Eco-Friendly Stain Removers

With two boys in the house, we get a lot of stains on clothing – grass stains, pen and markers, dirt, blood….you name it! So having an arsenal of stain removal stuff is pretty important to me. Still, I like to spend as little time as possible doing laundry so I appreciate products that are easy to use. Here are a few that I have tried:

Stain Removal Products

Vaska SpotOff

Vaska SpotOff – A spray-on spot remover made with botanical surfactants that will not harm fabric.

Thumbs up: Just grab and spray – it’s so easy! Free of NPEs, chlorine, phosphates and optical brighteners. Biodegradable and color safe.

Second thoughts: Full ingredient list not available. Seems a bit pricey at approx. $10.99 for a 22-oz bottle but it will last you a long time.

Ecover – A plant based stain remover gel with a built in brush.

Thumbs up: Use brush to rub stain remover into stubborn stains. Affordable at $4.50 for a 6.8 oz bottle and you only need a smidge per stain. 

Second thoughts: According to Goodguide and Skin Deep, there are a couple of questionable ingredients in the formula, including 2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1,3-DIOL, a preservative linked to immunotoxicity.

Roux Maison 8oz_stainremover_fragfree

Roux Maison – Fragrance free, naturally derived liquid stain remover.

Thumbs up: Readily biodegradable and free of the usual nasties like parabens, SLS, phthalates and formaldehyde.

Second thoughts: Complete ingredient list not available. Expensive at $8.95 for an 8-oz bottle.

Home Remedies

If you would rather try your hand at home remedies, here are some ideas from my book:

Secret Weapons for Stain Removal

What are your tried and true stain removal techniques?

(Full Disclosure: I received samples of Vaska SpotOff and Roux Maison stain removers in exchange for my honest opinion. There are affiliate links in this post.)

About Micaela

Micaela Preston is a marketing and communications consultant specializing in natural, organic and eco-friendly products and the health and wellness space. Micaela is available as a social media manager, green lifestyle writer, public speaker, brand ambassador and marketing manager.


  1. Thanks for this. all of little E’s clothing stained! I have been trying different things. hopefully some of this will help!

  2. BioKlean Bac Out is awesome!

  3. Hi Stephanie (GGGG) – Stained clothes are a fact of life with little kids! Good luck with the stain removal! 🙂

  4. Hi Heather – I completely forgot to mention Bac-Out – thanks for the reminder! I knew I was forgetting something!

  5. Thanks for the useful info. Yes, my two kids are always giving me chances to test my wits at stain removal!

  6. I’ve had good luck with Biokleen’s Bac-out. I use it for clothes mostly.

  7. Anne – testing your wits is right! Good luck with the stain removal. 🙂

  8. Yes – I need to add Bac-Out to my post. I totally forgot to mention it – it's a great product!

  9. Great cheat sheet, thanks!!

  10. Hi Emily – glad you like the cheat sheet!

  11. Gill Eco says:

    I love that you care so much about the environment and being eco and world friendly. There is so much eco friendly technology out there, that it’s kind of crazy to not embrace it like you are doing. Way to go. I really respect that.


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