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DIY Stain Remover Recipe

My old stain remover recipe just wasn't up to the task – especially when it comes to oil stains – so I tested several new variations. This recipe performed best with ketchup, grass stains, and oil stains.


  • ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide (3%)

  • 2 tbsp castile soap

  • 20 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions To Make DIY Stain Remover

  • Combine ingredients and pour into a dark glass spray bottle and shake well to combine. Hydrogen peroxide is sensitive to light so a dark bottle is essential for maintaining potency.

  • Store in a cool area out of direct sunlight.

To Use DIY Stain Remover

  • If there is any concern about colorfastness, do a patch test on a small area before spraying the stain. When you're ready to treat the stain, shake the bottle well and spray it directly on the stain.

  • Sometimes I let it sit and then just throw it in the wash. If the stain is particularly pronounced I spray the area and let it to sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse while rubbing/scrubbing the fabric with a stiff toothbrush. (Not the soft brush I use on my teeth!) Then I reapply a second time and let it sit until I do laundry.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you make such a small batch?


Personally, I’ve found that it tends to lose some of it’s stain removal powers, so I make it in small batches so that it’s always fresh. It keep all the ingredients (and some old measuring supplies) in my laundry room so it takes just a couple of minutes each time.


Does this work on grease stains?

I’ve found it works well on oil stains, but depending on their source black grease stains may be another story. I don’t have any experience personally so if you try it please leave a comment and let me know how it worked!


More Cleaning Tips & Recipes

Bleach Alternative – If finding a homemade bleach alternative that WORKS feels a little like hunting for a mythical laundry unicorn, I think you’ll like this simple but effective recipe. All you need are three ingredients!


How To Clean Your Washing Machine – I used to think that washing machines were self-cleaning: Just toss in your dirty clothes, a scoop or two of laundry detergent, and the machine cleans the clothes AND itself, right?

Unfortunately, no. Washing machines can develop buildup from soap scum and hard-water deposits, and they’re vulnerable to mold and mildew, too. In the article above, I explain how to clean your washing machine so that your laundry comes out cleaner than when you put it in.


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