DIY: Make your own stain remover!


My BF is a magnet for stains.  Food, drink, oil, you name it.  Whatever he has in his hands, will undoubtedly end up on his shirt. And he is a clean freak, so when we’re eating out at a restaurant and he drops something on his shirt, he actually gets mad.  He tries to clean it at the table with his napkin, which I tell him will only make it worse, and then he gets even madder when, well, it makes it worse.  (who knew?) And if by some chance he’s almost done eating, he applauds himself for not spilling anything on his shirt.  But he applauds himself all too soon, because that last bite always gets him. There it goes, right down the front of his shirt.

He runs to the restroom and tries to clean the stain in there with soap and paper towels, and comes back with an even bigger wet spot on the front of his shirt, which, well, almost sends him over the edge.  For the rest of the time he has that big ol’ spot on his shirt, that’s all I hear about.

So needless to say, we go through a lot of stain remover in this house.  And store bought stain remover is not cheap!  So I did a little research and came up with this recipe on how to make your own stain remover.  And guess what, it actually works.

You will need:

  • 2/3 Cup Dawn Dishwashing liquid (other brands will probably work, like Palmolive)
  • 2/3 Cup Ammonia
  • 6 Tablespoons Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups warm water
  • Spray container (I buy mine at Walmart for like 98¢)


Just mix it up (gently, or you will have a lot of suds) and pour it into your spray container.  You may need a funnel for this.  Be careful, because ammonia can be nasty! Try not to breath it in.

So here’s one of his stained up shirts.   I think buttered popcorn may be one of the culprits.


Then, just spray the stains.  But, before you spray, give the spray container a gentle little back-and-forth shake, because you’ll probably see the baking soda sitting on the bottom.  You want that in your mixture.


Wash like normal.  You don’t have to soak or pre-wash or any of that.  Just throw it in with your next load of laundry.

And there you have it!  Stains gone.

Now if I could just figure out how to get this in a little to-go container 😀



    1. Yes, absolutely! I did this with my BF’s old stained up shirts he had in his closet, and the stains all came out!

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