Make Your Own DIY Stain Bucket

I’m a fan of the Oxi Clean.  A big fan.  It helps get stains out of everything a 5-year-old boy can possibly stain, which is to say it gets stains out of everything.

stain buckets

I don’t just add Oxi Clean to my laundry, I have a stain bucket in my laundry room at all times, filled with a scoop of detergent and some hot water.  I just throw in whatever mess Charming has currently made out of his clothes, let it soak a day, or two, or three, until I’m fairly sure the stain is on its way out before I throw it in the laundry.

I have yet to have my laundry stain bucket fail me.

I want to know your tricks, your tips, your laundry helping ideas.  We’re headed into Kindergarten in a few weeks and I have a feeling I’ll need all the laundry tips I can get.

–I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive Campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Frigidaire and received a Frigidaire Refrigerator, Range/Microwave, Washer/Dryer set, and a Dishwasher to facilitate my review.



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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Linda Hofacker :

    Kuddos for you for the new appliances! I love OxiClean as well – about the only thing that does make whites whiter! :)

    • Allison :

      Thank you!

      Yes, unfortunately having a son who’s as busy as mine means everything is perpetually stained, or in the process of being stained.

  2. Mary Ann :

    You make me need a glass jar and some oxi-clean.

    • Allison :

      You NEED a glass jar with Oxi Clean, it makes laundry more fun.

  3. Marianne Firth :

    Ha! I have that exact bucket in red that I use for the exact same purpose. Super-soaking my stuff in OxiClean. I also keep a spray bottle of Shout hanging on our laundry hamper so I can spray stuff before I throw it in. My laundry tends to sit for a while before I get to it.

    • Allison :

      So funny. Love it.

      I should have a spray bottle next to my hamper too, so smart. Not that I ever delay laundry, *AHEM* ever.

  4. Emily :

    I love the stain bucket idea! And Oxi Clean is THE BEST!

    • Allison :

      I’d think you of all people would already have one, Miss Organization.

  5. Rachel :

    I’m probably being completely stupid but do you fill the bucket with the one scoop of OxiClean or your normal detergent? How much hot water do you put in as well?

    • Allison :

      I put about a scoop of Oxi Clean and a little bit of laundry detergent with a ton of water. Not stupid at all.

  6. Leslie :

    Way late, but WHERE did you get the bucket? Love this idea. I, too, have a 5yr old who stains everything. And a 2yr old who has the same knack for stains. And no utility sink to soak in. wah!