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The ONLY Stain Remover you’ll ever need!


I have tried many methods of removing stains from clothing over the years. This homemade spot remover really does the job, and it is inexpensive and easy to make. 

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The other day when I was mixing up a fresh bottle of my favorite homemade stain remover, I realized I have never shared it here on the blog.

Probably in part because it’s been all over pinterest for years and I assumed everyone already knows about it. Yet I’m surprised every time I tell someone about this miracle cleaner and they had never heard about it. Which made me think, I would be doing an injustice to my readers who have NOT heard about it, if I didn’t share this life changing formula. 

Back in 2008 Glamour magazine shared an article

The Only Spot Remover You’ll Ever Need

The story tells a tale of a favorite dress and a glass of red wine.  After thinking the dress was completely ruined, a friend let her in on a little stain removal secret that she has sworn by ever since…………….

The ONLY stain remover you will ever need!  at TidyMom.net This HOMEMADE MIRACLE CLEANER has worked on every stain from set in grease, to yellow arm pit stains, to chocolate and more!


The recipe for homemade Miracle Cleaner

1 part blue Dawn dishwashing liquid

2 parts 3% hydrogen peroxide

Mix and pour or spray directly on stain, launder  as usual and watch it disappear like MAGIC.

I keep a bottle of this Miracle Cleaner in my laundry room to spray on stains, and it has yet to fail me. Besides usual food and other mysterious stains that appear on my family’s clothes, I have used the Miracle Stain Remover to successfully removed set in grease on a favorite t-shirt, yellow arm pit stains, chocolate, blood and tire grease when a white hat was driven over after being lost in the street.

If I’m worried about a really tough stain, like the hat or yellow arm pit stains, I will use an old toothbrush to scrub the stain remover into the fabric (you can also sprinkle with a little baking soda to make a paste for a little extra scrubbing power) and let it sit about an hour before washing. If it’s a large stain, as was the case with the dress, you can mix the formula and add it to a bucket of hot water and soak the entire garment for a few hours.  If the stain does not come out completely the first time, try it a second time, but it has worked the first time on everything I have tried.

As with any stain removers, always do a spot test, but if it’s an garment that’s already a loss because of the stain, what do you have to loose?

I have used the Miracle Cleaner on carpet with great success as well, and I know others have used it on upholstery, grout, and many other items around the home!  I would love to hear if you have tried the Miracle Cleaner, and what results you had!  

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  1. I just used this on my WHITE sisal rug. My dog got into something and unfortunately got sick on it in 9 different places. Of the 9 spots, 8 have vanished- no trace at all. The last spot was green (from plant leaves) and I think I used a bit too much. The green is gone, but the area where I applied the solution is noticeably whiter. It doesn’t bother me, but you may want to test a small area first or try not to use too much. 🙂 
    Thanks for the recommendation- I’ll use this from now on.

  2. I have never heard of this miracle cleaner. I’m very interested in trying it. I have a
    T-shirt that is one of my favorites. It has some unknown stains that I have been trying to get it out for at least 3-4 washes. 
    As for that mildew smell in cloths, well nothing beats fresh air and sunshine. I found 2 big bags of baby cloths, after I gave up looking and bought more.  they no longer fit my little baby. and the only thing wrong was the stench of them sitting in the dirt floor basement. 3 washes later I just left them out on the line for 5 days. OMG they smelled so good. They were ready for Good Will and some one else that needed them. 

  3. Could I use any type of dawn, or does it have to be blue?

  4. Hi
    Well I’ve hunted down hydrogen peroxide and baking soda but we do not have dawn in UK.  Has anyone tried green ‘fairy’ washing up liquid?  I’ll give it a go and let you know.  Thank you 

  5. Amazing my husband found a hooded shirt, that was supposed to be white . It had horrible deep set in stains.Coffee etc. The shirt was a bright dazzling white. It works!!!

  6. Alison, check with your local pharmacy, or where ever you get your medications filled at, as far as the hydrogen peroxide, I am quite sure they will have it.

  7. You said one part and then 2 part. I’m sorry I’m not very smart but can you tell me how much one part and two part is?

    • if you use 1 cup Dawn then you use 2 cups peroxide.  you mix up as little or as much as you want – just measure your Dawn, then double that measurement for the peroxide

  8. I’m afraid this week foam/bubble to much for my front load HE washer. Does anyone have any recordings with that?

    • there is no foam or bubbles.  and I have a front load HE washer and treat our clothes with this all the time – the soap is diluted with the peroxide, and you just treat the stain, so there’s not much soap at all

  9. Do you mix it with water? Or just the dawn and peroxide?

    • The recipe for homemade Miracle Cleaner
      1 part blue Dawn dishwashing liquid
      2 parts 3% hydrogen peroxide
      Mix and pour or spray directly on stain, launder  as usual and watch it disappear like MAGIC.

  10. My son is a waiter and he asked if could remove several stains from his “white’ work shirts.  I put this Miracle Cleaner to the test -it worked beautifully.  I will now have a bottle by my washer as well for those nasty stains.

  11. do you think this will work on old set in stains on baby clothes?

    • Yes! Somehow a bright red lipstick got into a load of my babies’s clothes. I didn’t realize until I was taking them out of the dryer. It had melted all over everything. I tried EVERYTHING with zero success. I tried this (except I also added baking soda- equal part to the dawn. It helps scrub into the stain) and the lipstick came out of everything, including the white onesies. 

  12. Just used this on my carpet. I had a few spots where a chunk of black eyeliner landed and left a terrible smudge. Worked great!! I also used Walmart brand dawn!!

    • Be careful with that. I just had the store brand kind leave blue dye on some baby clothes. I treated one sleeper and the blue randomly also got on 2 other pieces of clothing in the same load. Hope I can get it back out! I have never had that problem with the real Dawn.

  13. Can you use this on colored clothes? Wouldn’t the peroxide bleach it? Thanks

  14. You might want to add that the mixture should not be set in the light..as the mixture contains hydrogen peroxide. Always a dark bottle or as I did.. Saved one of my bottles from another DIY project and used the empty bottle.. You can just screw on an extra sprayer for use.

  15. Does it have to be 3% peroxide?

  16. I used this instead of resolve and the stains came off my husbands work shirts, He an electrian so has dirt, pipe glue and other oily stains, the pipe glue has faded a bit but other wise i have to wash his work clothes twice in the heavy duty load. 
    Thanks for this great and cheaper cleaner.

  17. I have seen this recipe all over Pintrest and no.. It doesn’t need to be 3%.. All of the other ones just state hydrogen peroxide

  18. would it takeout waterstains in a motorhome ceiling?

  19. Hate to admit this, or maybe not, but when I first saw this recipe I did not have an extra spray bottle and I needed it right then to get the red clay out of my son’s baseball pants. Soooooo, I just sqirt a little dawn on the areas then splashed some hydrogen peroxide, rubbed together, and viola! Perfection!

  20. I  have to say that I thought that  I had seen everything in the line of cleaning.  I had a ground in carpet stain on light tan carpet. I just BARELY touched this MAGIC on the spot and it was GONE!!!!!!!!  I am in AWE!! I will NEVER buy stain remover again!!!

  21. So I’m lookng for a pre-soak for all of my babies’ clothes (5mo twins and 18mo) because spot cleaning all of the stains is getting to be a bit much. Could I use this basic recipe and dilute with water as a pre-soak or do you know of another better recipe option for that kind of use?

  22. Hello, does it have to be dawn soap or can it be any dish soap? Thanks!!

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  24. This really works!   I’ve been using it for almost 8 months now and it is the absolute best.  This will get stains out that others do not.  One of my children spilled pomagranate juice on beige carpet the other day and this “miracle spray” was able to remove the stain after it had set for several hours.  Thank you so much for sharing… Just a tiny side not make sure you have a spay nozzle that streams instead of mists.  

  25. I was wondering if this would work well on a microfiber couch? 
    Thanks so much for this  DiIY stain remedy ! Can’t wait to try it on our whites 

  26. This really does work!!!!! Soooo very glad I found this article earlier today! Desperate to save a white blazer that had already been sent to cleaners- with no luck! I was just about ready to throw it out! This solution saved my blazer! Thank you so much!

  27. I need my daughter’s light blue DriFit softball jersey and socks to come clean. Do I need to soak them or just spray them and wash as normal?  Thank you!

    • just spray and wash – sometimes I spray and let it sit a few minutes if I have time.  For really tough stains I’ll rub the fabric together to work it in a little.- Good luck!

  28. Anyone use dawn that’s not blue? Does that matter?

  29. Do you think you could use this mix to clean you carpets in a carpet shampooer?

  30. Can I used this on my baby, kids color clothing? 

  31. Hi, is this something you have to mix fresh every time you use it, or can you just keep a bottle on hand for when you need it?

  32. I mixed up this stain remover a while back and it has worked great, but I just gave it the biggest test  I’ve come across to date .  I came home from running errands to find that my 3-year old had colored all over on a cushion of our year old couch!  I sprayed the solution and gently rubbed a toothbrush over the crayon and WOW…totally gone!  

  33. Hi,
    I tried using this stain remover in a spray bottle, but it doesn’t come out like spray. It spits out. I tried adjusting the nozzle, but no position worked. Has anyone had this problem? Is there a remedy?

  34. Hi have used this on whites but, have you found it to be color safe?

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