Best laundry stain removers

Stains are inevitable so that’s why Consumer Reports just compared several different concentrated, spray-on stain removers from Oxi Clean, Shout and Spray n

Consumer Reports tasked the stain removers with typical, yet difficult stains.

Consumer Reports uses 14 swatches each saturated with a different stain: Coffee, chocolate ice cream, grass, blood, gravy, cherry juice, lipstick, baby food,
used motor oil and mustard.

Testers spray half of each piece of stained fabric with the stain remover, rub the stain remover into the stain, let it soak in for 5 minutes or overnight and then wash them with a normal load of laundry.

An instrument - a colorimeter - measures the color of the stained fabric swatches before and after treatment with the stain removers.

Testers use a colorimeter.

An additional test was done by comparing the stain removers to two of Consumer Reports' top-rated liquid laundry detergents.

Consumer Reports took some of the best detergents and applied them to the swatches, rubbed them into the stain and then put them in the laundry and washed them.

Consumer Reports found out that some of these detergents did better than a lot of the stain removers.

In fact, only one of the stain removers performed better than the two laundry detergents.

It's the OxiClean Max Force Spray.

Or consider the top-rated Tide Plus Ultra Stain Release or Persil Pro-Clean Stain Fighter regular detergents.

Both came close to the cleaning power of the OxiClean Spray.

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