HOW TO MAKE MY ULTIMATE DIY STAIN REMOVER SPRAY
Article and Images by One Good Thing by Jillee
A few years ago, I got an oily stain on my recently purchased coral pants. I was devastated, thinking that there was no way I’d be able to get that greasy stain out!
Luckily, my despair turned out to be unfounded, and I was able to get that stain out with relative ease thanks to a tag-team treatment of Dawn dish soap and hydrogen peroxide. But what makes this particular combination so effective?
Getting Oily Stains Out Of Dark Clothing
- Dawn dish soap and other detergents are considered surfactants, which emulsify oil and water. Applying Dawn to an oily stain allows the oil and water to mix in the wash, which helps dissolve the stain.
- On the other hand, hydrogen peroxide is considered an oxidizing ingredient. The oxidation process changes the chemical structure of a molecule, which includes its color. This reaction breaks down colored stains in the wash (though it doesn’t work as well in lower temperatures). The combination of hydrogen peroxide and Dawn soap works to dissolve all sorts of colorful and greasy laundry stains!
I’ve been using this DIY stain remover duo for years now to remove stains on both white and colored clothing. These days I always keep a bottle of Dawn and a bottle of peroxide in my laundry room cupboard, so I’m always ready to tackle a stain. But it recently occurred to me that I could save myself some space by mixing up a ready-made stain remover spray. It works wonderfully, as you’ll see in the photos below, and it’s even more convenient than ever.
Jillee’s Ultimate DIY Stain Remover Spray
1 part Dawn dishwashing liquid
2 parts hydrogen peroxide (3%)
Add the Dawn and the peroxide to a measuring cup and stir to mix. Pour the mixture into to a dark colored spray bottle, and store in a dark place. (Hydrogen peroxide will decompose back to water & oxygen if it is exposed to too much light.)
Using The Stain Remover Spray
Using this spray couldn’t be simpler! First, apply the spray to the stain, making sure that the stain gets completely saturated. I usually use my fingers to work it into the fibers a bit, too. (On colored clothing items, you may want to apply a small amount in a hidden area to test the colorfastness of the fabric. I’ve used it successfully on dark clothing without any discoloration issues, but not all fabrics and dyes will react the same.) Launder the item in warm water. For stubborn stains, you may want to sprinkle a bit of baking soda onto the stain, in addition to the spray, for added scrubbing power!
You can also use a small scrub brush or an old toothbrush to really work the soap and peroxide into the fibers.To demonstrate just how effective this stain remover is, we purposely soiled a t-shirt with several common stains. Then I applied the spray to the stains, and used a small brush to work the spray into the stains.I tossed it into the wash on a regular cycle, and when I took it out, I couldn’t find a single trace of the original stains. Take a look at this “before-and-after.”I think those are the kind of results that speak for themselves! 🙂