I like to think I've grown in wisdom slightly since then, (although I wouldn't trust myself too much!), but it's good for me sometimes to buckle down and figure out WHAT REALLY WORKS!!! I decided to start with my stain removers. I've soaked, sprayed and rubbed through the years but always with doubt of which would work better, so I decided to put it to a final test.
Obviously this is not an exhaustive list, it just covers what I happened to have on hand (plus one borrowed from my mom). I started with six contestants......
And two formidable foes....
and grass stains!!!
Numbers 3-6 I treated by spraying or rubbing in, while numbers 1 and 2 soaked for 30 minutes.
While I would love to say the results were simple and clear, I would be lying. (The results also did not photograph well so bear with me!).
The grass stains varied from no stain left at all......
To hardly noticing it had been washed.
Cleanest to dirtiest it went~
OxiClean Gel Stick
The tomato sauce differences were not as stark. They all faded significantly, but some still clearly showed a stain, while others faded almost entirely. I inverted these photos because it helped them show up better!
Here is the clean one with no stain left.....
The order for the best tomato sauce cleaner went~
OxiClean Gel stick
Overall, I think I would stick with PreSpot which is a natural and non-toxic cleaner. I'm definitely NOT soaking for grass stains as that did not work at all. And I guess I'll have stop trusting Shout for my food stains. Maybe this study wasn't completely conclusive, but I will feel more confidant in my stain fighting choices from here on out!
Don't forget!!! Boiling water for berry stains and jello. Cold water for blood!!!