· Homekeeping · Laundry · This Is The Best Way To Remove Stains You Forgot To Pretreat
Essential Oils · Homekeeping · Laundry · This Is The Best Way To Remove Stains You Forgot To Pretreat

This Is The Best Way To Remove Stains You Forgot To Pretreat

Remember when you spilled food on your shirt last week and forgot to treat the stain? Save the day (and your shirt) with lemon oil!

When you spill some food or your drink on your clothes, you always tell yourself you’re going to treat the stain later, right? But if you’re anything like me, you are more likely to forget about the stain until you spot it when you’re putting your clothes in the washing machine on laundry day.

By this point, the window of opportunity to pre-treat the stain has closed. So what do you do? Well, I hope to answer that very question in today’s blog post! 🙂

We’re going to be exploring how you can remove stains with lemon essential oil. You’ll learn how to do it, and why it’s such a good option for treating old stains!

How To Remove Stains With Lemon Essential Oil

It couldn’t be easier to remove stains with lemon essential oil. You can simply apply a few drops directly to the stain and then toss the item in the wash!

It’s perfect for removing stains that you never got around to pretreating, because it can dissolve the dried out residue and help eliminate any discoloration. Just make sure to get your clothing item in the wash ASAP, because lemon oil can have a permanent yellowing effect if it’s left to sit for too long.

But direct application isn’t the only way to use lemon oil to remove stains. Another option is to mix up a simple lemon essential oil stain remover spray, which you’ll learn how to do below!

(Don’t have lemon oil on hand? Eucalyptus oil makes a great substitute when it comes to removing stains!)

DIY Lemon Oil Stain Remover Spray


1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 3%

2 Tbsp castile soap

20 drops lemon essential oil


Add the peroxide, castile soap, and essential oils to a dark-colored spray bottle. Replace the top and shake well to mix. To use, spray directly onto stains then wash the item promptly.

Remove Stain Residue With Sunshine!

  • If your clothing item comes out of the wash and the stain isn’t 100% gone, here’s a simple tip!
  • Instead of putting it back in the wash, take it outside and let it sit in the sun for a few hours.
  • Sunshine is a surprisingly effective way to eliminate any remaining stain residue and discoloration, and your item will look good as new in no time!

What’s your best tip for removing stains of any kind?

Friends don’t let friends pay full price, which is why OGT readers always get 10% off at the By Jillee Shop!

Use coupon code below to get 10% off today’s order:



Want To Save Even More?
OGT Plus members save even more with 20% off their entire purchase, every time they shop! Not a member? Join OGT Plus today!)

  • I may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website. I always offer my own genuine recommendation. Learn more.

  • image

    Hi, I’m Jillee!

    I believe we should all love the place we call home and the life we live there. Since 2011, I’ve been dedicated to making One Good Thing by Jillee a reliable and trustworthy resource for modern homemakers navigating the everyday challenges of running a household. Join me as I share homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make life easier so you can enjoy it more!

    Every day I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

    Read More


    Essential Oils

    most voted
    newest oldest
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments