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This is why we can't have nice things! The best pre-wash stain fighters.

Consumer Reports tests the products on everything from coffee to baby food, mustard and lipstick.

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 Wash.

CR tasked the stain removers with typical - yet difficult- stains. CR uses fourteen swatches - each saturated with a different stain - things like 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.

This instrument - a colorimeter - measures the color of the stained fabric swatches before and after treatment with the stain removers. An additional test was done by comparing the stain removers to two of CR’s top-rated liquid laundry detergents.

CR 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. CR 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: 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.

Pen Ink.

Put down paper towels on a flat surface.
Using Consumer Report’s favorite stain remover, Amodex, cover the stain and work in with a toothbrush-- try not to spread the stain, simply get the remover in there.

The paper towels actually absorb all the ink. Wash the stained item with cold water and you should be good to wash the item like normal.