• Andrea McMurtry

Homemade Laundry Stain Remover

Updated: Nov 30, 2017


  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ¼ cup Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap

  • ¼ cup liquid vegetable glycerin

  • 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil

  • Glass spray bottle OR plastic spray/squeeze bottle


  1. Mix all ingredients together.

I highly suggest including the essential oil in this recipe, so if you do use it, you may wish to store the mixture in a glass container since lemon oil may disintegrate the plastic. If you omit the essential oil, it can then be stored in a re-purposed plastic bottle with a lid that allows you to squirt it out.

To use, shake well and apply liberally to spots and stains. Lightly rub the mixture into the fabric with your fingertips.

As with most spot removers, this one works best if you treat the spot immediately and allow it to soak before tossing it into the washing machine. Sometimes I’ll even allow the item to soak overnight before washing it.

I haven’t had as good results if the stain has already been washed first– but you can still give it a try.

I haven’t had any issues with this mixture discoloring clothing, but if you are concerned about that, I would definitely test it first in an inconspicuous area.

References: http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/03/diy-laundry-spot-remover.html


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