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

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

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