There are a couple isles in the grocery store I try to avoid and those are the cleaning isles. I am always trying to find ways to be more self-sufficient and stop being so reliant on the grocery store. In doing so I have tried and tested many products I can find right in my kitchen to remove laundry stains.
Here is a list of my all time favorite homemade laundry stain removers:
Fresh Grease = Salt
Salts absorbent quality is the reason you can treat fresh grease. Sprinkle enough salt on the stain to cover the entire spot. When it dries, brush it off, and you will brush most of the stain with it. You can loosen an old stain by rubbing salt into the stain before washing as usual.
Friut Juice or Rust Stains = Lemon Juice
Diluted or straight, lemon juice is a safe treatment for juice or rust stains.
Milk, Blood or Chocolate = Meat Tenderizer
To treat a fresh stain, sprinkle enough tenderizer on the stain to cover it and let it sit for an hour. Brush off the old tenderizer and wash as usual. For a set stain, make a paste of 2 to 3 drops of water and 1 teaspoon of tenderizer and work into the stain. Let it sit for an hour and then wash as usual.
Wine = Club Soda or Seltzer Water
Immediatley pour club soda seltzer over the stain, then blot it with a clean paper towel. Wash as soon as possible,
Soda = Rubbing Alcohol
Soak the affected area immediately in cold water, apply rubbing alcohol to the stain and launder as usual.
Ink or Lipstick = Hair Spray
To get rid of the lipstick stain on the fabric, coat the area with hair spray. Let it sit for a couple minutes, then carefully wipe off the excess spray and lipstick.
Ring Around the Collar = Chalk
When you get those dark lines around the collar of white or light-colored cotton shirts just rub a piece of white chalk into the stain and let sit overnight. Wash as usual the next day. The chalk will absorb most of the stain.