When your children return to school, they usually return home with clothes full of random stains. Keeping the just purchased back to school wardrobe last through the fall season can sometimes be hard. Here is a great stain remover that you can make at home to make your child’s clothes last and save some money.


  • Dawn Dish Soap (the blue kind)
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Airtight jelly jar or plastic storage container


Step 1: Mix one part Dawn with two parts peroxide in your chosen container.

Step 2: Then add 1–2 tablespoons of baking soda, making a paste. Add more baking soda if too liquidy (yes, that’s a word), or more peroxide if too thick.

How to Apply:

Step 1: Pour generous amount of liquid onto stain. Using a toothbrush or garment brush, rub stain remover into stain. Be sure to do the same to the underside of the garment, where stain may have bled through. It is important to treat both sides of the stain.

Step 2: Let item sit for at least an hour (more for really tough stains), and then wash according to clothing label.

Step 3: Check clothing item to be sure stain is gone before you put it in the dryer. Dried on stains are harder to remove. Repeat process until stain is gone, then dry according to label.

If you have any left, store in an airtight container in a cool dark place. If you have any of your own DIY stain removing solutions, please post a comment or tell us your story.

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