Homemade DIY Laundry Stain Remover Recipe

You can make your own version of a homemade laundry stain remover with just a few ingredients from your pantry. I haven’t bought commercial stain remover in years.

Bottle of homemade stain remover on towel

While there are plenty commercial products available, they aren’t as cost-effective as this recipe. 

Understanding the Benefits of Homemade laundry Stain Removers

It’s no secret that homemade solutions are gaining popularity due to their numerous advantages. Let’s take a closer look at why choosing a homemade laundry stain remover is a wise choice:

1. Cost-Effective Solution

Commercial stain removers can be expensive, especially if you find yourself frequently battling stains. By making your own stain remover at home, you can save money in the long run while still getting great results.

2. Environmentally Friendly

Many store-bought stain removers contain harmful chemicals that not only pose risks to our health but also contribute to water pollution and environmental damage.

Opting for homemade alternatives allows us to minimize our ecological footprint by using eco-friendly ingredients.

3. Customizable Formulas

One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to stain removal. Homemade fabric stain removers allow you to experiment with different ingredients and adjust formulas according to your specific needs and preferences.

Tips for Using Homemade Fabric Stain Removers Effectively

  1. Act quickly: The sooner you treat a stain, the easier it is to remove. Don’t let stains sit for too long before applying your homemade solution.
  2. Test on a hidden area: Before using any homemade stain remover on a visible part of your garment, test it on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t cause any discoloration or damage.
  3. Follow care instructions: Always refer to the clothing care label and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer when treating stains.
  4. Patience is key: Some stains may require multiple treatments or more time to fully disappear. Be patient and persistent when treating stubborn stains.
  5. Adjust formulas: Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and ratios in order to find what works best for your specific stain removal needs.
  6. Store properly: If you make larger batches of homemade stain removers, store them in labeled containers in a cool, dark place away from children and pets.

Effective Homemade Fabric Stain Remover Recipes

1. Vinegar and Baking Soda Paste

The combination of vinegar and baking soda is a powerful duo when it comes to removing tough stains. Here’s how you can make a paste:

  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and baking soda in a bowl.
  • Apply the paste directly to the stain and gently rub it in using a soft brush or cloth.
  • Let the paste sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
  • Launder the garment as usual.

2. Lemon Juice and Salt Solution

Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that works wonders on stains, especially on white or light-colored fabrics. Combined with salt, this solution can effectively remove stubborn stains:

  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the stained area.
  • Sprinkle salt over the lemon juice and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Using a soft brush, gently scrub the stain until it fades away.
  • Rinse with cold water and wash as usual.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide and Dish Soap Spray

Hydrogen peroxide is known for its stain-fighting abilities, while dish soap helps break down grease and oil-based stains.

Dawn dish soap is great for this, but you can use any brand you like. Follow these steps to create an effective spray:

  • In a dark-tinted spray bottle, combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. The bottle has to be tinted so the peroxide won’t break down in the light.
  • Shake well to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Spray the solution directly onto the stain, ensuring it is fully saturated.
  • Let it sit for about 10 minutes before blotting or gently rubbing with a clean cloth.
  • Wash the garment as usual.

4. Club Soda Soak

When I waited tables years ago, I learned this trick for when customers got food or drink on their clothes.

  • Dip a cloth in club soda and hold it on the stain for several seconds.
  • Lift the cloth to see how much the stain has been drawn out of the clothing. Put it back if it needs more time.

This worked like magic on every stain I ever tried it on. You can also do a submersion method.

  • Pour club soda into a bowl or basin large enough to soak your stained garment.
  • Submerge the stained area in club soda and let it soak for at least an hour or overnight if possible.
  • After soaking, wash the item of clothing as usual.

5. Homemade Stain Stick

If you prefer a convenient solution that you can carry around with you, consider making your own stain stick:


  • 1/4 cup grated laundry soap (such as Fels Naptha)
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • Essential oils (optional)


  1. Grate the laundry soap into a bowl.
  2. Add washing soda and hydrogen peroxide to the grated soap, mixing well until it forms a paste.
  3. If desired, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance.
  4. Transfer the mixture to an empty deodorant or lip balm tube for easy application.
  5. To use, simply rub the stain stick onto the affected area before laundering.