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Stain removers abound, all guaranteeing spotless results on the first try. The reality? When it comes to getting out stubborn food stains, almost none of them work.
We tested 7 top-selling national laundry stain removers to find the best one:
OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover
Tide Ultra Stain Release
Resolve Spray & Wash Laundry Stain Remover
Zout Laundry Stain Remover
Shout Trigger Triple-Acting Formula
Clorox 2 Stain Remover & Color Booster Liquid
Resolve Max Power Gel with Scrubnubs
We focused on tougher stains. To each white T-shirt and piece of blue cotton fabric, we applied measured samples of six foods that make stubborn stains: melted dark chocolate, hot bacon fat, yellow mustard, black tea, a puree of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, and pureed blueberries. We would pit each stain remover against this array while noting its ease of use.
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