Pre Wash Stain & 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 for a natural pre wash stain remover – 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 Natural pre wash stain remover | The Inspired Little Pot          After Natural pre wash stain remover | The Inspired Little Pot


Before Natural pre wash stain remover | The Inspired Little Pot          After Natural pre wash stain remover | The Inspired Little Pot


Before Natural pre wash stain remover | The Inspired Little Pot          After Natural pre wash stain remover | The Inspired Little Pot


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.

Natural pre wash stain remover | The Inspired Little Pot

Makes: 250g (enough for single use) 


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150g sodium carbonate (washing soda)

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

20 drops of essential oils – optional (my oils of choice are lemon or eucalyptus) *see notes below

3-4lt warm/hot water

  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.
  • Don’t be limited by my essential oil suggestions. They can be substituted with oils that fit your budget, or with those that you already have in your collection. I recommend that you source essential oils from a brand you trust. Do your research. Ensure that crops are grown and harvested without the use of pesticides and that chemical processes are not used when the oils are extracted. Do not rely on statements on labels such as ‘100% pure’. I now stock essential oils from brands I trust – you can check them out here. Refer to this blog post for inspiration on essential oil blends.
  • You can find hydrogen peroxide in the beauty aisle 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 replace fabric softener with this natural recipe or white vinegar and a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil.


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