Stain Remover for Clothes

"My daughter spilled a cup of grape juice on her hot pink shirt. This did the trick, and the shirt's still pink! I got this from my sister in law and am posting it here so I don't lose it. The "dish detergent" is actually Cascade automatic dishwasher detergent-it wouldn't let me enter that as an ingredient."
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Ready In:
24hrs 5mins
1 gallon


  • 13 cup dish detergent, cascade dishwasher detergent (powder or liquid)
  • 12 cup Clorox 2 Bleach (for colors)
  • 1 gallon hot water


  • Mix all ingredients. Add the soiled clothes.
  • Don't mix colors as this does make the dyes bleed some.
  • Let soak 24 hours.
  • Put all in a wash machine and run a regular cycle.
  • Hope this works as well for you as it did for me!

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  1. mums the word
    A bit of a mixed review for me. This worked great on some fresh mud stains on a white hoodie and some dirty socks. However, it did not work well to remove set stains as others had experienced. I would definitely use again though as the socks looked way better. ( I used Electrasol too). Thx for posting this!
  2. Keebler832
    Great Stuff!! I was able to get a strawberry jello stain from last week to come out of my daughters yellow shirt within a matter of minutes. I took another reviews advise and used half a cup of Electrosol detergent and it worked like a charm!!
  3. internetnut
    I tried this yesterday and washed the clothes today. My 6 yrs old niece & 3 yrs old newphews clothes set in it for the 24 hours as directed. My future sister inlaw was telling me about this way of stain remover this summer. She said it works great. I forgot about it until I ran across another recipe with different amounts. It calls for 1 cup Clorox 2, 1 cup cascade. Heat 5 gallons of water as hot as you can stand it, put your clothes in and soak. Then launder as usual. "I like to just put it in the hot cycle of my washer then I don’t have to worry about dumping the water and messing with soggy wet clothes". I tried your recipe with set in stains. My 6 yrs old niece had a shirt with yellow paint on it that did not come out and the dark black letters on the front of the shirt faded almost so you can't see them anymore, she also has a skirt with black grease on it that to did not come out all the way but somewhat, but she has a shirt with ketchup stain on it that had been washed already with no results and it worked like a charm. My 3 yrs old newphew has a shirt that had something black on the back that also had been washed before and it to came right out like a charm. This is so easy to whip up it took me minutes. I do have sensitive skin and no gloves on hand so I put the clothes in a old dish pan (bought for this recipe) and I mixed the stain remover in a big pitcher and mixed it with a long wooden spoon and then kinda stirred the clothes with it to. So no touching for me. I'm so glad this worked for at least half my items. I will use this again for sure! Thank you so much for posting this clothes saving recipe. Christine (internetnut)
  4. Grunig
    I use this, with the exception of using Dawn dish soap. Works great but be sure to wear gloves if you have sensitive skin.
  5. closet cook
    I used 1/2c. of dishwasher detergent not 1/3 and found that other brands of dishwasher detergent also worked. I've even tried the liquid form of dishwasher detergent with excellent results as well. A great recipe for those of us with kids or messy husbands.It does the job!!!!


I'm a stay at home mom with 3 adorable children-an 8 year old daredevil son, a 5 1/2 year old princess and a wild little 2 year old girl! I love to cook, and like having my little helpers in the kitchen! I usually love recipes that are completely from scratch (I still love them actually) but right now my focus is on having any kind of food ready by mealtime! It's a little crazy here lately. Every summer we have a huge organic garden, apple orchard and raspberry and blueberry patches, along with a woods full of wild foods waiting for me to learn what they are so I can collect them. I'm learning about wild mushrooms first, so if anyone has any tips, let me know. We also eat wild venison which my husband and I hunt ourselves. It's our favorite meat, since it's lean, organic and cheap! Some of my hobbies are: hiking, biking, rock climbing, gardening, playing in the water with my kids, or just swinging in the hammock with a good book. I go stir crazy if I spend too much time inside.
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