and oils in your clothes.
Vinegar is my absolute favorite natural cleaner! I use it in almost all of my homemade cleaners. Vinegar lifts dirt and grime from the fibers of fabric.
Together, dish soap and vinegar can get out even the most stubborn stains from grass stains to grease!
What You Need To Make DIY Stain Remover For Clothes:
- vinegar – white vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners! Because it’s mildly acidic, it can help remove tough stains without damaging your clothes.
- blue dawn dish soap – dawn ultra cleans dishes like no other and it can work just as well on greasy spots and oils from your skin that collect dirt on your clothes. Make sure to use the blue dish soap.
- essential oils (optional) – essential oils like lemon, orange, eucalyptus, peppermint, thieves and lavender are known for their disinfecting and deodorizing properties can be added to boost the cleaning power of this stain remover.
- spray bottle – any kind of spray bottle will work. I like to use these amber glass spray bottles since I add essential oils to my spray and the dark glass keeps the oils nice and strong.
How Do You Make DIY Stain Remover For Clothes?
Combine – Using a funnel, add dish soap, vinegar and essential oils (if using) to a 16 ounce spray bottle.
Shake Well – Replace the lid and shake well to combine.
tips for success:
To Use – For best results, use this spray on wet or damp laundry. Spray the stains, lightly rub it in and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
The first time you use this spray, spot test on a small area to make sure it doesn’t affect the colors. (I’ve never had a problem after using it for 10 years).
Variations – The essential oils are optional in this recipe. Add 20 drops of your favorite oils. Lemon and thieves add to the cleaning power.
FAQ About DIY Stain Remover For Clothes:
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 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!
DOES DAWN DISH SOAP GET STAINS OUT OF CLOTHES?
Dawn dish soap is one of the best hacks for dealing with tough stains. It can remove oil stains and grease residue better than most commercial stain removers!
does vinegar remove laundry stains?
White vinegar is one of the most versatile and powerful natural cleaning products there is! It gently lifts dirt and grime from the fibers of soiled clothes.
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 till 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.
Marisha from Midwest Makings has an awesome 3 ingredient laundry detergent recipe you’ll love!
Laundry Tips And Tricks:
Stain Remover Works best on wet clothes
I’ve found that spraying stains on dry fabric doesn’t work nearly as well as it does when the clothing item is wet or at least damp.
Launder First, check for stains after
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. 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.
for really messy situations
If you are changing your child after a blow out or jumping in muddy puddles type incident, 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!
Check out this post for more ways to keep up with your laundry.
More Homemade cleaning supplies
If you liked this post, I think you’ll really enjoy these other DIY cleaning ideas on the blog!
- Thieves Multi Purpose Cleaner From Scratch
- Homemade Hardwood Floor Cleaner
- DIY Laundry Scent Booster
- Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner Tablets
- DIY Leather Cleaner
I hope you enjoyed making your own homemade stain remover spray! If you make it, I’d love for you to come back and leave a comment and rating so that I know how you like it!
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