No Fail DIY Stain Remover

No Fail DIY Stain Remover

Zapping Berry Stains from Clothes

– Hacked by Sarah R. –

Here's what you need:

  • Dawn Dish Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Spray Bottle (optional)

I’ve stumbled across many cleaning tips & tricks on Pinterest and have pinned a bunch of them, but only tried a few. One that I’ve tried and succeeded with over and over again is a simple stain remover. It’s so good that I refuse to buy Tide pens or any other stain remover on the market because they just don’t work as well as this, and these are items I always have on hand anyway.

My husband is notorious for getting food on himself whenever we go out to eat. I really wish he would wear a bib sometimes! Whenever it happens and someone with us suggests he uses a Tide pen, I say, "Don't worry, I've got this. My secret stain remover will do the trick!" No need to treat it the minute it happens and leave him with a huge wet spot on top of the already embarrassing stain.

In this trial of my favorite stain removing solution, I used a stained onesie with berries on it. Stains are inevitable on baby clothes, and I’m so glad to be able to save clothes from the worst of stains. I’m sure berries would have been nearly impossible to remove without this solution.

Give it a try, and I’m sure you will be storing these items in your laundry room from now on!

Step 1: Lay out the stained laundry

Step 2: Drop or spray some hydrogen peroxide onto the stain until it’s completely covered. I use a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide to make this a bit easier, but either way works.

Step 3: Add a dab of Dawn dish soap to the stain

Step 4: Rub it in and let it sit for a little while before tossing in the laundry. I usually let it sit for about an hour.

Step 5: Launder as normal

As a note, I always check the stain to make sure it’s gone before putting the laundry in the dryer. It can be tough to remove a stain once it has gone through the dryer, so I just play it safe. I’ve NEVER found the stain to still be an issue at the junction between washing machine and dryer (we’re talking red wine stains on white table cloths GONE!), but if for some reason it doesn’t work as predicted, I would just do the treatment again and wash again before drying.


Sarah is a stay at home mom to one baby girl. She teaches piano and runs a photography business out of her home, and does much of her work and occasional blogging whenever the baby decides to sleep! 🙂 Enthusiast of babywearing, green living, all things organic, and vegetarianism – read more about her on her