DIY Stain Removers and What Works

I've seen so many different posts about homemade stain removers. There are so many recipes out there that it is hard to know which ones actually work and which one works best. So I decided to do a blot test. I took an old white cotton shirt and although I could not get to every single recipe out there I did choose 10 different recipes that I came across first. I took the shirt and made 10 coffee stain blotches.

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I am going to apply each recipe to a different stain in hopes of finding out which diy stain remover actually works. Not sure if this makes a difference but, for the recipes with the Dish soap, I used the Dawn Ultra because that's what I normally have on hand. So starting at the top from right to left.

1. For the first stain I applied a recipe posted by OneDayAtATime

Dawn (Blue)

VinegarApparently this stain remover is good for getting out grass stains. Let's see how it works for coffee.

2. For stain number 2, I applied a recipe I found on that is suppose to be a solution to grease stains. I wonder how well it will work for coffee? I created a paste of;

Dawn (Blue)

cold waterand blotted onto the coffee stain.

3. According the the krazy coupon lady, her secret to getting out stains is in a mixture made out of


baking soda

dish soap(blue dawn)Let's see how well this homemade stain remover works on coffee stains.

4. This stain remover is simple and one that I have been currently using for several months now. For the most part it works quite well but I am always looking for alternatives. Let's see how well it works on the coffee stain.

Fels Naptha SoapWet the end of the Fels Naptha Soap and rub onto the stain. Wash as usual.

5. This next stain remover recipe is one that I have used on carpet stains. I figured if it can work on those tough stains then why not clothing stains? It seems logical. Let's find out about coffee. Make a paste with equal parts of;

vinegar & baking soda. Apply to stain and gently blot in with a cloth or soft toothbrush and let sit for about 15 minutes before washing as usual.

6. According to Living, Plain White Vinegar soaked into coffee stains, rinsed and repeated as necessary,should work. I applied it once and let it sit before rinsing off.

7. I took the cold water and dawn recipe and added hydrogen peroxide to see what happened.

Cold water

hydrogen peroxide

Dawn(blue)Blot on stain gently brush with toothbrush, no scrubbing or stain could spread

Let sit for about 15 minutes and blot with clean wet cloth

8. The next recipe is from one of my favorite ladies, Jillee from who makes a homemade shout recipe out of



baking soda


Now to put it to the test on the coffee stain.

9. This is a general recipe for removing most stains on whites as well as most colors. I don't know where this came from. I may have put it together myself who knows but, I mixed equal parts of

Hydrogen peroxide

Dawn (Blue)

Vinegarto make a paste and applied to the coffee stain.

10. Here's a recipe for homemade oxyclean. You can make this recipe to pre-treat stains or add to a load of laundry and wash as usual.

hydrogen peroxide


washing sodaAnd now for the final results.

As you can sort of tell almost all of the homemade stain removers worked pretty well. However there we're a few noticeable spots mostly to the right. Although it's hard to pin point which ones those we're in the photo I have narrowed it down from the naked eye view.

The stain removers that worked the best and their ingredients

1. Blue Dawn, Cold water, WhiteVinegar.

2. Blue Dawn, Cold Water

3. Blue Dawn, Cold Water,Baking Soda


5. Baking Soda, White Vinegar

6. White Vinegar


8.Blue Dawn, Cold Water,Baking Soda, Ammonia

9. Blue Dawn, White Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide


Either Blue Dawn, White Vinegar or both together seem to be the common ingredients in the stain removers that worked well/

Now for the stain removers that did not work as well on the coffee stains.

4. The Fels Naptha Soap

7. Blue Dawn, Cold Water, Hydrogen Peroxide

10. Cold Water, Hydrogen Peroxide, Washing Soda

Hmmm my Fels Naptha Soap didn't work so well on the coffee stain. It seems in #7 the Blue dawn did not work as well as it did in previous recipes. Both 7 and 10 contained hydrogen peroxide.

I have come to the conclusion that the Blue Dawn (ultra) and White Vinegar is probably all you need to make up a good stain remover for pre treating Stains. So #1 from One Day At A Time has my vote. This will be my new DIY stain remover.

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Posted in Other Home Post Date 07/09/2023






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