Stain Removers

Updated on June 09, 2008
A.R. asks from Independence, MO
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I have two year old twins so you can only imagine how dirty their clothes can get. Does anyone have a suggestion for a stain remover. I have tried a few different brands but none that I am happy with.

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R.S.

answers from St. Louis on

I have the same problem and would love to hear and advice on stain removers. I use Oxy Clean and that works well on grape juice, jelly, wine, etc. but many things it doesn't work on. It could be that I don't get to laundry right away and stains have time to set in. The great thing about Oxy Clean is that even if grape juice has been on the clothes a few days it gets it out. Very cool.

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R.D.

answers from Kansas City on

This might sound strange, but I use Prell shampoo. I don't know why, but that specific brand works wonders on stains! My sister told me about it. She uses it to clean her husband's work clothes that get VERY dirty, greasy and stained. I got a bottle at Wal-Mart and tried it on an ink stain I got from a hand stamp at a concert that 'ruined' a very nice light green shirt. I had tried many stain removers but nothing worked. I put Prell on it and rubbed it in then washed as normal and now there is NO TRACE of a stain left (you can't even tell where it might have been) and it did not discolor the shirt at all.

I will swear by it and have used it many times on my son's stained clothes and bibs and it works EVERY time.

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J.H.

answers from Kansas City on

Pinesol & dawn. Mix small amount of the pinesol with enough dawn to make a gummy solution. Scrub it on the stains and wash like regular laundry. It sounds crazy but its awesome!

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T.N.

answers from Kansas City on

Bless you sweet wonderful Mamma of twins! (I have twin brothers 3-1/2 years younger than me...)

Here's my trick: ALL makes a "color safe bleach" liquid detergent, it comes in a bright blue bottle. Pre-treat any really bad spots with it directly beforehand. Then, toss the load in the wash with enough water so the clothes are not crowded. Use the detergent a little generously and let this sit and soak overnight. (I just leave the lid up while it's filling - my machine won't agitate with the lid open. When I get up in the morning I just close the lid and let the cycles run.)

I get just about everything out this way. Hope that helps you!

T.

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C.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Hello,
I use Shout gel to put directly on the stain and then when I go to wash the clothes I put a scoop of Oxy Clean in the washing machine. It does work and it does not bleach the clothes. Sometimes, I will have to put one or two pieces of my son's clothes through twice but it does get the stains out. I am so glad that I experimented and found this combo!

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E.R.

answers from St. Louis on

I like the Oxi Clean Free. Mr. clean has a stain remover that mixes with oxi clean to for intense spot treatment. But my husband likes to chide me for being bad at stains. Maybe he shouldn't get so dirty.

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J.C.

answers from St. Louis on

I don't know if they still carry it, but I used Mother's Little Miracle from Burlington Coat factory on all of my son's clothes and they were never left with a stain. It came in a squirt bottle, but I put it in a spray bottle so it would go further. A friend of mine kept a diaper pail with water & BIZ in it & as soon as they took the soiled clothes off that's where they went & soaked until they washed them (obviously you have to watch what colors you mix)& this worked for them. Good Luck ! I always hated to see their little clothes get ruined (they're expensive for short amount of wear they get)

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J.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Oxyclean....I use it daily to get stains out and love it.

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C.M.

answers from Kansas City on

I use era liquid laundy detergent. I have not had a spot not removed yet! What I do is use it as a pre-treater. I put it directly on the spot rub it in and then put it in the laundry basket to be washed. Era has those enzyme fighting agents in it and it has taken grass stains, blood,when my daughter was a baby it took care of spit up spots, formula leaks,food that didn't make it to her mouth and even the messes when her diaper exploded.

C.

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T.D.

answers from Springfield on

I've found this great stuff called "SUN Cloro Safe non-chlorine Bleach citrus scent" that's what it says on the box. The box is bright orange and I buy it @ the Dollar Tree in Springfield for $1.00! I love it! I let my sons clothes soak for about 15-20 minutes and they come out sooooooo clean and bright! (Even my husband commented on how much brighter the clothes were coming out---I know--unheard of, hehehe) And it's made right here in the U.S.A. There are also other SUN products that I started using due to how well this worked and I'm happy with all of them so far.

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H.M.

answers from Jonesboro on

If you are looking for something that is inexpensive, try vinegar. It has quite a few uses beyond just removing stains.

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M.B.

answers from St. Louis on

I know how you feel. I have 3 young children of my own. I know of a couple of great products from a company called melaleuca. The pre spot and sol u mel work great on getting stains out of the laundry, and the best part is that they are all natural, so they aren't harmful to you or your family. Melaleuca has many other all natural products for your home. If you would like to know how to get these products you can e-mail me at [email protected]____.com and feel free to check out the companys website at www.melaleuca.com. These are great products! I know I feel a lot safer knowing that I am using all natural products in my home. Please feel free to contact me anytime.

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J.H.

answers from St. Louis on

have you tried shout advance? its in a blue bottle and I love it!! When you put the clothes in the laundry just go ahead and shout advance them and just leave them!! You can leave it on for up to a week and it won't hurt the clothes. I pulled out a bunch of clothes from when my daughter was 1(she is almost 5) and some of them had stains so I put the shout advance on them and almost every single stain came out- even after 4 years!! Good luck!

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S.D.

answers from Topeka on

I use the huge bottle of Shout that you can get at sam's club I like it it doesn't alway's seem to get the stains completely out but that is my fault to if I would rinse the clothes with water then spray it on the item it does much better.I also bought a Tide spin brush and it came with a lil bottle of Tide I use that too and love it.I have 2 kiddo's who love the outdoor's so i have to stay on top of their good clothes or they'll all turn into play one's

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S.G.

answers from St. Louis on

I like to use Oxiclean spray instead of the powder. I get it at Walmart, though they are frequently out of it. I put it on before I wash the clothes, but then if a stain hasn't come out, I will spray some more on the stain and let it sit for a day or two, then wash it again and usually by the time I go to wash it a second time the stain is already gone. I have only had it bleach out the color once or twice, usually on something that I kept trying to get a stain out of that would have come out anyways. I have also used the spray n wash pretreater stick (it looks like a gaint chapstick)before I even throw the clothes in the hamper and many of the stains don't even get set in. Thanks for asking the question too. I am going to use some of the ideas from other responders. I have four children ages 9 1/2 months to six years old. They are forever getting spots on their clothes, especially my oldest and her white uniform shirts!

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E.O.

answers from St. Louis on

Zout (red bottle) in the laundry isle. It will get out anything, but it's especially good on red stains! I was lucky enough to get a few bottles as a shower gift and I've been hooked! You can get this kind at Schnucks (Dierbergs also I think)

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B.G.

answers from St. Louis on

Yes! There is a product called Fels Naptha. It's in a bar form, and it's usually hidden down on the bottom shelf or corner in the grocery or drug stores. I usually find it with either the bar soaps or laundry items. It's less than $2/bar and it lasts FOREVER! You just wet the bar and rub it on the stains prior to washing. I have used it to remove blood, grass stains, just about everything! Just be careful how much you use if you're using it on dark colored clothing, as it sometimes will take some of the color out of the fabric as well. Good luck!

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K.F.

answers from Columbia on

I use OxiClean located in the laundry detergent aisle at Walmart. The only trick I follow is to let it set in for about 5 minutes before washing the clothing. I have a 2 and 3 year old and use it daily. I've also tried it on our carpeting for pet stains. Hope this helps!

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B.S.

answers from Kansas City on

I just bought some Shout Advance because Spray N Wash wasn't getting my stains out. It worked great! My daughter spilled some taco meat on her white shorts yesterday (stupid me!) and I used that Shout on it and threw them in her hamper. Today when I put some of her pj's in the hamper I noticed the stain was out of the shorts! It's great!

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A.R.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi, A.! I know it's not environmentally sound, but Zout (like someone else mentioned before) is awesome. I love telling this story: My MIL gave me a handmade crocheted bib that had been used by my husband 30 years before. However it had a 30 year-old formula spit-up stain on it that she said she had tried soaking years before in bleach and had scrubbed like crazy to get out when he was a baby. I used Zout, and it came clean! A similar story: I needed to get a 16 year-old stain out of my sister's white dress that my daughter was going to wear for her 1st Communion. I used a combination of Zout and Melaleuca's pre-stain and it came out, too! Also, I want to say that with both of these items, I sometimes let the stain fighter soak into the fabrinc for a couple of days, would wash, then pre-treat again, all before drying since I've heard that once it's gone through the dryer that the heat sets the stain, but it was worth the extra work to me. Good luck!

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M.W.

answers from Kansas City on

I have tried everything and the only thing that has worked for me is Dreft stain remover. I usually only see it at Target so you might check there. Before I found it I used Dawn which also works great on greasy type stains.

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V.B.

answers from Kansas City on

Cascade dishwashing soap

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Y.B.

answers from Kansas City on

Try using peroxide & a stain remover that you can pre-treat them with. Congrats! You almost have a graduate in your home, I know that has to feel grrrreat! Good luck & God Bless!

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L.C.

answers from St. Louis on

I personally love Shout and something called Grease Lightening. The Grease Lightening works on TONS of things!! I keep both bottles in the laundry room and an extra bottle in the bathroom. the grease lightening is in a yello and black bottle usually able to find it at Walmart. Hope it helps!!

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V.P.

answers from Kansas City on

Have you tried Simple Green? It works wonders!

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D.R.

answers from St. Louis on

I use Zout. It works on just about everything. It even removed old baby formula stains from my kids' baby clothes!

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R.D.

answers from Wichita on

I purchased a product called Stainarator (not to be confused with another product called Stainerator) at a trade show and it works wonders. I originally bought it to get urine smells out of my carpet, and it worked. When my boys were born I started using it on their clothes if they had a diaper blowout, and it was great. I will be ordering some online when I run out because the home show I bought it at last year did not have it this year.

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C.W.

answers from Kansas City on

I find Clorox Oxi Magic spray to be the absolute best, hands down. Also, if something is badly stained, just do not put it through the dryer (throw it over the drying rack), and spray the spot every time you wash it. This product is not carried at Target (Oxi Clean brand has a lock on the market at Target, and I find their spray treater to be much less effective), so I get it at Price Chopper.

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J.S.

answers from St. Louis on

oxiclean. Let the clothes soak in it a bit before continuing the washing cycle. works like a charm everytime for me and I have 3 kids.

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J.R.

answers from St. Louis on

I am the master of stain removal and laundry. Pre-soak in oxyclean and warm/hot water. Then when washing use oxyclean, borax and Tide in every load. If you have a really tough stain let it soak in oxyclean overnight in a bucket or rub lemon juice on the spot and let it sit out in the sun.

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G.N.

answers from St. Louis on

Try adding baking soda and salt to the wash cycle. Or you can get a stain stick that gets stains out called spray n wash

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S.T.

answers from St. Louis on

Try Melaleuca's PreSpot. Go to Melaleuca.com to order. It gets anything out, and has more natural ingredients so it is safer around kids.

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C.A.

answers from Springfield on

Oxy Clean is amazing. I add it to every load. For tough stains I have a bucket in my laundry room. I add hot or cold water depending on the stain and a scoop or two of Oxy Clean and let it sit over night and then wash like normal. I have yet to not be able to get a stain out! It gets grass stains, red clay, blood, poop etc out every time!

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D.R.

answers from Kansas City on

Hi-
Not sure if you've tried Oxy Clean Laundry Spray yet. It's worked for me and I have a very acitve 3 year old and very active 2 year old. If the stain doesn't come out after the first wash (which it usually does) before I put it in the dryer I will spray it again and wash again and then it definatley comes out. Hope this helps!

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K.O.

answers from Wichita on

A.,
I too have twins - two boys! So, I know about stains! Biz bleach is a lifesaver and takes out about anything that the boys get into each day. Good luck! Kati

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E.L.

answers from St. Louis on

I know many of the responses have been about Oxyclean, however, that can get expensive. I use Goop, which is found at Wal-Mart, Target, or any Auto store. Mechanics use it to clean their hands. Goop is very inexpensive.
I have used it on every stain possible and absolutely love it.

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M.J.

answers from Kansas City on

I use a floor cleaning product called Folex- you can get it at Walmart right next to the Resolve carpet cleaners. It works awesome! You just spray it on a stain, rub it in and wash as normal. I have also used Biz Bleach and I have been really happy with it, too (and it doesn't bleach your colors!). I especially like the Biz if I'm doing a load that has several stained items- you can just dump in a cup of the detergent and leave it!

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C.G.

answers from St. Louis on

There was one that I loved called Nursery Stain Remover. It looked a lot like the Dreft stain remover bottle, but I'm pretty sure it was just called "Nursery Stain Remover". It has a pink label on a white bottle. I loved it because it got out everything from spit up stains to food stains, etc.

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T.B.

answers from Kansas City on

I really like Shout Action Gel. I've tried Zout but found that the Shout Action Gel works better.

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C.S.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi A., My experience has been that SHOUT spray seems to get out virtually any kind of stain, long after dried and seemingly set in!

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S.R.

answers from Kansas City on

The best product I have found is SHOUT. I have tried them all and this works the best for me. I have used it since my daughter who is now 5 was born.

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E.M.

answers from Kansas City on

Hello! I have the most awesome neighbor and best friend who introduced to me a product called Fels-Naptha Soap. It comes in a bar and you just rub it over the stain with cold water and presto - the chocolate that was on my son's brand new white shirt was gone! I had tried 3 other stain removers on it already to no avaiil. Anyway the point is that this stuff is awesome and it works with out bleaching out any color from your clothes. It is available at Dollar General Stores and I believe also at Walmart. Its also cheap, around $3 for a bar if I remember correctly. It last a long time which is a good thing when you have kids - especially our kids who love to play in mud. Good luck! E.

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K.T.

answers from St. Louis on

I use Nature Bright by Shaklee. I have a 6 yo a 3yo and 6 month old boys. So we see plenty of stains. It is great at getting grass stains out even iodine. I loved their products so much I became a distributor. If you want to check out their products you can go to www.shaklee.net/K.-thomas . All of their products are natural and safe.

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W.H.

answers from Springfield on

The Oxiclean that's in spray form in the laundry section has worked wonders for me. I haven't found a stain yet it couldn't remove. I've also heard that the big tubs of the powder form works great in the washing machine too. Good Luck!

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A.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Good luck! I have twins too, boys age 4, and two other kids. I have spent so much on stain removers and cleaners, sometimes its cheaper to buy new clothes. lol. The only trick I do know that has worked a couple times I read in a remedy book to put toothpaste on blood stains. Someone at my house is always getting boo-boos. I hope you have better luck finding something that I have.

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L.H.

answers from St. Louis on

My kids are grown now but I used to use these stain removers from a company called Carbona. I believe I got them at Schnuck's or Wal-Mart. They come in small yellow bottles and have different formulas for different stains such as blood / milk (formula), catsup / sauces, grass, fat / oil, etc. They worked great. I also like the powdered Oxyclean or the blue spray bottle is good too.

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M.W.

answers from Kansas City on

I use Dreft stain remover (not the detergent). It works wonders. Even after the stain has set!!! It got a red popsicle out of my daughters white shirt the other day. I find it at Walmart in the baby department!!!

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K.M.

answers from St. Louis on

de-solve it. it is awsome and it will take out stains even after they have been through the dryer. it takes a little extra work but worth it if it is some nice clothes. you can check your local stores or go to the website www.orange-sol.com and look for de-solve it and they will tell you were you can find it.

K.

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S.U.

answers from Kansas City on

I wash with tide and add oxy for heavier staind clothes. For really tuff spots, I really like using Woolight Carpet cleaning spray or Resolve carpet spray--they just work a lot better for me than regular laundry spot remover. Hope this helps. If you like to scrapbook or stamp please visit my website sometime. This month BuY 2 stamps, get 1 FREE! http://www.stephanieuhde.myctmh.com

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Y.I.

answers from St. Louis on

I feel your pain. I have 7 yr old twin girls and a 10yr old girl who is messier than them put together. I swear by Clorox 2 Color safe bleach. I am a stain freak. Can't stand them and will not allow them! I just pour some in the cap and use a tooth brush to apply it to the stain. You can also put it in a squirt bottle and just spray it on. I like to brush it in to insure that the stain is penetrated. I leave it overnight and wash it the next day. It works on everything!Even stains you've missed and have gone through the dryer already! hope this helps! Y.

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K.W.

answers from Kansas City on

I have a no-fail stain-removal cocktail:
Zout pretreater
Oxyclean in the prewash cycle of the machine
Tide liquid detergent.
Works every time.

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A.S.

answers from Kansas City on

Baby Oxy spray. It works wonders.

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M.D.

answers from St. Louis on

ZOUT - I use it on everything from grass stains, chocolate,
ink, marker, blood, grease, barbque sauce, make-up - it works wonders! It takes just about everything out.

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H.S.

answers from St. Louis on

I used to use Shout, but the stains got so many and so big that it became impossible to individually stain treat each shirt. I use Oxyclean for every load with liquid detergent. Bleach in the whites. Vinegar in the bleach container for colors and towels. I only use the Vinegar when the cycle is full of my kids stained clothes and then an extra rinse. It not only gets every little gummy, jelly, and gooey thing off the clothes it cleans the washer, too.

Shout, Vinegar, and Bleach can all be bought at Sam's in bulk. Vinegar and Bleach can clean everything in your house and that cuts how many products you have to buy.

Also, try switching to liquid detergent if you are using powder. It dissolves better in cold water and really gets stains out and clothes cleaner.

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K.A.

answers from Kansas City on

Put a scoop of Oxy Clean in a bowl or a small bucket and fill with cold water, put the clothes in and let them sit overnight. It really works...I recently got out large red stains from my sons clothes doing this and the stains just disappeared by morning...Its amazing!! Good luck

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R.H.

answers from St. Louis on

As a mother of 8 (ages 6-23), I've seen many stains. My best success on their removal was after finding out about Nature Bright. Check out our Nature Bright Laundry Booster and Stain Remover. It does wonders. Go to www.shaklee.net/hooks_wellness click on "Shopping", then "Home Care", then "Get Clean Laundry". While you are there, check out all of our products; with no hazardous chemicals they are healthy for your entire family and the environment.

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A.B.

answers from Wichita on

i use shout for about 6 years on my daughters it always does the job.

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C.J.

answers from Springfield on

I keep a bottle of Dawn dish washing liquid and a box of Clorox 2 powder in my laundry room. I put the Dawn straight onto the stain and then rub some of the powder into it and wash it. This works very well. Recently, my duaghter washed a load of laundry with a pair of her jeans in it that had two Dove chocoalte bars in the pocket. After the load came out of the dryer, EVREYTHING was covered in chocolate burn marks. A friend said she'd heard that you could make a pretreat soak by using 1 cup of Clorox 2 powder and 1 cup of dishwasher detergent (I used a generic). I just threw the load in, added water, and sprinkled the above in not measuring. In a matter of minutes it was all coming out...clean as ever. Ammonia also works well to loosen dirt and release it from the fabric. You can just add a cup to your load. When I'm dealing with a serious amount of dirt, I often begin with this, and move on if it doesn't help. I rarely have a stain that won't come out, but occasionally it happens.

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K.M.

answers from St. Louis on

I use GOOP hand cleaner on all the kids and husband very dirty clothes, if it is caught before putting in washer. Use a bit, rub in well, toss in washer, look before putting in dryer, if still there try again.
This goop hand cleaner is usually found in automotive, works great on grease, mud, and blood.

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A.C.

answers from Kansas City on

try soaking them in Biz...it totally works. I also use Biz and make a paste out of it by mixing it with a little water. You can also try Totally Toddler stain remover, they sell it at Babies R Us.

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