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Last updated: 27 February 2024


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Our expert testers give every pre-treat and soaker stain remover a thorough trial to find the products that:

  • are best at general stain removal
  • work well on 10 common and difficult-to-remove stains, including sweat, grass and oil
  • are best for specific stains.

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

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Our interactive comparison tool shows you which stain removers claim to be septic safe, biodegradable and antibacterial, as well as how they compare to washing with a laundry detergent only. 


Just like our washing machine reviews, our Recommended list will show you at a glance which products come out on top.

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          • Grass/mud score
          • Olive oil (cooking oil) score
          • Blood score
          • Tomato score
          • Mineral oil score
          • Chocolate ice cream score
          • Baby food score
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