DIY Stain Remover

Do you have stubborn stains in your clothing that won’t break free? Say goodbye to those stains when you give this DIY stain remover a try. Easy and inexpensive to make, this stain remover is gentle on your clothing but still blasts away at stains. Most recently, I made this product and used it on a 30 year old baptism gown. There was staining along the neckline that regular treatment and washing could not fix. With just a little dab of this DIY stain remover, I was able to wash the stain away leaving this special and delicate piece looking like new. Take a peek below at how you can create your own batch.

Stain Remover

DIY Stain Remover

Supplies needed:
½ cup of Fels Naptha soap, grated
¼ cup of baking soda
1 half of a lemon

You can find the oldie but goodie Fels Naptha in the cleaning supply aisle of your local grocer or retail store. It is a wonderful product and can still be purchased at a reasonable cost.

1. Begin by grating the Fels Naptha into a bowl. You want about ½ a cup worth. The grading can be coarse and does not have to be ultra fine.
2. Mix in ¼ of baking soda. This will help boost the cleaning power and also help remove odor.
3. Squeeze in the juice only of ½ of a lemon. If you want more of a paste, you can add the other half of juice.
4. Mix the ingredients well until your product has formed. It will resemble a paste and can run from a liquid finish to more thick.

To use this product, take a butter knife or wood craft stick and apply the mixture to the end. Wet the stain, then smooth the product over it. Gently massage it into the stain, allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with cold water. Launder the item as usual.

You will notice how easily it breaks stains up and reveals cleaner clothing. Give this easy to make DIY stain remover a try and never worry about stubborn stains again!

Do you have a favorite trick to get stains out of your laundry? Leave me a comment and tell me about it!


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  1. says

    I’m so saving this recipe. I have tried some others and while they work, they don’t work on everything.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    Thanks for the tip. I’ve been trying to get a stubborn stain out of summer blouse for quite some time to no avail. Will give this a try.

  3. Mary Sue Timmerman says

    I’ve had really good luck recently using a mixture of the original blue dawn dish soap and peroxide mixed in a 1:1 ratio in a spray bottle for clothing and carpet stains

  4. says

    I have a few items I am going to give this a try on. Thanks so much for sharing at our Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party. Hope you can join us this wednesday night at 8:30 PM EST -Doree


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