7 Powerful Stain Removers Already in Your Home

Sometimes, no matter how quickly you pre-treat a stain, it leaves a permanent reminder of messy spaghetti or chocolate fingerprints. These powerful stain removers are probably already sitting in your kitchen or garage and work better than expensive cleaners.

Powerful Stain Removers Already in Your Home

7 Powerful Stain Removers Already in Your Home

Waterless Hand Cleaner – It is a great go-to stain remover that tackles just about any type of mess. You might have this in your garage or have seen tubs of it at your mechanic’s. You can find it at hardware stores or the automotive department in your grocery store. Chocolate, spaghetti sauce and even mustard are no match. Dab away excess offending stain and use a soft bristled toothbrush, or your fingers in a pinch, to apply the waterless hand cleaner and brush away the stain. Rinse in cold water.

Pantyhose – Those pesky deodorant marks that leave a telling track across your tops are a pain. Erase them away with a pair of pantyhose. Simply rub it over the marks and watch them disappear.

Distilled White Vinegar – An equal part solution of distilled white vinegar and water will combat deodorant buildup. Mix the water and soak the soiled armpit area in the mix before scrubbing with a soft bristled toothbrush. Toss the garment in the laundry and wash as normal. The vinegar is also great for freshening towels. Add a cup to your laundry and it will help remove buildup.

Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide, Water – This equal part mixture can be made in batches and filled into a spray bottle to keep handy. (Just make sure the container is dark. Once peroxide hits the light and air, it quickly loses cleaning ability.) One could equate this mix to homemade OxiClean. This magic elixir will fight many stains including blood.

Lemon Juice – This stain fighter straight from nature works best for removing berry stains, olive oil, grease, soy sauce and wine. Dip a little in salt and rub onto copper pots, your cutting board or ink marks to fight discoloration.

Sun – Place any light or white colored fabric, be it tops, bottoms or tablecloths, in the sun while it is still wet and it will naturally brighten item.

Baking Soda – This can be used with many stains. Simply rubbing on ceramic will brighten it and clean tea or coffee stains from cups. Tossing handfuls in your laundry and litter box can work wonders too. To combat carpet stains, sprinkle some over the stained area. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then vacuum. Next, mix 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap with 1 tablespoon vinegar and 2 cups water. Dab mixture on spot and blot away.

Do you have any tricks to getting tough stains out? Share your secrets!

About Catherine

Catherine is a self-proclaimed "organization junkie" living in Los Angeles. She blogs about family, entertainment, food and anything else that pops into her mind.


  1. I hadn’t heard the one about pantyhose before! I hate those deodorant stains!

  2. I hate when I get deodorant on my shirt putting it on – I have never heard of the pantyhose trick! Love it! I’ll give it a try next time.

  3. Keikilani says

    I love baking soda and vinegar for all kinds of things in my house! I don’t have to worry using these kinds of cleaners.

  4. Amy Desrosiers says

    I am super excited to try the lemon and salt trick!! Thanks fr these awesome cleaning tips!

  5. What brilliant ideas! I had no idea about the pantyhose! But I have to try the one for grease. I have a stain on a dress that is left ironically from the liquid laundry detergent spilling on my dress. How annoying is that? I haven’t been able to get it out any other way, so I’m desperate and am going to try a few of these.

  6. Love the pantyhose trick! That reminds me that I need to buy some for that reason lol :)

  7. I had never heard of the pantyhose trick before. I am going to use that one asap!

  8. I use the sun alot also especially for cloth diapers – bleaches them out naturally!

  9. So pinning this!!! I needed to hear some of these tips!

  10. Natural cleaners are so cost effective. I like being able to open the cupboard & grab baking soda to help with most of my cleaning needs.

  11. pantyhose? really? they have a purpose!! and meaning!! yeah!!

  12. Good to know! I knew a few of these, but definitely not all!

  13. Pantyhose … the sun … no way! I had no idea, I really need to start doing these more, look at all the great ways!

  14. I definitely have a lot of pesky stains, I could definitely use this.

  15. This is great to know. My husband and son always manage to stain their clothes.

  16. I knew these items help with stain removing, but didn’t know how to use. Thanks for the list and instructions.

  17. Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom says

    Great tips.. I use vinegar a LOT.. from cleaning to home remedies, a lifesaver and Baking Soda is really good to cleanse your hair.. clean the sink and many more things.. thanks for sharing your tips, some are totally new and will have to try them

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