Life is messy—especially when you’re five. I’m hoping that someday my sweet daughter will learn to eat neatly but for now, I rely on stain removers to get her clothes clean. I’m delighted to share with you a recipe to make your own stain remover. I love that it’s made from ingredients I already have around. And I’m even more delighted that it works!


  • 2 parts water
  • 1 part hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 part baking or washing soda
  • Opaque container for storage


  1. Peroxide begins to break down when it’s exposed to light, which is why it’s sold in those brown containers. So find an opaque container to store your stain remover in.  I used an old water bottle—the spout works well for applying the liquid to stains. With a spray bottle, the baking soda tends to clog up the nozzle. Another great storage option would be a saline solution bottle.
  2. Peroxide and soda both work well at breaking through stains and can be used on colors or whites.
  3. Mix all your ingredients together and store in your container.
  4. The soda will settle to the bottom of the container so shake it up before each use.



Make Your Own Stain Remover