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14 DIY stain removal tips that will blow your mind

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Inside: Are you looking for the best DIY stain removal tips to get stains out of just about everything in your home? Find out what products you currently have in your home that are stain removal royalty.

Stains are almost every homemaker’s worst nightmare. Well, that and your mother-in-law unexpectantly showing up right after the dog decided to roll around in skunk, and while you’re busy running after the hamster in his exercise ball scooping up turds that keep falling out of the slats.

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Ah, the joys of being a homemaker.

When you have a family, you always seem to have mountains of laundry to do. What makes that more difficult is the dreaded task of trying to remove the various stains that are clinging to life on your family’s clothes.

Although clothing isn’t the only item in the house that stains. Anything and everything in the house is fair game to be stained.

This is one of the best stain removal tips for removing stains from the skin

If you have kids, you’re crafty, your husband’s a mechanic working around grease all day long, or maybe even your jar of pickled beets exploded on your hands, there’s a very strong chance someone in your family had stained their skin at one time or another.

Some stains are a dickens to get off your skin. Hello, pickled beets, I’m talking to you!

Sure, you can pull out the scrub brush, and I’ve known some people to use steel wool (please don’t do that), and although the stains are lighter, they’re still present on the skin. The one item every household needs to buy to remove all types of stains that are on the skin is…

Lava soap.

This stuff is seriously like gold. It’ll take off anything that stains your skin.

Sure, it’s not a DIY product, but, if you want to get technical, you’re rubbing your hands together, so in reality, you’re “doing it yourself”.

Below you’ll find information along with links to 14 of the most mind-blowing DIY stain removal tips from some of the most amazing ladies on the internet. Please be sure to visit them to get all the details on how to remove the specific stains you’re seeking clarification on.

This trick will help you get rid of ink stains in a snap

Without a doubt, ink stains are one of the most difficult stains to get out of clothes. It seems the stains always appear at the most inopportune times, like when you’re getting ready to make a presentation at work.


Although getting ink on your clothes is bad, have you ever reached into your favorite purse only to pull out a handful of pen ink instead of your lipstick?

What do you do with your hands? You’re going to have to touch something or just sit still waiting for it to dry on your hands. Since there’s a great possibility that’s not going to happen, the ink will probably find its way to your clothing.

The fine team at Molly Maids has the secrets you need to remove ink stains from clothes for good.

Head on over to the Molly Maids blog to read How To Remove Ink Stains.

The easiest way to remove stains from your mattress

A mattress pad is your first course of action when it comes to preventing mattress stains. Although some are considered “waterproof”, moisture can find its way along the sides of the pad or through the material due to a breakdown of the vinyl.

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When you have kids mattress stains are a cleaning task you’re going to have to eventually deal with.

Whether it’s the 3-p’s (pee, poop,& puke), mattresses will also get stained from blood, sweat, and even spilled coffee for those who enjoy a nice cup of coffee in bed.

Sasha from Lifes Carousel will come to your mattresses’ rescue. She has the best solutions to remove the toughest mattress stains.

Make sure you head on over to Lifes Carousel to read: How To Clean Mattress Stains (Yes… We All Have Them!)

Got a new rug? This is how you can protect it from stains

My dog Buster loved to snag some cat turds from the litter box, eat it on the throw rug, then puke them up. Besides his nasty cravings and the cats coughing up hairballs, I can’t tell you how many rugs I threw out.

Why is it, that you can have a house full of tile, and the dog or cat’s gonna puke on the throw rug?


If there’s one thing all homeowners dread ubiquitously, it’s this: maintaining bright colored rugs, especially if you own a pet.

Lyne from Ottawa Mommy Club knows all about getting rid of stains on your rugs. She shares some smart tricks to save your bright rugs from stains.

Don’t forget to head on over to Ottawa Mommy Club to read: 7 Smart Tricks To Save Your Bright Rug From Stains

This surprising trick will get hard water stains off glass shower doors

It doesn’t matter how clean your bathroom is, if your shower door is covered in hard-to-remove water stains, your bathroom gonna look dirty.

Many moons ago when Black and Decker first came out with their power scrubber, I thought this was going to be my ticket to finally having a sparkling clean glass shower door. Boy was I wrong. The only thing it did was give me a sore arm for about a week from trying to hold that puppy up.


Over the years, I’ve tried just about everything and nothing worked. That was until I stumbled upon Mary from Everyday Cheapskates secret for removing those hard-to-remove hard water stains.

Mary knows what you need to do to get stubborn hard watermarks and stains on your tub or shower doors that simply will not budge no matter what you try.  

Make sure you head on over to Everyday Cheapskates to read: Surprising Trick Removes Stubborn Hard Water Stains from Glass Shower Doors

Are coffee stains in your cup an eye-sore? We got you covered!

In the olden days before dishwashers were invented, stains in coffee cups were probably non-existent. Let’s face it. The Pioneer women had their homemaking game on. They were johnny-on-the-spot when it came to cleaning. They were like that for one reason only.

The internet wasn’t invented. The only other thing they had to do was needlework. Given the choice, I’d rather sweep the dirt floors than prick my finger 900 times with an embroidery needle.


Regardless of how often we may put our coffee cups in the dishwasher, after time they always come out with coffee stains. At times, it’s pretty embarrassing.

The good news is if you’re a coffee or tea drinker, you’re going to love the tips Courtenay from The Creek Line House has for you.

Head on over to The Creek Line House and read How to Remove Coffee and Tea Stains from mugs Naturally!

Removing stains from your cars upholstery is easy peasy lemon squeezy

If you have small kids and your car’s upholstery is fabric, you know you’re going to need some solid tips to keep the upholstery clean.

Just because your kiddo may be in a car seat, doesn’t mean they’re not going to projectile vomit all over the car, or the spilled honey mustard from his happy meal doesn’t sit for a few hours drying into the fabric before you realize he dropped it.

Kids and fabric upholstery are a dangerous combination. The good news is the amazing team at Fabulessly Frugal knows exactly what you need to do to get your cars upholstery looking brand new.

Head on over to Fabulessly Frugal to read: DIY Detail Your Cars Upholstery.


Let’s duke it out! DIY upholstery cleaner vs. Bissell® Cleaner

Like the scenario above, Louise from Chaotically Yours had a very similar situation; however, hers involved her 10-year-old son and a milkshake.

Should you use a DIY upholstery cleaner solution or a name-brand cleaning solvent like Bissell®? Will a homemade upholstery cleaning mix work as well as a store-bought one?

Head on over to Chaotically Yours to read: DIY Upholstery Cleaner vs Bissell® Cleaning Solution: What Works Better

Time to get rid of those gross hard water stains from your toilet

Jessica from The Forked Spoon is at it again with another helpful tip to help you out. This time she’s going to share with you how to get those nasty hard water stains out of toilets.

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Living where I do, in the land of hard water, this article has been a life-saver for me when it comes to tackling those gross hard water rings and stains. Jessica gives you step-by-step instructions on how to make your toilet bowl sparkle.

Head on over to The Forked Spoon to read: How To Remove Hard Water Stains From Toilets

Looking for more toilet cleaning inspirations? You’ll want to read How To Clean A Toilet Like A Professional Cleaner.

Looking for stain removal tips to get rid of grease stains off jeans? Look no further, we got you covered

Have you ever been out to lunch only to drop some greasy food onto your new outfit? Please say yes, because I don’t want to think I’m the only one this happens to.

Anytime I eat or drink something, I end up wearing it. Seriously, I can only go around 5 minutes without having something land on my tops or jeans. Somehow and for some strange paranormal reason unbeknownst to me, I’m a magnet for stains.

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Lisa from Drugstore Divas has a quick and easy solution on how to get those greasy stains out of your jeans. Not only does it work for jeans, but it works for just about any other garments you happen to drop a French fry, fried chicken, or even pizza grease on.

If only I knew it was that simple, a few good garments could have been saved.

Head on over to Drugstore Diva’s to read: How To Get Grease Out Of Your Jeans  

Say goodbye to gross yellow sweat stains for good

Antiperspirant is one of the best inventions of our time; however, it’s not a miracle cure for sweaty armpit stains. If you have active kids who are in sports and sweat a lot, you’re going to be faced with having to deal with removing sweat stains.

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Jillee from One Good Thing By Jillee has the solution to get rid of those nasty sweat stains. You’ll be shocked how these 3 household ingredients can make the stains vanish as if they were never there.

Head on over to One Good Thing By Jillee to read: How To Remove Sweat Stains The Easy Way

This is how to remove dry erase markers from clothes

I have a giant whiteboard situated next to my desk at work. When I decided to put it there, I must have forgotten what a stain magnet I am. Since I use my whiteboard daily for my to-do tasks and things to remember while at work, not a day goes by that I either don’t drop the dry erase marker on my work clothes or my hands are covered in ink.

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Image courtesy of Thrifty Frugal Mom

Getting dry erase marker off your hands is pretty easy if you use some Lava soap, but when it ends up on your clothes that’s another story.

Thank heavens for Lydia over at Thrifty Frugal Mom. She has the solution to get dry erase markers out of clothes for good. When I learned of this trick, I was floored wondering how I never thought of this myself.

Head on over to Thrifty Frugal Mom to read: How To Get Dry Erase Marker Out Of Clothes

It’s time to get earth-friendly with this homemade stain remover for clothes

I’m not going to lie, I hate spending money on laundry stain remover. 9-out-of-10 times, it never works. The only thing it removes is money from your wallet.

The best solution is to make your own homemade stain remover. Sure, at times it’s easier to toss a stain stick in your cart at the grocery store, but for the amount of money you spend on something that didn’t work, you could have bought yourself a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.

Kristen from Earth Friendly Tips has an easy and super affordable recipe that is so easy to make and it works better than the store-bought stain sticks.   Finally, you’ll be able to use the money you were going to spend on the stain stick for something yummy.

Head on over to Earth Friendly Tips to read: Incredible Homemade Stain Remover For Clothes.

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This is the best way to remove blood stains from your clothes naturally

How many times have you given yourself a paper cut only to realize it started to bleed a good 10 minutes later. More than likely you wouldn’t have noticed it if it wasn’t for a bloodstain on your favorite blouse.

Never fear. Ellen from Confessions Of An Overworked Mom, has the solution to not only get blood out of your clothes, but she supplies you with an overview of other ways to naturally get stains out of your clothes.

Head on over to Confessions Of An Overworked Mom to read: How To Remove Stains From Your Clothes Naturally.

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The wonderful world of DIY Stain Removers

It’s amazing how much stain removal information is out there. Whether you opt to use store-bought cleaners, laundry stain removers or make your own, it’s truly baffling how we can get stains out using items we already have in our homes.

I’m sure the big cleaning companies were wishing the Internet was never invented.

Do you have a special stain-removing recipe you use that wasn’t mentioned above?

I’d love to hear the ways you remove stains. Share with a comment below.

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