8 Natural Stain Removers That Work on EVERYTHING

updated Oct 22, 2020
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Besides cooking up a storm in the kitchen, cleaning and disinfecting the home has been another deeply satisfying activity these past few weeks. If your to-do list includes finally tackling those stubborn food blotches on your favorite white shirt, pet accidents on your carpet, or red wine spots on your couch, you’ll want a high-quality stain remover in your cleaning arsenal. But rather than opt for products packed with harmful chemicals, we recommend naturally derived stain removers that are gentle on the environment, safe for use around pets and kids, and truly effective on the nastiest stains. Plus, unlike big brands that are already sold out at major online retailers and grocery stores, these eco-conscious options are still easily available right now. From a cult-favorite option that celebs swear by to an under-the-radar pick that can tackle tough turmeric, here are eight stain removers that’ll get the job done, naturally!

1. The Laundress Stain Solution

The powerful stain-lifting solution can take on bloodred wine stains on your bright white napkins, coffee stains on your favorite shirt, and even food spills deeply ingrained into your couch’s fabric. Use it for spot-treating smaller spills (gently scrub the formula in with a brush), or add a capful to a warm bath and soak larger items for superior results. Since the formula is unscented, it’s perfect for those with allergies or homes with kids and pets.

Buy: The Laundress Stain Solution, $18

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2. Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Stain Removers

This certified B Corp is on a mission to make every part of your home cleaner without using chemically packed formulas. Simply spray on the stain remover, leave it to dry for a couple of hours, then scrub it down with warm, soapy water. The 97% plant-based ingredients tackle tough stains without filling your home with chemicals.

Buy: Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Stain Removers, $3.99

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3. Only Natural Pet Organic Stain & Odor Remover

Not to go into details, but pet messes can get nasty. This natural solution (a blend of enzymes, organic cleaning agents, mandarin, and green tea essential oil blend) is tough on stains, deodorizes without leaving any residue, and gentle enough to spray around your pooch. Plus, it works on all kinds of surfaces, including rugs, upholstery, bedding, and mattresses.

Buy: Only Natural Pet Organic Stain & Odor Remover, $18.99

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4. Puracy Natural Stain Remover

I’m currently on my second bottle of this natural stain remover that was able to get stubborn turmeric stains out of my favorite kitchen linens. It’s great on any kind of fabrics, including rugs and sofas, but it’s also equipped to tackle smaller pet stains on carpets and mattresses. Looking for something a lot tougher? Puracy also has a natural formula that’s highly rated for pet stains and odor.

Buy: Puracy Natural Stain Remover, $22.08 (normally $25.98)

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5. The Honest Co. Multi-Surface Cleaner

Free from synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, parabens, dyes, sulfates, and methylisothiazolinone, The Honest’s Co’s multi-surface cleaner is incredibly potent yet gentle. While it comes in four soothing scents, there’s also a fragrance-free option that’s great for homes with little kids.

Buy: The Honest Co. Multi-Surface Cleaner, $3.99

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6. Celsious Wunderbar Stain Removal Stick

Made from just two ingredients — coconut oil and vegetable soap — this biodegradable option tackles all kinds of stains from food, soil, oil, makeup, grease, and even pet messes. Simply wet the stained area, rub the stick in, and leave the formula on for a few hours before throwing the soiled fabric in the regular wash.

Buy: Celsious Wunderbar Stain Removal Stick, $8

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7. Nellie’s Wow Stick Stain Remover

An eco-alternative to stain-removing sticks and pens, Nellie’s Wow Stick is ruthless on stained kitchen towels, clothes, or even upholstery, yet incredibly gentle on your hands. Instead of a chemically packed ingredient list, the bar is simply made from a blend of orange peel oil, glycerin, and palm kernel extract.

Buy: Nellie’s Wow Stick Stain Remover, $8.51

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8. Method Stain Remover

Like all Method products, this stain remover is non-toxic, biodegradable, phthalate-free, and packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. It comes with a built-in brush that makes it easier to directly target tough stains, which is incredibly handy, especially for items that are harder to throw in the washing machine (like the couch!).

Buy: Method Stain Remover, $3