Natural Stain Treatment Reference Sheet [Printable]

small Wellness Mama Stain Treatment Laundry Guide small Natural Stain Treatment Reference Sheet [Printable]If your house is anything like mine, stains on laundry are a daily fact of life.

When you switch to natural cleaning, you can’t just spray it all with “Shout” and call it a day… so what to do?

Borrowing some wisdom from my grandma’s era, I compiled a helpful list of effective stain treatments for various types of stains. I keep this list handy when I’m doing laundry, and I’ve included a printable version in case it will be helpful to you too.

Here’s an overview:

- Always treat stains from the back, rather than the front, to avoid rubbing the stain in more.

-My Homemade Baby Wipes can be kept in a small Ziplock bag and make a great pre-treat spot remover on the go.

-For Ink or Paint Stains: Soak in rubbing alcohol for 30 minutes or (ink only) spray with hair spray and wash out.

-Tea or Coffee Stains: Immediately pour boiling water over the stain until it is gone, or if it is already set, scrub with a paste of borax and water and wash immediately.

-Grass stains: Scrub with liquid dish soap or treat with a 50/50 Hydrogen Peroxide and water mix

-Mud stains: Let dry and brush off what you can, then scrub with a borax/water paste and wash immediately

-Tomato Based Stains: Treat with white vinegar directly on the stain and wash immediately.

-Dingy Whites or Underarm Deodorant Stains: Soak the stain directly in a mix of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water for 30 minutes and then add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to the wash water.

-Other Food Stains: Treat with a mix of 50/50 Hydrogen Peroxide and water and soak.

-Grease and Oil Stains: Sprinkle the stain with dry baking soda to remove any loose oil or grease and brush off. Then, soak in undiluted white vinegar for 15 minutes, rinse and scrub with liquid dish soap before washing

-Vomit, Urine, Poop, Blood, Egg, Gelatin, Glue or other protein based stains: DO NOT WASH IN WARM WATER!!!!! This will set in the smell. Soak in cool water and then wash with an added mixture of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup baking soda in the washing machine.

Here is a printable version of the infographic above. Click to download.

What’s your best natural stain treating trick? Please share below! My kids could put it to the test….

Reader Comments

  1. Sandy Poster (Postermama) says

    Rust stains on fabric, squeeze lemon or lime juice on stain and sprinkle with salt, lay garment in the sun, and presto! stain gone, works every time. ( In some cases a repeat treatment may be needed.)

  2. beautyandthrift says

    I was just talking to a good friend of mine last night about natural stain removers! She had asked what I used, since I use a homemade laundry detergent, and I told her I didn’t use anything (because I don’t!). But I’m weeks away from having my first child and I know stains are going to become a very regular part of my life. So this was 100% timely and you better believe I directed her to your blog! Now we’ll both have a wonderful resource for natural stain removers.

    And what a great gift it would be for a natural mom-to-be to wrap a cute basket containing all the products on the list and including a laminated sheet of the outline! Thank you so much for this!

  3. Sarah H. says

    Shucks, I really want to download and print your pdf, but for some reason when I click on the link it won’t load, it just shows me a blank screen. :(

    • Andrea Welte says

      I am having that problem, too.  I am new to the home made cleaning stuff, and so would like very much to have this as a reference.  Thanks!

  4. Calibugs123 says

    anyone know how to treat mold stains on clothing (dont ask how they got there because i have no idea!) just washing in the laundry did nothing.

    • Tiffany Wolfe says

      Tea tree oil works wonders on mold. I would add a teaspoon of it to your laundry when the washer is full of water and try that. I use it in my laundry that smells musty or when my son (potty training) has an accident.

  5. Brandi says

    I find that blood stains should be treated immediately with peroxide if at all possible or as soon as possible. even if its just poured on and left to sit without further scrubbing with laundry soap and possibly more peroxide if needed. I feel this tip is more relevant to women for menstrual reasons….gross I know but SO COMPLETELY RELEVANT. lol the quicker blood is treated the better the result of it ALL coming out instead of all but the outside ring or leaving a brown stain behind.

    Also the statement of not ever using Hot water on urine is EXTREMELY important of cat and dog urine! So remember when carpet shampooing!! The heat will bond the proteins in urine to the carpet fibers or fabric & you’ll NEVER get it out completely. Even if you catch it right away and after cleaning can’t smell it yourself rest assured the dog and cat will. just word to the wise.

  6. AimezR says

    Help!! I spilled some of my morning lemon water (that I put coconut oil in) on my car seat. :( I read above that you soak oil stains in white vinegar then scrub with dishsoap before washing. Obviously I can’t throw the car seat in the washer… should I still follow the same process? Rinsing as well as possible?

  7. Linda Grooms says

    I had a bar of lye soap that I picked up at a state park that was demonstrations on soap making, etc. You rubbed a little on the stain and it worked wonders! Wish I had bought more! Making my own soap is on my to-do list.

  8. Tegan says

    Any recommendations on treating wood floors with cat urine stains/odor? I’m concerned the hydrogen peroxide, recommended for laundry, might lighten the wood in the treated area.

  9. LORE SMITH says

    For any fruit stains pour super hot water on it. My niece spilled a lot of Welches Grape juice on my mothers very light carpet. My mom boiled a kettle of water and poured it on the stain. We watched in amazement as the stain disappeared before our eyes!

  10. Sandy Christie Beaton says

    i have a spaghetti meatball stain on my beige carpet double whammy grease and tomato stain how would you recommend getting it out

  11. Aryn Fain says

    I am new to natural laundering, and I seem to have acquired several blotchy commercial fabric softener stains on my (particularly light-colored) clothes… Any advice?

  12. Katelyn says

    I know this sounds kinda gross, but saliva naturally breaks down blood particles/stains. I work in theatre, and actors & crew members often get hurt leaving blood stains on their garments. A fast, free and effective solution without hurting the garment is to use saliva and a soft tooth brush. Works best when stain is fresh, but with a little extra scrubbing, more set in stains can be removed too.

  13. Jackie DuBroy says

    If it is your own blood and you immediate put your own spit on it and rub it will come out. Also, just running it through cold water for a bit helps too. Both of these methods are effect if the blood isn’t dried on yet.

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