Laundry Stain-be-gone (safe for Vintage and Fine Fabrics)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

A while back I saw a program where a textile conservator discussed taking the stains that come from age, along with tough stains out of any fabric. Sure she demonstrated it and it worked incredibly, but would it work THAT WELL when I tried it on my own? Probably not. BUT IT DID. It was phenomenal. A friend and I collect vintage G.I. Joe dolls and it took a 20+ year old magic marker stain completely out of a light colored garment. That's when I was sold. My sister kept a covered bucket of this mixture next to my neice's changing table when she was a baby. Parents know how difficult formula, milk and baby food stains are to get out. This works wonders.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup clorox 2 powder bleach
  • 12 cup ivory liquid dishwashing soap (original formula)


  1. You can make this using any amount of"ingredients", as long as the Clorox 2 Powder (it MUST be the powder) and Ivory dishwashing liquid are mixed in equal parts. If "Ivory Joy dishwashing liquid" continues to appear, be aware that this is IVORY not Joy liquid.
  2. Add luke warm water to the mixture, enough to make a sudsy'bath' for your items.
  3. Let the garment (s) sit covered in the water for at least one hour.
  4. Check to see if the stain has disappeared.
  5. If it is still there, soak until the stain is gone.
  6. I have used this on vintage tablecloths and 19th century cotton garments and it works like a charm.
Most Helpful

DeSouter,your Laundry Stain-be-gone has saved me $200.00 or more! I will try to keep this as short as possible.Took the stains out of drapes which are in a park model trailer.I tried OxI clean,on one to see if it would take the stains out.Didn't work.Thought we were going have to replace all of them. If anyone wants to get stains out,try this stain remover.It's great!!Thank you so much for posting this recipe.I will forever be grateful.My hubby too.:0)

Chef 920429 March 24, 2005

Shame on me I have been using this recipe for a few months and never rated it. This got out melted chapstic on several different types of fabric on stains that had been treated & retreated twice. Awesome.

Momto3 November 22, 2009

Due to some surgery and subsequent skin "problems" I had some white clothing that had immovable stains. I tried this recipe and let them soak overnight. ALL of the old blood stains are gone and most of the stains from medications and salves. I'm sure that with another soak or two they too will be gone. In any case, it removed all greyness and the whites are white once again. I'm passing this recipe, it's ingredients, and a large bucket on as a baby shower gift to my daughter; the mother of a nine year old boy and a newborn. Lots of stains to be eradicated there! Thanks for such a useful tool, DeSouter!

Vina February 04, 2007