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Last updated: 10 January 2018

When you spill your lunch down your top (it's bound to happen one day), you'll need a trusty stain remover in your arsenal. We lab test and review the latest products to help you find the best stain remover for you. Read how we test stain removers to see how we get the results. 

Did you know CHOICE tests more than just stain removers? Check out our top 50 reviews.

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Our test covers spray stain removers and compares them to washing with:

  • water
  • water and a mid-tier laundry detergent
  • mid-tier detergent mixed into a slurry and applied to stains, with extra detergent in the wash as well.

Our expert testers give every stain remover a thorough trial to find the products that:

  • perform the best for stain removal
  • work well on 10 common and difficult-to-remove stains
  • are best for specific stains.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you easily see which stain removers claim to be septic safe, biodegradable and antibacterial as well as how they compare to washing with a mid-tier laundry detergent only. Just like our washing machine reviews, our recommended list will help you see quickly which products come out on top.

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Perspiration

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According to our Product Use Survey, perspiration stains are the most common experienced in your households. This result accounts for 25% of the overall score.

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According to our Product Use Survey, grass/mud stains are common in your households. This result accounts for 20% of the overall score. 

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Olive oil (cooking oil)

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According to our Product Use Survey, cooking oil stains are common in your households. This score accounts for 20% of the overall score. 

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