Stains happen. They happen if you have kids. They happen if you have pets. They definitely happen when you’re wearing your whitest shirt and your co-worker happens to trip next to you while holding a takeout tray full of uncovered, brim-full coffee cups.
There are many ways to get stains out of clothes. Soak them in cold water overnight. Use a small washboard in the sink to hand scrub the fabric that’s stained. Wash them a million times in the washing machine. Eventually, a stubborn stain will resist all attempts to clean it up, and we will find ourselves reaching for the stain remover. Oh, you don’t have any? (I actually didn’t until my second kid was 14 months old…no idea how we managed that!) Well, pause before you head to the store to buy some and try making your own with just two ingredients I bet you already have sitting in your kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
- 1 part blue Dawn dishwashing soap
- 2 parts hydrogen peroxide
Pour into a spray bottle, shake it up, and that’s that! Why does this work so well? Blue Dawn brand soap is well known for cutting straight through grease and other stubborn substances in a way that other soaps just can’t do. Often, environmental agencies even use pure Dawn to gently clean up animals affected by oil spills. Hydrogen peroxide’s bubbly action helps loosen up stains as well—oxygen bleaches are basically a form of hydrogen peroxide.
You can use this homemade cleaner straight, or mixed with water if you want to dilute it or soak some fabric for a while. As always, be sure to test a little spot first to make sure it doesn’t change the color of or eat holes through the fabric you are using it on, though overall this is a pretty safe concoction. It’s also fairly safe to use around kids and pets as long as they’re not chugging it or licking the carpet directly after you apply it or anything. Happy stain lifting!
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