DIY Laundry Stain Remover

I have to admit, I am a very sloppy eater. If there is a speck of dirt to be found anywhere in the room, it usually ends up splattered on my chest! I don’t know how or why, but dirt just seems to LOVE me. I scoured through Pinterest in search of a stain fighter to end all of my boobly woes. There was one pin that kept popping up, and since I already had the things to make it at home I decided to take it for a “spin”{that was

my pathetic attempt at a washing machine joke…get it “spin”, as in spin cycle (come on, humor me)}…

How we did it:

When it came time to put this pin to the ultimate test, it was just my luck … my darling Husband, whom I love so dearly, wore one of his nicest shirts to…WORK ON THE CAR!!! Although I was very pleased that my mini van was fixed, I was not so very pleased with the GIANT greasy car stains on the front of his shirt. After washing this shirt two times with no luck from my regular stain fighter/remover, I was desperate to try anything that might help…

The Verdict:

I sprayed my husbands shirt and let it set for a while, then washed it as usual. As I pulled it from the washer to see if any or all of the nastiness was gone, I was shocked! There were only a few little tiny spots on his shirt. Yippy the GIANT grease stain was gone… I treated it yet again and washed it one last time…It worked! Yay, the shirt was saved, and so was my Husband! 🙂


  • You can make as much or as little as you want or need.
  • Simple and easy to make.
  • It is made from common household items.
  • It worked!
  • Cost effective.


  • You should use this in a well ventilated area (If you get spray crazy, like my Mother…you could get light headed from the smell)
  • You have to make it
  • You have to have a spray/squirt bottle


A few notes:
  • Your stain remover’s color will fade. It starts out blue and fades to clear, this is fine and does not change the way it works.
  • In case you were wondering…I used 1 cup of dawn and 2 cups of peroxide.


  1. Clarissa R. says

    I have scrubs that I have had for atleast 4 years. Of course they had those nasty dirty armpits from running around like a chicken. I mixed this and tossed a little bit of Washing soda on the stains ang gave it a good scrub with a stiff brush. It worked so well I think the rest of the shirt needs a cleaning with it. My Stepmother asked for the recipe for my brothers white tees. I can’t wait to hear those results.

  2. Robin says

    used this last fall on a mostly white comforter that had yellowish spots. It worked great! I’ve also used this, with some baking soda (1 pt dawn, 2 parts each H2O2 and baking soda) as a whitener for pit-stains…also successfully. 🙂
    thanks for the pin-test. now I know it’s not just a fluke 😉

  3. Erica says


    Thanks for this post. I was wondering if you think this would work with just homemade or natural laundry soap in lieu of the Dawn? We try not to use any chemicals.


    • Cassie says

      I have tried spraying and letting it set. I do not recommend doing that. I did it on a dark orange shirt and it faded the shirt a bit. I did let it set for about an hour, and it was noticeably faded. It may be okay on a white shirt, and it could have just been the fabric type, but I haven’t tried it on any other shirts for that long. Just in case. 🙂

    • Cassie says

      I part dawn and 2 parts peroxide means that if you use one cup of dawn, then you would use 2 cups of peroxide. If you don’t need that much, you could use one half cup of dawn and 1 cup of peroxide. I hope this helps. 🙂


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