Homemade Stain Remover
Removing Stains from Khaki Clothes
Removing Stains from White Clothes
Homemade Stain Remover: I Need Alternatives
My husband manages a fast food restaurant and between his clothes and my toddler's, we go through stain treatments fairly quickly. Any suggestions for a homemade stain treatment?
Homemade Stain Remover: Keeping It Simple
I use 1 cup Biz and 1 cup of Cascade (dishwasher detergent) in the hottest water in a 5-gallon bucket and usually soak several things at once. It works really well. It has taken out most stains that I have had and it does not hurt if you have to let it set in this a day or two before you wash.
Homemade Stain Remover: Simple Green Works Great
My husband, too, comes home with all kinds of stains. Simple Green is the answer! We buy a big jug of it at Sam's Club for $7.97 and use it for just about everything around the house, including stain treatment. I fill a squirt bottle 1/2 full with Simple Green and 1/2 with water to pretreat stains. Works for mostly everything ... except ink. And wouldn't you know he works at a printing shop! But Simple Green works for just about every other kind of stain ... dirt, grease, food, grass, etc. And that large bottle lasts for months.
Homemade Stain Remover: A Simple Recipe
A stain treatment I use is:
- 1 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid
- 1 cup ammonia
- 1 cup water
Put it all in a spray bottle and there you have it!
Recipe as Good as Store Bought
Here's a stain remover that works as well as Oxi-Clean. I've used it forever and am still amazed at how well it works.
- 1/4 Cup Powdered Clorox 2
- 1/4 Cup Powdered Cascade Dishwasher Detergent
- 5 Quarts Hot Water
Just stir this up and let your clothes soak overnight. Be sure to color treat. Dark colors will sometimes run. Otherwise it does work wonders.
Homemade Stain Remover: 409 and Era Work Together
I have found that an equal part mixture of 409 and Era in a spray bottle is a good stain treatment. Just spray on and wash as usual. You might want to use a scrub brush lightly on stubborn stains.
Homemade Stain Remover: A Book with Great Ideas
The book Clean and Green
by Annie Berthold-Bond has an entire index of different homemade stain remedies as well as every other kind of cleaner you might need for your home! At $12.95, the book pays for itself very quickly. There are not many stain treatments that will treat every stain so I love the fact there are different options.
Homemade Stain Remover: A Recipe Passed On
Here is a great stain treatment that a friend's mother taught me. Fill an empty dish-soap bottle as follows:
- 1/3 cup Ammonia
- 1/3 cup Crystal White Dishwashing Liquid
- 1/3 cup Tap Water
Shake gently to mix and prior to using. This mixture works on any washable fabric, and removes basic stains, set-in stains, blood, waste, etc. I pre-treat the stain, rub the mixture in, and wash as usual. This mixture keeps indefinitely, so I usually make a large "batch". Any clean plastic container can be used to store it.
Homemade Stain Remover: Old Advice Returns
I found that I got the best advice for removing stains from The Dollar Stretcher when you advised to treat stains with Goop. You can get it in the automotive section of Wal-Mart. I pre-treat all stains with Goop before I throw them in the hamper and they're all ready to wash when I get a load together.
The stain recipe I used before I discovered this was a homemade recipe of one cup each of powdered Cascade and Clorox II to five gallons of the hottest water to come out of your faucet. Soak several articles overnight, and launder as usual. This mixture can be saved and reused. However, both ingredients are costly and this method is more time consuming and messier than using Goop. Goop is also better for taking out grease, blood and grass stains than this mixture.
Take the Next Step:
Also In This Week's Issue
- 5 ways your house can make you go broke
- How to regain storage space and cut the clutter
- 5 simple and affordable luxuries for your home
- 12 ways to lower heating bills
- Free fireplace logs
- 8 kitchen remodeling projects for under $500
- 6 cheap, effective home security solutions
- 6 hazards your home insurance won't cover
- How to save on mortgage as rates rise
In The Dollar Stretcher Community
Get free money-saving articles in your inbox each week!
Sign up for our free weekly newsletter Surviving Tough Times.