6 homemade laundry stain removers
 that work

Homemade laundry stain removers are often as effective as - if not more so - than the expensive store-bought remedies when it comes to tough stains.

When pretreating, allow your stain-busting product sit for a minute to a week, depending on the product. 

Be patient. Zapping a drip, drop,ors plat without zapping the fabric itself requires a gentle touched the patience to repeat a treatment until the blight is lifted.

Try these homemade stain solutions, and then wash the garment as usual. 

The Best Homemade Laundry Stain Removers

  1.  Turpentine and Ammonia 

  • Tough spot remover best for blood stains; greasy stains; and oily stains.

This turpentine and ammonia stain remover recipe is one of the best ways to remove blood, grease, and oil-based paint stains.

An equally effective substitute for strong-smelling turpentine is Turpenoid, an odorless turpentine substitute,

To make this stain treatment, simply combine equal parts household ammonia and turpentine, and apply it directly on the stain. Let sit for 8 hours before washing the treated garment separately from other clothes.

  2.  Laundry Detergent Stain Treatment

  • Use on protein-based stains like blood and chocolate.

Enzymes in detergents help remove protein-based stains, such as blood and chocolate, which makes for an especially effective stain treatment.

To make this simple but effective homemade stain remover, mix one teaspoon of enzyme detergent into one cup of water.

Work the solution into the stained area until fully saturated, and allow to sit for 10- to 15 minutes. Wash as usual in the warmest wash water temperature the garment can withstand.

Which laundry detergent works the best? Check out the top detergent brands from the Consumer Reports laundry detergent testing here.

    3.  Hydrogen Peroxide Laundry Stain Remover

  • Use for tough stains such as grease spots and oily stains.

Make this hydrogen peroxide laundry stain remover by mixing one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to one cup of water. Treat the greasy, stained spot by applying directly on the stained area; allow to sit for 30 minutes.

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.

  4.  Undiluted Hydrogen Peroxide Stain Remover

  • Best for blood, mold, and mildew stains.

Three-percent, undiluted hydrogen peroxide is an effective bleach alternative for getting out really tough 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.

  5.  Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap Bar Stain Treatment

  • Use for removing chocolate stains;, makeup and lipstick stains; old stains.
Fels-Naptha laundry soap has been around for more than a century, and is still one of the most effective products for removing oily stains, lipstick, perspiration, chocolate and even baby formula stains on clothes.

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.

  6.  Wd-40 Homemade Stain Remover 

  • Use to remove crayon, makeup, and lipstick stains.
WD-40, as you probably know, is most at home in garage-related jobs.

Since its formulation as a corrosion-preventer in the aerospace industry in 1953, however, it has been found to work remarkably well at removing grease stains, crayon, and lipstick stains from clothes, too. Use it full-strength, undiluted.

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.

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