Vintage Clothing Stain Remover – Homemade DIY

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A homemade easy to prepare recipe for pretreating your vintage clothing for stains. Learn how to make this mixture of just 3 ingredients so that you can restore life back into your most cherished T-Shirts, hoodies, and sweats!

Buying Vintage Clothes? Beware of the Stains

If you’ve ever bought clothing at a thrift store or just second hand in general off of a site like Poshmark, Mercari, or Depop, then you’ve probably run into a few stubborn stains. You’ll know, it’s normal for vintage clothes to come with some stains, and that removing the stains can be a tough task. But it’s always worth a try to at least make the clothes feel a little more like new.

After years of experience constantly treating clothes for our own personal use and for reselling on various marketplaces, we’ve developed a homemade recipe that works great for stubborn stains on vintage t-shirts. 

An Alternative to the Expensive Commercial Options 

You’ve probably tried the other options on the market. You’ve got various stain treaters like OxiClean, Shout, Spray n Wash. Whatever you have in your laundry arsenal. But to be honest these cleaners work, but can be very harsh. If you get them on your hands or your eyes (oh no), but also they can be irritative when you put on the clothing the next time. These products can be very unpleasant to deal with.

The truth is a lot of these cleaners can be replicated by using a few simple ingredients

We’ve created this recipe to help you clean up vintage clothing – refresh it – bring it back to life – so that you can shop in a more sustainable way.

But, this doesn’t just apply to vintage clothing. If you get a stain on a newer item, you can use this recipe to fight the stain. 

Some benefits to making your own cleaner are that you know exactly what is going on your clothes and then by extension what will be touching your body. By using simple ingredients like Dawn, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda, you will be very satisfied with how simple and gentle these cleaning ingredients are.


  1. Take 1 part (2 ounces) of your Dawn dishwashing liquid and at it to the spray bottle.
  2. Take two parts (4 ounces) of  hydrogen peroxide and pour it into the spray bottle.
  3. Take 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda and at it to the spray bottle.
  4. Close the spray bottle and stir or shake it for 15-20 seconds.

Pro tip: If you’re using a spray bottle definitely use some sort of funnel so that you don’t make a big mess.

Now we have our home made cleaner We can spray it on or pour directly onto the stain. 

Simply throw the treated garment into the washing machine just like any other piece of clothing.

For more complicated stains, you might need a bit of elbow grease to assist you.  You can use an old toothbrush or nail brush something that isn’t too rough that won’t damage the fabric. Spray the mixture on and gently scrub in the homemade stain remover in circular motions. 

For The really really large stains, you might just want to soak it in a container / bucket in a diluted solution that is mostly hot water. 

Additional Tips:

If You’re having trouble removing the stain after one cycle of applying the stain remover, scrubbing and washing, then you might want to try to repeat the process again or a couple more times

You must always do a spot test of the stain remover on the garment on a really small area that’s not very visible. Somewhere like under the armpits would be good for a t-shirt. You don’t want to make the shirt even worse by trying to make it better

Always launder the item after applying the stain remover. Generally, it’s not best to let your vintage clothing sit in hydrogen peroxide for a super long time because it may have a bleaching effect. Try to limit the amount of time you’re soaking the garment for and always make sure to wash it using a washing machine and then hang dry / tumble dry.

Thanks for reading and happy treasure hunting!


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