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.)