Clothes get dirty – Fact!
My natural washing powder recipe does the job to clean dirty clothes (and well!) – Fact!
Sometimes stubborn stains still appear that need a bit of extra effort to remove – Fact!

It can be tempting to go out and buy a powerful commercial stain remover/bleaching agent.

Please don’t!

I have trialled several different stain removing methods, and while I have a few options for spot treatment stains, I think I have hit the jackpot with this recipe for a natural pre-wash stain solution – mainly due to its simplicity and effectiveness, all with minimal effort!

The orange/red top got discoloured in the days when I was recipe testing and perfecting my natural deodorant recipes. Check out the result after soaking for 24 hours. Not bad hey?! It also works well on stained tea-towels, oil spots (and I get a lot of those working with different kinds of butter and balms!), and discoloured pillow cases.

So, If you have whites that are greying, greasy/oily spots or discolouring around collars and armpits, then give this a go. I have trialled this on whites, darks and colours.

Now, while I have never had issues with colour leaching, as usual, I have to remind you to patch test and proceed with caution as all clothing, materials and dyes are unique.

Stain Solution

Makes: enough for single use Prep time: < 5 min.


½ cup | 130 g | 4.6 oz sodium carbonate (washing soda)

½ cup | 125 ml | 4.2 fl oz hydrogen peroxide (3%)

5 lt | 1.3 gal (approx.) warm/hot water


Add all ingredients directly to the laundry sink or a bucket and mix until combined.

To Use

Add stained clothing to solution and use a wooden spoon to push down and agitate clothing. Allow to rest, agitating periodically, for a minimum of 4 hours. Remove from solution and wash clothes as usual. Discard solution.

Recipe Notes

You can find hydrogen peroxide in the beauty aisle of most supermarkets. It is a natural alternative to bleach.

You can substitute the hydrogen peroxide for ½ cup | 130 g | 4.6 oz sodium percarbonate.

It is a good idea to take a ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos so you can see how well this solution works!

Remember to patch test if you’re worried your fabric dye will run.

Don’t make this solution in advance. Mix it up just prior to use.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

Krissy wants to see a world where people make conscious, educated decisions that honour both humans and habitat. With a background in education and health promotion, she devotes her time to passionately increase awareness on common and avoidable toxins, in everyday items like washing powder and deodorant, and to educate individuals on how they can easily reduce their daily exposure, through simple and realistic do-it-yourself ideas and recipes.

Krissy has sold over 40,000 copies of her natural DIY recipe books, including her award-winning book, Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning, and her newly-released kids book, Make & Play - Natural DIY Recipes for Kids. She offers honest and gentle guidance, education and 100+ natural DIY recipes on her website The Inspired Little Pot.


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