Written by Audrey Swanson. Reviewed by cleaning expert Sean Busch.
We've all had an encounter with wine, pasta sauce, or salsa that's gone awry. One minute you're sipping your favorite merlot, and the next, your go-to white t-shirt is doused in the deep red liquid. Is there anything more frustrating than spilling something that might leave a permanent stain on a clothing item you adore?
It's worse if you have kids, too. Children are basically magnets for stains. Grass, grease, ketchup, markers, lipstick they found in the bottom of a purse, ravioli, smoothies, dirt, grime, and who knows what else sometimes. The list goes on and on for the stains kids create on a daily, almost hourly, basis.
So, if you're anything like us, you need a powerful stain remover that works on just about every type of fabric and can eliminate any type of stain. And, if you're like us, you want to be able to use a potent formula that works well, but doesn't bring harmful chemicals into your home and around your family.
According to our lead chemist, who holds multiple patents, as well as a PhD in chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), enzymes are an efficient mechanism to target and remove stains from fabrics. They’re non-toxic, naturally derived, and completely safe to use around children and pets.
If you want to completely eliminate both new and old, set-in stains, then you’ll want to use a product that contains enzymes, like Puracy Natural Stain Remover. To learn more about the benefits of enzymes, how they work, and which types of stains and odors are best eliminated with which types of enzymes, please read our related post, Enzyme Cleaners 101: How to Quickly Eliminate Odors & Stains.
In the meantime, if you’re in a pinch and you don’t have an enzyme-based stain remover handy, but you need to address a stain right away, then the following DIY recipe will help you tackle stains without the use of harsh chemicals.
Believe it or not, there's a DIY homemade stain remover you can make that's tough on stains but gentle on your skin, health, and the environment. This natural homemade stain remover takes only a minute to whip up with just two household ingredients, and it targets all sorts of difficult messes.
The key ingredient is vinegar. It’s a natural stain fighter that eliminates several types of stains, including coffee, tea, urine, sweat, grass, blood, and more.
What you'll need: Two parts white vinegar and three parts baking soda.
To make: Mix up the vinegar and baking soda in a bowl until it forms a thick paste. You'll want enough to thoroughly douse the affected area of fabric, so make as much of the mixture as you'll need for the size of the stain.
Directions: Cover the stain with the vinegar-baking soda paste, and let it sit for 1 to 2 hours before washing. If the stain is very large or apparent, you may want to gently rub the stain remover paste into the fabric with a soft boar’s hair brush, let it sit for up to 2 hours, and then launder it according to the garment’s fabric care instructions.
Expert Tip: Always take caution before using vinegar to clean any type of stain. Vinegar is acidic, so it will work best to remove alkaline stains like blood. But if you use vinegar on acidic stains like wine, then it could make the stain more acidic and harder to remove. This is yet another reason why we always recommend using a store-bought enzyme-based stain remover, like Puracy Natural Stain Remover, instead of a DIY recipe.
If you’re dealing with a difficult stain and you want to eliminate it entirely, then we strongly recommend that you opt for a store-bought natural stain remover. This will also save you from having to mix up your own batch every time there's a spill or accident that leaves your fabrics blemished.
Powered by all six plant-based enzymes (our closest competitor uses just three), Puracy Natural Stain Remover tackles hundreds of types of stains. While vinegar is an effective cleaner for dozens of stains, it doesn't eliminate nearly as many types of stains as Puracy Natural Stain Remover does. And as we mentioned earlier, vinegar can also make certain types of acidic stains even worse, so you need to be careful before using it.
Our doctor-formulated blend is naturally derived, hypoallergenic, and non-toxic, so it's safe to use on fabrics for the whole family. You can use it on clothing, linens, carpet, cloth diapers, and any other washable fabric. We guarantee it's the most powerful product on the market.
Just spray the stained area and wait 15 minutes for it to soak in before washing the fabric in your washing machine. For tough stains, spray the area, massage it with a soft boar’s hair brush or by gently rubbing the fabric together, then wait at least 8 hours before laundering it using the warmest water the fabric care instructions allow. Select the extra-rinse cycle to allow the stain remover formula, and the stain, to be completely rinsed from the fabric. For fabrics made of wool or linen, do not let the stain remover sit on the surface for more than one hour.
For more detailed instructions, as well as directions on how to remove stains from carpets and non-washable fabrics, check out our related blog post, How to Use Enzyme-Based Cleaners: A Step-by-Step Guide.
Now that you have a tried-and-true method for eliminating stains with Puracy Natural Stain Remover, as well as a DIY stain remover recipe as a solid backup plan, you should be set to handle stubborn marks, spots, or blemishes on all of your household and family fabrics. Although it might be tempting to reach for a DIY recipe all the time, remember that plant-based enzymes are the safest and toughest stain and odor removers. Puracy Natural Stain Remover is a proven blend made of natural minerals and enzymes that will remove hundreds of the most difficult stains from your cherished fabrics quickly, easily, and naturally.