Stains are challenging to clean and remove on all types of fabric and material, especially if it’s your first time tackling the matter. We know that we immediately think, “How am I going to get this out?” the second we see a stain appear on a piece of clothing we love.
Don’t head straight to the laundry room or a dark place in the house to try and get the stain out. Instead, learn how to make the process much easier with our homemade stain remover tips and recipes.
With our tips and tricks listed below, you’ll learn how to make DIY laundry stain removers for your clothes, furniture, and carpet. If you’re eager to save your favorite button up, T-shirt, or blouse from red wine, or if you wish there was something you could do to salvage your perfect-fitting pants from that grease stain, look no further.
We’ll cover stain removing recipes and the ingredients you’ll need to make a natural stain remover. Common stains you’ll want to look out for are fruit, grease, armpit, ink, essential oil stains, and more.
Remove Laundry Stains the Easy Way
It never fails. You are wearing your favorite outfit and accidentally drip some of your juicy hamburger onto it. Or, you inadvertently step in a puddle with mud on the bottom and it spatters onto your pant legs. We can help you get food grease out of clothes and eliminate the mud from your pants with simple recipes that take only minutes to whip up and use.
DIY Stain Remover for Clothes
Stains are horrible reminders of what you, and we, have unwillingly done to the clothes we love. What’s worse is that some stains come back to haunt us, whether it is spit-up stains on baby clothes from our sick 2-year-old, deodorant stains from when we skidded our shirt across our armpit the wrong way, or blood stains on our jeans from when we tripped up the concrete steps.
That’s all okay, though, because there’s a fantastic DIY stain remover for clothes recipe to the rescue. It can even be used as a homemade spot remover.
Mix Dawn dish soap with hydrogen peroxide, add baking soda to the mixture for removing adhesive residue from fabric. Now, pour on the stain and use a toothbrush to scrub stain away.
Flip the shirt inside out and repeat the process. Let clothing sit for an hour then wash and dry accordingly. Use this same process to remove dirt stains that are a little more stubborn than others.
This mixture is an excellent pet odor neutralizer, too. Be sure that the fabric is a light color before using and always test an inconspicuous area first to ensure that the color won’t bleed. Substitute vinegar for peroxide if necessary.
Ingredients to Make a Natural Stain Remover
Not all stain removers are as specific as the above DIY laundry stain remover mentioned here. Some stain removers require experimentation of which solutions work best in certain circumstances. All in all, most stain-removing ingredients will likely act as a laundry stain remover, a carpet stain remover, and a mystery stain remover.
It’s time to get some ingredients that you should keep handy around the house for creating cleaning solutions and get out tough stains. You won’t need to use just Castile soap anymore!
You likely have most of these ingredients at home in the pantry or under the kitchen sink. If not, they are inexpensive and can be bought at a local store.
These products have multiple cleaning uses around the home. Use a mixture of dish soap, vinegar, and water as an excellent homemade vinyl floor cleaner, for example, or as a homemade couch stain remover, too.
Removing Cooking Stains
If you’re deep frying some chicken on top of the stove, you’re bound to get an oil stain at some point. If this ever happens, you must prepare yourself for the consequences your clothes are about to face concerning grease stains.
Though removing oil stains from clothes can be time-consuming, it doesn’t have to be if you know what ingredients to mix.
Blot the cooking oil with a paper towel. Cover the area of the stain with baking soda and allow the baking soda to sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Scrub area with baking soda into clothing with a toothbrush. Pour dish soap over the baking soda. Wash clothing in washing machine and make sure the stain is removed before drying.
Removing Deodorant Stains
Whether you have the deodorant stain because the white substance skidded onto your shirt or because you’ve been sweating all night and your deodorant rubbed off on the armpit region to give you an armpit stain, it doesn’t matter; you still need a solution before the armpit stains stick and get harder to remove.
Though the best way to get rid of deodorant stains under armpits is to apply an acid, there are still additional options.
Each of the above listed is a different way for you to get rid of stains in various ways. Use all as separate recipes for a homemade stain remover.
You can soak the stain in equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water. This works well on white clothing. You can mix baking soda into a paste with water as a 3:1 ratio. Then, scrub the stain out using a toothbrush.
Combine two tablespoons of white vinegar with a cup of water and soak the clothing. Mix lemon juice and water, both of equal parts, and scrub the stain out. Combine salt and water and scrub the stain. All methods will work.
Removing Ink Stains with Hairspray
In our personal experience with stains, we still get curious as to how ink stains come about; the only logical reasoning we’ve thought up of is an ink pen exploding onto a piece of clothing or an uncapped pen is left in a pocket when laundering. Nonetheless, ink stains do happen. Now how do we remove them?
Did you know using hairspray to remove ink stains is a thing? Spritz hairspray it onto the ink stain. Let the spray set for approximately 30 seconds. Wipe the ink with a damp cloth. Any hairspray will work for stains, even if it’s already dry.
Removing Fruit Stains
Some fruits stain, some fruits don’t stain; it’s the berries you must watch. The juices strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries secrete make for killer stains that are incredibly stubborn to get out of clothing.
These fruit stains are evident in almost all types of clothing. Not to mention the sugars present in such fruits tend to turn the stains yellow with age and heat. If you’re looking to get blueberry out of clothes, or any other fruit, we can help.
For new stains, you can take the fabric with the stain on it and stretch it out, stain down, over a bowl. Fasten it with an elastic. Then, pour boiling water through the stain.
You can also rub lemon onto the stain to remove it. Then, rinse the fabric with water, blot the water out, and let it air dry.
Removing Essential Oil Stains
Regular grease and oil stains happen often, but many people don’t expect essential oils to produce such difficult stains to remove. Here are a few tricks for removing these nasty little stains.
Sprinkle baby powder onto the stain. If you don’t have baby powder, salt and flour will do the trick, soaking up most of the stain. Then, using laundry detergent or dish soap, spot-treat the area with an old toothbrush.
If the stain persists, dip the fabric into a bowl of white vinegar. If it’s an extreme case, leave the clothing in the white vinegar bowl for up to six hours. Rinse with water and launder. Do not put it in the dryer immediately, as the heat will make the stain almost permanent.
Of course, you can’t put your couch in a bowl of vinegar. Use this same recipe as a fabric sofa stain remover but put the vinegar in a spray bottle and apply it to the stain. Scrub with a soft sponge or clean old rag and rinse with clean water. Let it air dry.
Removing Tough Old Stains
No matter how much you wash that white shirt in the washing machine, those old food stains and mystery stains won’t come out. That’s probably because laundry detergent alone won’t do the trick.
Here’s the not-so-secret recipe for concocting the perfect old stain remover to act against soda, gum, coffee, tea, wine, soy sauce, tomato sauce, blood, urine, and even mud stains.
Mix one part Dawn dishwashing liquid and two parts hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. Spray the area and rub the spray in thoroughly. Let it sit. Wash and the stain should be gone!
Removing Stains using Cold Water
Some stains aren’t fixed with warm or hot water; instead, some stains prefer to be treated with cold water. Alcohol stains (not rubbing alcohol) and baby formula-related stains respond well with cold water.
First, rinse both types of stains immediately with cold water for up to 30 minutes. As for alcohol-related stains, start by applying detergent or dish soap to the already-wet area. Then, wash in hot water using chlorine bleach, if the fabric can handle it. For baby formula-related stains, soak the material with an enzyme soaking product. Then, rinse and wash per usual guidelines.
Many of these recipes and cleaning solutions can be used on surfaces other than laundry, too. Make a homemade teak cleaner with warm water, bleach or Oxy-clean, and laundry detergent or Dawn.
These tips on difficult stain removing will be able to help you with your daily stain struggles. The homemade stain remover options provided will be ready to tackle stains involving ink, fruit, essential oil, grease, and much more.
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