DIY Stain Removers

All stains are not created equal.

Different stains require different stain removers. So when using DIY stain removers, it is important to use the right ingredients for your particular stain.

First, it is always best to treat a stain as soon as possible so that it does not have time to set. A fresh stain is almost always easier to remove. Do not procrastinate.

Here is a list of five common laundry stains along with a DIY solution. While this list was compiled for laundry use, these remedies may easily be adapted for use on carpet stains.

Chocolate Stains

Sponge with hydrogen peroxide to remove as much of the chocolate stain as possible. Make a paste of borax and water. Rub the paste into the stain using an old toothbrush. Wash as usual.

Blood Stains

Do not let a blood stain sit. A fresh stain is much easier to remove.While the stain is fresh, soak in cold salty water. If that does not completely remove the stain, dab with hydrogen peroxide. While hydrogen peroxide works well, it is rather harsh and, if used too often, can break down the fibers of your fabric so use it only when necessary.

To Remove Blood Stains

Collar Stains

In a small bowl, make a paste of liquid dishwashing soap and baking soda. Using a small brush, such as an old toothbrush, apply it to the collar and let it sit for an hour. Wash as usual.

Perspiration Stains

Combine one part Dawn dish soap with two parts hydrogen peroxide. Add enough baking soda to make a paste. Rub it into the perspiration stain and let it sit for an hour before washing.

Grease Stains

Gently rub corn starch into the grease stain. Let sit for 15 minutes, then brush off. Rub in a little liquid dishwashing soap, then wash in the hottest water the fabric can handle.

If your stain is not completely gone after washing, do not put the item in the dryer. The stain will set and you may never get it out. Instead, repeat the remedy until the stain is removed.

For more DIY laundry ideas, check out these posts:

Use vinegar as a fabric softener

Homemade Underarm Stain Remover

Eliminate Static Cling with Aluminum Foil in the Dryer

What DIY stain removers have worked for you? Share them in the comments.

This post is linked to Show and Tell Saturday and  6 Sisters Stuff