What do you use on stains?

  1. I have 3 small children that are always staining their clothes with various things. What do you all use for stain remover? Have you found something that works really well? I use spray and wash but it dosen't seem to get all the stains.
  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   nurseygrrl
    Peri wash...yes, peri wash!!

    A friend of mine from work told me to use some when I spilled coffee on my uniform and it worked like a charm! I use it for all kinds of stains now.
  4. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Peri wash...yes, peri wash!!
    This DOES work! We even used to use this as a stain remover when i worked in a NH laundry. Got the stains right out of the whites.

    Clear shampoo (not color-clear, i mean actual clear) is good for removing stains, especially the greasy ones.

    The key is to never wash something stained in warm or hot water or put it in a dryer. Heat will bake a stain in, leaving no chance of removing them.
  5. by   dianah
    A lot of ppl use Oxy-Clean, or something like that.

    I wasn't as concerned about the stains . . . that's why I personally have nothing to recommend .
  6. by   night owl
    Oxi-Clean, Spray 'n Wash, Zout. They've all worked for me.
  7. by   Mimi2RN
    I use Spray and Wash, or a liquid called Soil Love. It's cheap, comes in a little green bottle, and will take out formula stains, or any of the stains babies get on their clothes from the three p's. Clorox 2 can also be a big help, if you can't use regular bleach.
  8. by   kitty29
    I tried that new bleach pen the other day on an old coffee stain, and it worked great!
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Dawn dishwashing soap or Oxyclean.

    And I hate to tell you; it does not get better as they go into their teens. Rather, the stains get even tougher on clothes that cost a HELLALOT more. You will become a STAIN EXPERT by the time they are 13, 14. Also, I found using WARM water (not hot or cold) is a real help in removing tough stains.
  10. by   barefootlady
    On some stains it is necessary to do the old fashioned presoak in tepid water and color safe bleach or dawn or oxiclean. I have used the clear shampoo, peroxide, hairspray, toothpaste, and plain soap paste as needed. Like Smiling says, it gets worse with age not better.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Good points, barefoot---I do tend to presoak things in good ole fashioned baking soda and warm water. I also use it as an adjunct to laundry detergent to make smelly laundry (like athletic clothes and dirty towels) smell sweet. Baking soda is cheap AND effective and environmentally safer than some cleaners.

    What I don't do is waste a lot of money on so-called "stain removers" and sprays ---- I use the Oxyclean only where others fail. My Oxyclean container usually is good for at least 6 mo to a year.

    OH and a GOOD washing machine that uses little water and detergent is a must (I am so glad I got mine, not only efficient, but very GOOD!) Mine uses about 1/4 the detergent and water (or less) than the agitator machines do. And it gets things clean. Worth every penny we spent.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 23, '05
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Hairspray works wonders to remove ink stains, doesn't it, Barefoot?
  13. by   camay1221_RN
    Dawn dishwashing soap and Shout stick
  14. by   Sadie04
    Baby wipes work really well on some fabrics. I spilled red wine on my yellow bridesmaid dress at my sister's wedding and baby wipes took the stain away instantly. Oxyclean also works well.