Homemade Stain Remover for Laundry and Carpet

I’m excited to show you how to make a fabulous if not magical DIY homemade stain remover. This stain remover recipe is so easy and cheap to make. And wow, does it perform!

Unlike some other homemade laundry stain and detergent products you’ll find here at Everyday Cheapskate, this one is also a homemade stain remover for carpet. Ah-ha! That got your attention!

Just let me be clear at the get-go, that while this stain remover works super well on fabric, upholstery, and carpet in the house and car, it must be rinsed well or laundered once that stain disappears. Got it? OK, let’s get right to it.

Homemade Stain Remover

You will need:

✅ fresh hydrogen peroxide

✅ Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid

✅ spray bottle, any size

✅ funnel (optional)

 

 

Instructions:

Into a spray bottle using a funnel if desired, pour one part Blue Dawn and two parts fresh hydrogen peroxide, i.e. 1 cup Blue Dawn and 2 cups hydrogen peroxide. OR 2 tablespoons Blue Dawn and 4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide. The ratio is important: twice as much hydrogen peroxide as Blue Dawn.

This means that you can use any size bottle to make up any amount of laundry stain remover you need or want.

To use:

  1. Shake bottle to mix. Apply to stain.
  2. Wait a few minutes. Don’t be surprised when that stain disappears all by itself! Or if not, rub the stain with a brush or clean white cloth (you don’t want to transfer color from a cleaning cloth to the stained item.)
  3. Launder the item as usual. If treating carpet, upholstery, use sparingly, then rinse and blot with clear water, keeping in mind that you’ve just sprayed full-strength dishwashing detergent on that sofa, chair, or carpet. It needs to be completely removed.

Truly amazing

This DIY laundry stain remover is a miracle worker all around the house. I use it on kitchen and bath linens, clothes, carpet, rugs; my white sofas, and dining room chairs. It tackles red wine stains, organic stains like blood, grass—pet and baby stains, too. You can use this on colored items as well as whites (although please test first in an inconspicuous place.)

FAQs

Do I have to use Blue Dawn, or can I substitute something else?

You can substitute any kind of liquid dishwashing soap, although I wouldn’t unless it’s an emergency. That’s because Blue Dawn contains specific surfactants that are far more effective on grease and oil than any other product in its class. And if you use Blue Dawn Ultra, your results will be even more spectacular because the Ultra version contains enzymes. That makes it really effective on proteins, which most household stains contain.

Why do you specify “fresh” hydrogen peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide dissipates in the presence of light—both sunlight and household light. It loses its effectiveness. If you use an old bottle of hydrogen peroxide that you’ve had sitting on the shelf for years, you might as well just use water. It’s worn out, lost its spunk. Keeping your bottle of homemade stain remover in an amber bottle will help to protect it from light. Putting the bottle in a dark cupboard will protect it even further. The rule of thumb is this: Once opened, keep hydrogen peroxide tightly sealed in a dark place and use it within 6-months.

DIY Stain Remover for Laundry and Carpet

Unlike some other homemade laundry stain and detergent products you'll find here at Everyday Cheapskate, this one is also a homemade stain remover for carpet. While this stain remover works super well on fabric, upholstery, and carpet in the house and car, it must be rinsed well once that stain disappears, or the item laundered to complete the job. Use sparingly on items that are not easily laundered such as upholstery and carpet. Rinse well.=
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Course: Carpet Cleaning, Housekeeping, Laundry
Cuisine: Household Cleaning Tips, Housekeeping
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 24 ounces
Author: Mary Hunt
Cost: Varies

Equipment

  • Spray bottle with sprayer top

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh hydrogen peroxide
  • ½ cup Blue Dawn Ultra or any Blue Dawn (SEE Notes)

Instructions

Prepare Stain Remover

  • Into a small bottle using a funnel if desired, pour one part Blue Dawn and two parts fresh hydrogen peroxide, i.e. 1 cup Blue Dawn and 2 cups hydrogen peroxide. OR 1/4 cup Blue Dawn and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide. The ratio is important: twice as much hydrogen peroxide as Blue Dawn.
  • Apply sprayer top to the bottle, shake to mix.

To Use:

  • Shake bottle to mix, then spray on the stain
  • Wait a few minutes. Don't be surprised when that stain disappears all by itself! Or if not rub the stain with a brush or clean white cloth (you don't want to transfer color from a cleaning cloth to the stained item!)
  • Rinse well to remove all of the soap or launder the item. You've just sprayed full-strength dishwashing detergent on that shirt, sofa, or carpet. It needs to be completely removed.

Notes

  1. Spray Bottles: I use these 4-oz. amber glass spray bottles for this homemade stain remover and other homemade solutions. I make up the stain solution in a larger container, then fill the 4-oz bottle. The bottle's amber color protects the hydrogen peroxide from light. These bottles are small enough to keep handy and come with excellent-quality sprayer tops.
  2. You can substitute any kind of liquid dishwashing soap, although I wouldn't. That's because Blue Dawn contains specific surfactants that are far more effective on grease and oil than any other product in its class. And if you use Blue Dawn Ultra, your results will be even more spectacular because the Ultra version contains enzymes. That makes it really effective on proteins, which most household stains contain.
  3. It is mandatory that you use fresh hydrogen. Why? Because hydrogen peroxide dissipates in the presence of light—both sunlight and household light. It loses its effectiveness. If you use an old bottle of hydrogen peroxide in this recipe that you've had sitting on the shelf for years, you might as well just use water. It's worn out, lost its spunk. Keeping your bottle of homemade stain remover in an amber bottle will help to protect it from light. Putting the bottle in a dark cupboard will protect it even further. The rule of thumb is this: Once opened, keep hydrogen peroxide tightly sealed in a dark place and use it within 6-months.
 
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5 replies
  1. David Sorokwasz says:

    Toilet bowl stain rings! Flush, pour in 12 oz. Pepsi or CocaCola, let stand overnight. Flush after 12 hours, brush lightly with toilet brush. Voila! Stain ring is GONE!!!

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    • Mary Hunt says:

      Thanks for your input David. And yes that works due to the carbonation … but who can close a toilet to users for 12 hours? And at a cost of $.50 to $1.50 per cleaning (depending where and how you purchase your Coke), I find baking soda/vinegar or borax to be cheaper, better, and faster!

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  2. Kathy says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for all your tips..I’ve used peroxide for bleach for my white clothes for yrs..like hubby’s socks, works better than any reg bleach..keep the tips coming!

    Reply

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