Last week, I shared with you guys our secret to awesome homemade laundry detergent. And today, it’s time to share the other half of our laundry powerhouse— stain remover!
Even though we had much success with detergent, for some reason, for the longest time, we still used chemical-packed, store-bought stain remover on our laundry. I guess it just never really occurred to me that we could change over that product to a homemade version, too! But now that we’re a family of three, and our stains are a little more….intense, we’re using a lot more stain remover spray, and I figured it was time to figure out a recipe for that, too.
It took a few tries, but I finally landed on a spray that seems to work just as well as the store-bought stuff! It’s worked wonderfully on all kinds of stains—grass, blood, food, and some not-so-pleasant baby-created stains. In fact, I like this stuff so much that I have a small bottle of it stashed in the diaper bag for treating stains on the go.
Like most stain sprays, this definitely works the best if you can treat the stain as close to when it happens as possible, and if you let it soak in for a bit before washing. Also, I’ve never had any issues with this discoloring any of my clothes, but you should test an inconspicuous spot before using it on your absolute favorite shirt. Here’s how you make it:
What You’ll Need
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup unscented liquid castile soap (we use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Soap for almost everything in our house)
- 1/4 cup liquid vegetable glycerin
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- Glass spray bottle (this makes enough to fill up an 8 ounce bottle)
- Printable label PDF
- Label sheet, printer scissors
How to Make It
Mix together the water, castile soap, vegetable glycerin and essential oil. Pour into a glass spray bottle. The lemon essential oil tends to eat away at plastic, so try to store in glass if possible. Cut out your preferred label and stick to the bottle. This label is sized to fit on this bottle—feel free to size up or down based on your bottle.
To use, spray liberally on the stain, rub in a bit with your fingers and let sit or soak before washing. If it’s a really tough stain, try letting it soak overnight (and maybe applying the spray a few times).
Why It Works
The castile soap is the superstar of this recipe—it’s a strong soap that eats away at stains. The vegetable glycerin thickens the mixture and helps the soap to “stick” to the stain. And lemon is a natural anti-bacterial and an all-natural stain fighter—it breaks down oils and other tough-to-fight stains.