The Best DIY Stain Removers

It happens to the best of us. A bit of red wine drips on your new couch. Somehow the hors d’oeuvres always end up on your white lace blouse or maybe mystery stains seem to pop up constantly. I’ve been there, sister. Below are a few of my favorite and most effective DIY stain removers.


On a fine Saturday night a few weeks ago, I was sipping a lovely glass of cabernet as my husband and I sat down to watch one of my favorite movies, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. My puppy, Bartlett, apparently wanted in on the action and decided to jump into my lap just as I was about to put the glass to my lips. Needless to say, wine got all over the back of our couch. I’m not completely sure what the fabric of our couch is, but I’m going to go with some kind of cotton blend. Here’s what got the wine out:

– Hit the stain right away with warm, soapy water and scrubbed with a rag.

– With a different rag, we scrubbed the stain with a bit of white vinegar.

Stain, gone!



Have you ever looked at the collar or armpits of an older white shirt and thought to yourself, “I didn’t think I sweat that much!” It happens. In order to avoid the purchase of another just yet, try this stain remover! I’ve had great success with this concoction.

– 2 tablespoons baking soda

– 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide

– 4 pumps of Method dish soap

Mix together and scrub the stain in a circular motion, using a toothbrush.

Sweat stains, be gone!



If you live in one of the gigantic apartment complexes (my husband and I did for several years), you probably have some form of off white carpeting. While it is cheap, it is also a magnet for stains of all shapes and shades. Here’s a simple way to spot clean anything and everything that hits the floor.

– Sprinkle the stain with baking soda.

– Wait about ten minutes.

– Vacuum up the baking soda.

– Mix 1 tablespoon dish soap (I like Method dish soap), 1 tablespoon white vinegar, and two cups warm water.

– Sponge onto the stain and scrub until the stain disappears!


Good luck on all of your stain removal endeavors!