I love a challenge. And this week I had another challenge thanks to my son. He came to me with one of his sweaters (a sweater with wool in it that needs handwashing by the way).
“Ummm, Mom, do you think you can get this spot out of my sweater? It’s been on here for awhile. And oh yeah, I think it’s wine.”
OK, so let’s take stock of the situation – Hand wash wool sweater + it sat for awhile + he thinks it’s wine.
Sure . . . no problemo! I’ll just wave my magic wand!
But guess what? I whipped up a little batch of my homemade stain remover and it totally worked! Even in spite of the triple threat of wool + old stain + wine.
How To Make Homemade Stain Remover
If you’ve got a stubborn stain lurking about, you may want to give this homemade stain remover a try too. It’s a simple mixture of 1 part Dawn dish soap and 2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide. A good size batch to try for a small stain is 1 teaspoon of Dawn with 2 teaspoons of peroxide.
Just combine the two ingredients in a small bowl. Then spread some of the mixture on your stain. I usually use the back of the spoon I used for mixing the ingredients to spread the mixture around a little bit on the stain.
NOW COMES THE IMPORTANT PART ~ ~ Let everything sit for several hours. Be very patient!
I have had the best success with this stain remover when I let it set on a stain for at least 3 or 4 hours. I let the stain remover sit on the wine stained sweater all afternoon.
After you have been very, very patient, wash the item as usual per the care instructions for that piece of clothing.
I can’t promise this mixture will always work, but it’s worked very well for many on several occasions. And if you’re not going to wear the item anyway because of the stain, why not give it a try? This homemade solution might just save the day!
Homemade Stain Remover
- 1 teaspoon Dawn Dish Soap
- 2 teaspoons 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
- Combine the Dawn dish soap and the hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl.
- Spoon some of the mixture onto your stain. I usually just use the back of my spoon to rub the solution into the material a little bit. You can also use a small brush for this.
- Let the mixture set on the stain for several hours to do its work.
- Then wash the item, following any care instructions that may be needed for the particular piece of clothing you are working on.