There are dozens of commercial laundry stain removal products available. Many of them work well. Most or all of them cost more than equally effective home recipes.
For grease spots, I dab on a little laundry detergent or dish detergent and scrub it in with a toothbrush. Usually it will come out in the wash. Sometimes I have to let it sit a while before laundering. If it’s a set in stain, after the detergent I scrub in some hydrogen peroxide as well. Scrub in detergent or shampoo to remove a dark ring on the inside of a collar.
For protein stains like blood, pour on some hydrogen peroxide and scrub it between your knuckles. When the stain is gone, rinse out the peroxide. If the garment isn’t colorfast, peroxide might bleach the spot.
Homemade oxiclean is half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and half a cup of washing soda. Soak the garment in this for an hour or so and then wash with your usual detergent. I made this with baking soda instead of washing soda and it worked fine.
A cotton swab dipped in bleach becomes a bleach pen.
Our ancestors got stains out for centuries without paying top dollar for heavily advertised commercial products, and we can too.
Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.