December 2, 2008

Stain Removal - Recipe for Success

One tablespoon of classic Dawn liquid – the blue stuff
One cup of hydrogen peroxide

Dab onto stain with a clean cloth or sponge.

This can remove red wine, blood, yellowed stains from sweat and deodorant, grass, even stains that have been laundered and are old.

On Thanksgiving we tried this with an old off-white muslin tablecloth with a blue, tan and berry colored pattern. A glass of Zinfandel spilled over a large portion of the fabric. After trying all the classic remedies (like cancel red wine with white wine) and having little success, I went onto Google and found a few recipes.

The recipe above got the most traffic and comments online, and was the only one that worked. And boy did it work: without even rinsing the red was COMPLETELY gone, the print was not affected; it didn’t bleach the off-white color. It was as though the wine was never spilled.

Online it says you can use this on most any type of stain with success and virtually no damage. I am totally going to try this on all my old frustrating stains and have these ingredients on hand for the next time that I have a spill!

14 comments:

  1. Thank you! I already have a few things in mind that could use this treatment... And it's so simple!

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  2. Yup! I used this LAST year for thanksgiving, on an expensive off-white tablecloth with a fall leaf pattern that had an entire glass of red wine spilled on it. I've since used it for (pardon me) menstrual blood stains. It works perfectly for that too.

    You don't even need to dab - you just can just pour straight from whatever you mixed it in. I guess that uses up more solution, though.

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  3. I use dawn undiluted on salad dressing oil spots on my tops (I never fail to drop what I'm eating on my shirt front),it has removed stains even after they have gone through a dryer session. I learned about it from washing raw sheeps wool in preparation for hand spinning, it is a gentle grease cutter. I keep a huge bottle under the kitchen sink and one of the small bottles on the counter and in the laundry room. I will try it with the peroxide though on tougher stuff.
    Thank you for the recipe!

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  5. Ooooh haven't yet tried on silk. If it does that would be AWESOME!!! :D

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  7. Hi Allie, thanks for the recipe and i have to say that i love your blog. guess what, i'm egyptian so you have an expanding readership! i just would like to make sure that the Dawn liquid is the dish liquid stuff, is it so? I would love to use that recipe on my wedding dress that "drank" a whole glass of RED wine at the end of my wedding SEVEN months ago and i have been hesitant to use anything on it since and wasn't sure even what to use. i've tried a hydrogen peroxide and washing liquid mix once on a white shirt and it worked perfectly after soaking it for a few hours. i hope this works too. my dress was not lace, was some fluffy kind of organza.

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  8. Yep, the classic Dawn dishwashing liquid!

    When I used to do wedding coordination we would use Shout wipes on the fabric - most fabrics like organza, satin, etc. have a bit of synthetic fabric in them which makes them really receptive to classic stain removers. Just try in a hidden place first.

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  9. Yep, the classic Dawn dishwashing liquid!

    When I used to do wedding coordination we would use Shout wipes on the fabric - most fabrics like organza, satin, etc. have a bit of synthetic fabric in them which makes them really receptive to classic stain removers. Just try in a hidden place first.

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  10. I can't wait to try this- thanks for the tip!

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  11. What perfect time for me to find your blog!!!! I spilled on myself just last night! Hope this works!!!

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  12. Allie do you know if this would work on sample sale items that have sample written on them?

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  13. What is DAWN? Is it liquid detergent, dishwashing liquid, fabric conditioner? I haven't come across it here so I'm hoping to find an equivalent as I have A LOT of old stains to remove! Haha!

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  14. It is liquid dish washing liquid :)

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