Sustainable Wardrobe Tip: How To Remove Yellow Stains On White Clothes

Caley Vitella
by Caley Vitella
3 Materials
1 Hour

Hello, stain-fighting heroes! We've all been there – that moment when your favorite white tee gets tainted with those stubborn yellow stains. Fear not, for we're about to unveil a sensational stain-busting trio: Blue Dawn Dish Soap, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Baking Soda!

Taking purposeful strides into the world of mindful home care and organization, where every action aligns with the rhythm of a sustainable lifestyle. Bid those persistent yellow stains farewell and step into the serene realm of eco-conscious clothing care.

As I embrace a slower pace and more mindful lifestyle, I am discovering more and more that there is practical magic to be found in even the most mundane of tasks. Through this lens, basic laundry transforms into a meditative practice, honoring both our garments and the planet. 


Step 1: The Dynamic Duo - Blue Dawn and Hydrogen Peroxide

Grab your white clothing and make room for the magic to unfold. Mix equal parts of Blue Dawn Dish Soap and hydrogen peroxide – the ultimate stain-fighting alliance. This dynamic duo is your first line of defense against those unsightly yellow stains. Gently rub the mixture onto the stained area, and let it work its charm for about 15 minutes. This superhero combo breaks down oils and lifts stains like nobody's business.

Fully submerge the stained area of your garment into the mixture. Just a quick dunk should do it!

Gently rub the mixture onto the stained area, and let it work its charm for about 15 minutes. This superhero combo breaks down oils and lifts stains like nobody's business.

Step 2: Baking Soda Bliss

Now, sprinkle a dash of baking soda onto the stained region. Baking soda is like the sidekick that comes in to enhance the cleaning power. It acts as a gentle abrasive, aiding in the removal of the remaining stain particles. Give it a little scrub, but don't be too harsh – we want to rescue your clothing, not rough it up!

Step 3: Set It And Forget It!

Allow your garment to rest in a bright, sunny area for at least 1 hour. The sunshine will help to bleach your garment, further whitening your clothes while killing off any bacteria. Win-Win!

Step 4: Wash & Dry

Wash your garment as usual, per the washing instructions provided on the care tag. If the stain persists when you pull your clothing out from the wash, repeat these steps again BEFORE drying the garment. Once the stain has been fully lifted, dry the garment.

Step 5: Victory Lap

Voila! Your white garment should be noticeably whiter and free from those pesky yellow stains.

There you have it, stain-busters extraordinaire! With Blue Dawn Dish Soap, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Baking Soda by your side, yellow stains on white clothing are a thing of the past. So go ahead, flaunt your stain-free whites with confidence – you've earned it!

Suggested materials:
  • Dawn Dish Soap   (Amazon / grocery store)
  • Hydrogen peroxide   (Amazon / grocery store)
  • Baking soda   (Amazon / grocery store)

The author may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

Join the conversation
4 of 5 comments
  • Carol Carol on Aug 28, 2023

    I have also become a stain warrior the last year or so. I like hydrogen peroxide and Zote soap together for stubborn stains. Another tip too when using peroxide is to hang the item in the bright sun, as it enhances the stain removing peroxide.

    • See 1 previous
    • Ginger Ginger on Aug 31, 2023

      So true. My mom taught me that when teaching me how to do laundry when I was a child in the 1950s when we had to hang all of our laundry on a clothesline outside as we didn’t have a dryer. With 5 children and 2 adults, we did a lot of laundry!

  • Suzanne Suzanne on Aug 29, 2023

    Thank you for these tips. Going to try it with my white canvas sneakers too….