Homemade laundry stain removers are often as effective as the expensive store-bought stain products - at a fraction of the cost. So why not give them a try?
Regardless of which stain remover you choose, zapping a drip, drop,or splat without zapping the fabric itself will require a gentle touch and the patience to repeat a treatment until the stain is lifted.
These 6 homemade laundry stain removers can give your blighted blouse (or dress, or pants) a fresh, clean second life inexpensively.
A turpentine and ammonia mix is one of the best ways to remove blood, grease, and oil-based paint stains.
To make this stain treatment, simply combine equal parts household ammonia and turpentine (or substitute), and apply it directly on the stain.
Let the solution sit on the stain for 8 hours before washing the garment separately from other clothes.
One teaspoon laundry detergent mixed into one cup water is an especially effective stain remover for protein-based stains, such as blood and chocolate.
To use, work the solution into the stained area until fully saturated. Allow the solution to sit for 30 minutes. Follow by washing the garment in the warmest wash water temperature the garment can withstand.
If a ring or slight stain remains, feather the edges or spotty areas with a cloth dampened with hydrogen peroxide. Rinse thoroughly with clear, cool water. Which laundry detergent works the best? Check out the top detergent brands from the Consumer Reports laundry detergent testing here.
Three-percent, undiluted hydrogen peroxide is an effective homemade laundry stain remover for blood, mold, and mildew stains. It's also safe for the environment.
Hydrogen peroxide works by breaking down into water and oxygen, and works well as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-mold and anti-mildew cleaner. It's especially effective on blood stain removal.
To use, pour it directly on the stain. Use a toothbrush to gently work it into the fabric. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes, then toss into the washer as usual.
To use, shave thin slices from the Fels-Naptha bar. Add one part soap shavings to ten parts of water.
Work into a paste and apply directly onto stained area. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. Launder as usual.
Let stand 10 minutes. Turn the garment over and spray the underside as well. Allow to sit another 10 minutes.
After treating stains with homemade laundry stain removers, always wash clothes in the hottest water safe for the fabric, using chlorine bleach, color-safe bleach or bleach alternative and your favorite laundry detergent.