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Steal these 15 DIY stain removal hacks for cleaner clothes and living spaces! There’s no need to tolerate pesky stains!

1. Dish Soap Removes Most Clothing Grease Stains

You heard that right! Dish soap can be the perfect catalyst for removing grease stains from your favorite clothing.

Apply dish soap directly to the stained area. Rub it in using just your fingers. Then, let it sit for a few minutes before you wash the dish soap off.

An inexpensive, readily available brand like Dawn or/or any petroleum-based dish detergent will do the trick. (See also Baby Powder, below. Use both these stain removal hacks to efficiently, yet gently, remove even tough grease stains from clothing.)

2. Hydrogen Peroxide & Baking Soda for Grass Stains

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So the kids just ran into the house with grass stains on their new shirts? No problem, hydrogen peroxide can usually erase the problem.

Make a paste out of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and a little bit of water.

Spray this formula onto the grass stains. Let the formula sit for 10 minutes, and then wash it off. As with most stain removal hacks, act as soon as possible to remove stains – in other words, that night and not a week later – for best results.

3. Orange Peels Clean Metal Fixtures

Water stains make metal faucets and faucet handles look untidy, if not downright dirty!

Here’s a spring cleaning tip: Before tossing out those orange peels, rub them against your metal fixtures, where the oils will polish the metal.

You can do this routinely about once a week, and you’ll be shocked at the results!

4. Non-Gel Toothpaste Removes Permanent Marker Stains

Permanent marker stains are no longer a hassle, it turns out. For this dastardly task, toothpaste is our favorite hack – sometimes in combination with baking soda.

Whether it’s your pillows, tables, or walls, here’s the game plan for removing “permanent” marker stains.

Start by applying the toothpaste to the wall and let it sit there for 10 minutes.

After that, scrub the toothpaste in a circular motion. Lastly, use a wet cloth to remove the toothpaste.

Arm & Hammer baking soda toothpaste is one well-known non-gel toothpaste, readily available on store shelves.

5. Lemon Juice Blasts Stains!


Lemon juice can be another great stain removal hack on your different clothing, thanks to how the citric acid penetrates the stains.

It’s easy! Take a fresh lemon, cut it in half, and squeeze the lemon juice onto the stained area.

After it dries, rinse the area again and let it dry.

6. Lemon & Sunshine for White Cutting Boards

While we’re on the lemon juice train, we can’t forget about how well it performs with the sun.

If your white cutting board has unwanted brown stains, you can remedy this with a squeeze of lemon juice on it.

Next, place the cutting board in the sun (while the lemon juice is on it) and let the magic happen. As a cleaning agent, the lemon juice will be able to reach the under-the-surface stains that your regular dish soap can’t.

7. Use Nylon Tights to Get Rid of Deodorant Stains

Deodorant stains can become a thing of the past when you rub nylon material against them.

Do this for any shirts containing deodorant stains, then put them in the washing machine to clean the stained area deeper.

This combination can help your shirts look good as new. 

8. Remove Blood Stains Using Cola

Before looking for your container of vinegar to treat a bloodstain, a bubbly cola can actually do the trick.

Cola has phosphoric acid, which aids in the removal of blood stains on clothing or even your coaches.

You can apply the cola and let it sit until it dries. Ironically, there could be a cola stain leftover, which is very easy to clean by putting it in the washing machine.

9. Cooking Spray Efficiently Removes Soap Scum!

Soap scum is a mixture of oils from your body, soap talc, and water, leaving unwanted stains in your bathroom!

Luckily, cooking spray can do more than just stop food from sticking.

Here’s how it works:

You can apply cooking spray to soap scum on your glass doors or walls and watch the residue slowly disappear. Then, wait about 5 minutes and clean the sprayed areas with a dry paper towel or clean, dry cloth.

10. Baby Powder Rescues Fabrics From Oily Stains

Baby powder can act as a powerful emulsifier for oily stains. This is one of our favorite stain removal hacks.

Pour baby powder liberally on the stained area and let it sit awhile. I let it sit overnight, depending on the fabric, to let it absorb the oils — though others say you can get it done in about 30 minutes.

Once you can see that powder has stuck firmly onto the oily patch, brush away the baby powder with a toothbrush. Please do this process before laundering. Fabric stains can become permanent fixtures once you run them through a hot dryer — sending some of your most favorite things to the landfills, doomed to become textile waste. That can be painful!

11. Vodka for Mold and Mildew

Adding vodka to a spray bottle can help combat mold and mildew build-up in your bathroom. It’s a simple solution that can help your bathroom look drastically different.

After spraying the vodka, let it sit for 10 minutes, then wipe the area(s) with a cloth or sponge.

12. The Pet Stains Combo: Vinegar, Baking Soda, & Vacuums

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Our pets are so lovable…but what isn’t so lovable is the stains they sometimes leave behind, and the smells that emanate from those stains.

Sometimes pet stains aren’t even obvious to the naked eye. We recommend you use a black light to find them (a hack we mentioned in our pet odors article.)

When it comes to carpet stains made by pets, nothing beats them like a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Use a spray bottle to apply the mixture to the general area and let it dry. After that, vacuum the area. If the color has been compromised, vacuuming will help refresh, and sometimes completely restore, it!

13. Rubbing Alcohol for Microfiber Furniture Cleaning

Rubbing alcohol is another one of those simple yet effective stain removal hacks you can apply to your microfiber cleaning arsenal and yield big results.

Use a scrubbing brush to very gently massage the problem area on your couch after spraying rubbing alcohol.

14. Glass Bakeware Sparkles With Baking Soda and Dish Soap

All those delicious meals made using your favorite glass bakeware can take their toll on its quality over time.

A simple fix?

Rather than relying on dish soap alone, add baking soda to the cleaning process.

Here’s how the process works:

  1. Add a light layer of baking soda on your glass bakeware
  2. Squeeze some dish soap on top of the baking soda
  3. Add hot water
  4. Let it sit for 15 minutes
  5. Rinse everything off, or you can scrub the solution and then rinse everything off for a better shine.

15. Hydrogen Peroxide and Dish Soap for Armpit Stains

A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and gel-based dish soap is a fantastic combination for armpit stains on your shirts.

Take 1 part dish soap (for example, Dawn or Palmolive) and mix it with 2 parts of hydrogen peroxide.

Apply the solution to the armpit stains, and be sure to scrub it in. Next, rinse off and let dry. Voila! No more stains.

Have Cleaning Needs? Hire the Right Professionals!

Homes can have a lot going on in them, and all your stains are probably not even visible to the casual eye. But they are there, taking a toll on your asset. If you’re the type who wants to keep your home thoroughly clean, hiring a cleaning team like Park Avenue Cleaning can be the answer.

Besides doing the work once or twice a week, we will teach you lots of in-between cleaning hacks, and save you hours of time on your own cleaning chores.

Park Avenue Cleaning is a cleaning service in the Columbia-to-Baltimore, Maryland area, helping residents refine their living spaces.

If you’re in the Greater Baltimore area, you can book a service here or give us a call! We would love to get started on whatever you need done first: 877-546-9837.