In my house, even when we used to use commercial detergents, stains are a fact of life. I’ll likely never be able to give away hand me downs because by the time clothes have made it through my kids, they either have holes or stains that can’t be fixed.
Of all the stain removers out there, OxiClean is the most natural option that I’ve found… but it is also one of the most expensive.
Thanks to Pinterest, I found a recipe for homemade OxiClean stain remover, and from my scientific testing (aka: my kids stains for two weeks) it seems to be as effective as the store bought stuff.
It’s also really easy and inexpensive to make! Please note that this is best made fresh and not stored. I keep the ingredients in my laundry area and mix small batches to use as needed.
Homemade OxyClean Recipe
- 2 parts water
- 1 part hydrogen peroxide
- 1 part washing soda
- Combine all ingredients as needed to use them. I don’t recomend storing this mixture as it loses effectiveness.
- Use as a pre-treat spray on stains or add the entire mixture to a load of laundry, add water and let soak for 30 minutes before washing.
I use 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tablespoon washing soda. This is a liquid recipe and also reminds me somewhat of Shout spray.
A Better Alternative
I recently found Branch Basics, an amazing natural cleaner that is safe for even chemically sensitive people and that gets stains out of clothes, dirt out of grout lines, cleans an oven like magic and is safe to use on skin. In fact, it is tear free and I’ve been using it for baby shampoo! I’m addicted. You can find out more here.
Also, check out this recipe for homemade laundry detergent if you want to go complete DIY with your laundry.
What’s the weirdest stain you’ve ever had to get out? Ever made your own laundry supplies before? Share below!