DIY Stain Treater

The following Everyday Savings Tip comes from, Becky:

I haven't purchased a stain “treater” in over 3 years. I LOVE this easy, inexpensive solution to stains, and believe me I see a LOT of stains! I have 5 kids age 11 and under, and my husband is determined to stay a kid forever!

I use approximately 1/3 parts Dawn Dishwashing Liquid to 2/3 Hydrogen Peroxide. That's it. Combine and gently shake to mix. I keep mine in a squeezy ketchup bottle.

I use it to pre-treat stains, to re-treat stubborn stains that make it through more than one treatment, and to treat stains that I didn't see the first time (which is most common, unfortunately).

Hydrogen peroxide is extremely cheap to purchase, and Dawn often goes on sale at Kroger in conjunction with P&G coupons. Sometimes I can get it for free! Plus, I use the Dawn for other uses – normal dishwashing, hand soap, and bathroom cleaner.

I am so intrigued by this!! It's going on things to try right now. Have you used a similar recipe that worked?

Do you have a homemade cleaning recipe?
Share it in Everyday Savings and be entered to win $50 this week!
Read the other great Everyday Savings Tips here.

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on February 19, 2012


  • Cheryle - February 19, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    RE: The stain pre-treat made with dawn & peroxide: Does the peroxide bleach out colors?

    • Terry G. - October 03, 2013 @ 11:38 am

      I’ve used Hydrogen Peroxide on colored laundry items many times without any fading or bleaching. This sounds like a keeper!

  • Monica Brown - February 20, 2012 @ 9:27 am

    My question is the same as Cheryle. I have such a hard time getting my husbands “sweat” stains out of his collars on his work clothes. However, I do not want to use anything that will fade or discolor his work shirts that are not white.

  • kelly - February 20, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    That was mine too, does the hydrogen perioxide ever discolor anything or does the dawn sufficiently dilute it?

Leave a Comment