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Pre Wash Stain and Brightening Solution










Fact – clothes get dirty. Fact – to clean dirty clothes, natural washing powder does the job well. Fact – sometimes stubborn stains appear that need a bit of extra effort to remove.

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 treating stains and also an anti-bleach soaking solution, I think I have hit the jackpot with this recipe – mainly due to its simplicity and effectiveness, all with minimal effort!

This top got discoloured in the days when I was recipe testing and perfecting my natural deodorant recipes. This was the result after soaking for 24 hours. Not bad hey?! It also works well on stained tea-towels, and oil spots (and I get a lot of those working with butters and balms!)

Before           After


Before           After 


Before           After 


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.

Makes: 250g (enough for single use) 

INGREDIENTS  (links provided for ingredients available here at The Inspired Little Pot)

150g sodium carbonate (washing soda)

100g hydrogen peroxide 3% (pantry item/market/supermarket)

20 drops of lemon or eucalyptus essential oil – optional

3-4lt warm/hot water

Read here for more info on why I choose the essential oils that I do, or to get some for yourself.


  1. In a small bowl, combine sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide and essential oils if using. Mix well.
  2. Fill a bucket with warm/hot water and pour in solution, mixing well with a wooden spoon or whisk.


  • Add clothing to bucket and ensure items are completely submerged in the solution.
  • Allow to soak for 24 hours before washing as usual.


  • You can find hydrogen peroxide in the beauty isle of most supermarkets. It is a natural alternative to bleach.
  • 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.
  • Use a natural washing powder, and vinegar as a rinse aid.
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