Today I wanted to share my natural stain remover tips. But first, I’ve got a confession to make… For the longest time, I couldn’t not have a bottle of stain remover in my kitchen cupboard. You know the one that comes in the pink bottle. It was a habit I could not kick – two kids will do that to you!
When my last bottle ran out I vowed to look into natural stain remover methods, and lo and behold, a lot of them work just as well, if not better than their chemical-ridden counterparts.
I use a good quality eco-friendly laundry detergent (see my guide to the best eco-friendly cleaning products) but sometimes you just need a little something extra to shift extra stubborn stains.
Here are my natural stain remover tips for a cleaner greener wash. As with any stain remover, before trying out the natural stain remover tips I’d recommend spot testing in an inconspicuous area just in case.
Natural Stain Remover Tips
Milk is great at removing biro. Simply soak your stained item of clothing in a little milk for around 3 hours, then wash as normal.
You can either pre-soak your item of clothing in heavily salted cold water or soak it in a mixture of 1 litre hot water and a quarter cup of soda crystals, then wash as normal. Either option, depending on what you have to hand should remove the most stubborn bloodstain.
Got some candle wax on your best table cloth? Try placing brown paper on top of the waxy stain and iron the paper with a warm iron. This should draw the melted wax out of the fabric.
Put the offending item of clothing in your freezer for a few hours. The gum should then be quite hard and brittle, allowing you to scrape the gum off easily with a knife.
Create a paste of bicarbonate of soda or soda crystals and equal parts water to spread over the stain. Then leave the paste on for 30 minutes and then wash in your usual laundry detergent.
Similar to chewing gum, freeze the item of clothing for a few hours to harden the crayon. Once frozen you can then scrape off the excess with a knife. You can then place the stained area of clothing between two clean paper towels, and press with a warm iron. This should transfer the wax onto the paper towels. Depending on how bad the stain is you may need to do this a few times. Then wash with your regular detergent and a large spoon of soda crystals in the drum to help shift the residue.
Although not strictly a stain, half a cup of lemon juice in with your usual detergent should help keep whites bright.
Remove the crusts from a slice of white bread and roll the bread into a ball (trust me on this!). Then use the ball of bread to blot the lipstick stain, which should lift the lipstick from the clothes, and then wash as normal. Apparently, white play-doh also works for removing lipstick stains but I haven’t tested that particular method!
Pre-soak muddy clothes in a bucket of warm water with a quarter cup of bicarbonate of soda or soda crystals for three hours. Then wash your item of clothing as normal. Don’t be tempted to leave muddy clothes sitting – it works best if you soak straight away.
Yellow perspiration marks can easily be removed by soaking your clothing in white vinegar, rinsing in water, and then washing as normal.
Make a paste using bicarbonate of soda and equal parts water and apply to the stain. Leave for a few hours, then rinse under the tap and then wash. Sparkling or soda water will also help remove a red wine stain if the bicarbonate of soda doesn’t cut the mustard.
Tea & Coffee
Mix one cup of soda crystals into a pint of hot water, and pre-soak your clothes for an hour before washing as normal to effortlessly remove tea and coffee stains.
Any natural stain remover tips I’ve missed? Do share your favourites in the comments below!
ps: I also have a ton of other laundry tips that you might find useful. Firstly, how to make your own fabric conditioner. Secondly, this is a good one to legitimise laziness – how often should you wash your clothes. I also have guides on how to dry clean at home, and how to wash striped clothing. And lastly, my guide to how to wash wool. I’m all about the laundry!