Recipes for DIY laundry stain remover s are floating all around the Internet and there are quite a few on Pinterest. I have donned my lab goggles and rubber gloves and mixed up several of the formulas promising miraculous results, only to be disappointed by the cost to make them, the lack of results, the bleach spot they left behind or all of the above. That’s why I’m so excited about this recipe. Would I call it miraculous? Probably not. To me miraculous would be not getting the stain in the first place. What I will say is that this is the stain remover I will be using in my laundry room, from this day forward, to have and to clean, ’til death do us part.
Why do I like it?
- It works! My arch nemesis when it comes to stains is not grass, chocolate, blood or ground in dirt. Until discovering this stain remover, it was yellow mustard. No matter how quickly I was able to get to the stain, nothing seemed to take it out. The most expensive detergents and stain products, to the very cheapest, have been tried with equally disappointing results. There always remained a yellow shadow to taunt me. Today, I can tell you that I’m no longer afraid of mustard stains. It took sitting overnight, but this DIY laundry stain remover did something nothing I have ever purchased has been able to do. It removed a mustard stain.
- It’s easy to make. There are no toxic fumes and nothing to eat the skin off my fingers. It only has three ingredients, plus water, and they may already be in your house; especially if, like me, you make your own laundry detergent. It took less than five minutes to mix a batch and start using it!
- It’s inexpensive. Name brand stain removers can be upwards of $4 or $5 for a bottle that is less than 1 quart in size, depending on the brand you purchase. Some are even double that depending on where you shop. My homemade stain remover made a one quart batch and it only cost me $0.88! Score!
- ⅔ cup Dawn dishwashing liquid
- ⅔ cup ammonia
- ⅓ cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)
- water to fill to one full quart (a little over 2 cups)
- Place all the ingredients in a one quart spray bottle or glass jar.
- Screw on the lid and shake it up to mix thoroughly. After it sits awhile, the mixture will start to separate. (See the picture below, from just before getting ready to re-spray my "shadow".) Just give the bottle a quick shake before using and you'll be back in business.
- Spray the stain, rub and rinse the stain out. Then wash it as usual. Or, for really tough stains (like my mustard), spray the stain and let set overnight. Rinse the stain out. Wash as usual.