Homemade Natural Stain Remover

A few days ago I got all ready to attend a meeting, put on a lovely white shirt and jacket, hopped in the car, and stopped at a local fast-food place for coffee and a to-go sandwich.  Before I realized it, I’d spilled coffee all down the front of my lovely white cotton tee-shirt.  The best I could do in the moment was drizzle water over the spill, some of my structured water that I’d put in my water bottle.  That took out 90% of the stain within a few minutes, but still there was a residual shadow there that I could see because I knew where to look for the coffee stain.

And then just nowIMG_5124, pulling my dry clothes out of the dryer, I noticed I’d missed stain-removing a stain on my beautiful white linen shirt!  So we have a dryer-set-in stain right down the front of the shirt.

The recipe I just put together and am now trying out, after finding it online here:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap — I used Dr. Bronner’s HempIMG_5125
  • 1/4 cup liquid vegetable glycerine
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 10-15 drops lemon essential oil
treating the coffee stain with the homemade stain remover recipe

coffee stain in the middle of the shirt; I treated right after it happened with structured water, and a lot of the stain came out right away

Following the directions, I mixed it all up and put it in one of my empty spray bottles, then sprayed it on the stain.  I’ll let it sit there for 30 minutes while my current load of laundry is washing.  I may go back now and then to “rub it in” into the stains on both shirts (but truthfully I won’t try too hard).  I’ve taken pictures of the stains with the homemade stain remover sprayed on after about five minutes.  Once they’re washed  I’ll add the results & post “after” pictures.


set-in stain…discovered the stain as I was taking it out of the dryer…



About Susan Bame

Writer, Mediator, Facilitator, Teacher, fascinated with indigenous forms of conflict resolution. I love watching people become empowered. I have a master's degree in conflict resolution and a personal interest in organic food, detoxing and healing the body, alternative holistic approaches to health, self-empowerment and win-win solutions through mediation, Structured Water™, and energetic healing. I lived on the Omaha Reservation in northeast Nebraska for ten years, worked with Native families in the area, and have a great interest in Native history, culture, practices, traditions, stories, and current affairs. View all posts by Susan Bame

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