My Favorite Homemade Stain Remover

I’m one of those homemakers who loves to do laundry.  I know …crazy right?  I’m constantly looking for new ways to make my families clothes last longer and I’m always up for a challenge to get a new laundry stain out.  Over the years I’ve had fun learning how to make homemade stain remover.  I’ve even replaced so many cleaning products with all-natural or homemade, that I never go down those aisles in the grocery store anymore.  I don’t know about you, but those last few aisles are the ones that usually racked up my grocery bill and I am glad to walk right past them now.  

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My kitchen pantry has now become my go-to source for almost any stain my family throws at me.  With a little know-how and a cheat sheet that I keep taped to the back of my laundry room door, I can tackle anything stain my family throws at me. 

Here is a list of my all-time favorite homemade laundry stain removers: 

  • Fresh Grease = Salt – Salts absorbent quality is the reason you can treat fresh grease. Sprinkle enough salt on the stain to cover the entire spot. When it dries, brush it off, and you will brush most of the stain with it. You can loosen an old stain by rubbing salt into the stain before washing as usual.
  • Fruit Juice or Rust Stains = Lemon Juice – Diluted or straight, lemon juice is a safe treatment for juice or rust stains.
  • Milk, Blood or Chocolate = Meat Tenderizer – To treat a fresh stain, sprinkle enough tenderizer on the stain to cover it and let it sit for an hour. Brush off the old tenderizer and wash as usual. For a set stain, make a paste of 2 to 3 drops of water and 1 teaspoon of tenderizer and work into the stain. Let it sit for an hour and then wash as usual.
  • Wine = Club Soda or Seltzer Water – Pour club soda seltzer over the stain, then blot it with a clean paper towel. Wash as soon as possible.
  • Soda = Rubbing Alcohol – Soak the affected area immediately in cold water, apply rubbing alcohol to the stain and launder as usual. 
  • Ink or Lipstick = Hair Spray – To get rid of the lipstick stain on the fabric, coat the area with hairspray. Let it sit for a couple minutes, then carefully wipe off the excess spray and lipstick.
  • Ring Around the Collar = Chalk – When you get those dark lines around the collar of white or light-colored cotton shirts just rub a piece of white chalk into the stain and let sit overnight. Wash as usual the next day. The chalk will absorb most of the stain.

What is your favorite?  Do you have one you can share?  I would love to add to my arsenal of homemade stain removers!


Thanks for stopping by!

Tracy Lynn

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