If only we all had an abundance of energy equal to the abundance of household cleaning products in the detergent aisle at the grocery store. While there is no shortage of various household cleaners that claim to remove stains, cut grease, and kill mold and mildew better than the rest, you can recreate the same powers with easy to make homemade stain removers. With some inexpensive, ordinary household items, you can make a variety of stain removers to use on fabric and upholstery, carpet, tile, porcelain, and more. Whether you’d just like to save money on cleaning products or you happen to run out of name brand cleaner, these basic ingredients will take care of many problem stains. You can make stain removers with varying combinations of the following ingredients:
There are numerous recipes for homemade stain removers and cleaners. The recommended measurements vary from source to source, and some experimenting may be required to discover what works best for you. Borax is one of the most useful product ingredients and has several different options and directions for use in laundry on the box. One teaspoon of borax mixed with a teaspoon each of white vinegar and lemon juice will make a homemade stain remover that effectively removes ink and many food stains from most color-safe fabrics.
Baking soda mixed with water to form a paste makes an excellent homemade stain remover for perspiration stains on clothing. A saltwater mixture is also an effective pre-soak for heavily soiled clothes. Another version of homemade stain removers that can be effective as a spot remover for delicate fabrics is three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide mixed with one tablespoon of ammonia. This mixture should not be made in any larger quantity and should be discarded after use.
Mixing chlorine bleach with water will yield a homemade stain remover that is safe for non-porous surfaces such as enamel. Use one tablespoon of chlorine bleach per cup of water. You can mix it in a clean spray bottle and keep it stored for several weeks. Remember never to mix chlorine bleach and ammonia and always to work in a well-ventilated area when using ammonia or bleach.
If you prefer to eliminate chemicals from your cleaners, try straight club soda or a lemon juice and water mixture for fabrics. Vinegar and water cleans glass surfaces well, and the addition of a drop or two of liquid dish soap will make a hard surface cleaner. Experiment with different mixtures for different cleaning purposes and you may find that you prefer homemade stain removers for their effectiveness and cost savings.