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Stain remover reviews

Last updated: 16 April 2019

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. 

Note: All products in this test have been tested as pre-wash treatment stain removers.

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Our test covers spray, powder and gel stain removers (testing them as pre-treaters) and compares them to washing with:

  • water only
  • water and a mid-tier laundry detergent

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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    We've tested a range of popular spray, spray can (aerosol), powder, gel and liquid stain removers. All products have been tested as pre-wash treaters.

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