Out, Out, Damned Stains | Reader's Digest

Out, Out, Damned Stains

Why struggle with an untested stain removal tip, or cry over stains that won't budge? Here's what really works on clothes and carpets.

from Reader's Digest | November 2011

Clothing Stains© James Woodson/Photodisc/Thinkstock

For what you wear:
Among pretreatment stain removers, Resolve ($3.29) came out on top in a recent Consumer Reports test. It “ably attacked coffee, blood, wine, sebum, grass, and motor oil,” says the magazine.

For what you walk on:
The new Stomp ‘N Go pads from Bissell ($4.99 for five) get a rave review from Good Housekeeping. Place one of the thin pads over a stain, stomp on it to release the stain-removing liquid, and let it sit. It removed red wine from a white carpet in two hours in the Good Housekeeping Research Institute test. Spaghetti sauce faded after 24 hours.

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