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Best Stain Removers [plus ingredients list]

We’ve all had stains occur, and we hope for the best. Fresh stains are something we see happen on a regular basis. The greatest method to ensure that the stain does not return is to treat it with a stain remover beforehand. However, given the infinite variety of fibers and stain-causing materials available, even the best stain remover bars can struggle treating stain removal quickly and effectively.

Other times, we may not be aware of stains that occur. So, pre-treating stains them BEFORE they get to the dryer is imperative. The heat from an electric dryer can set stains in permanently or make them even harder to remove.

Let’s take a look at some of the best laundry stain removers available in liquid and bars.

What is the best clothes stain remover? 

Here are four top stain removers…

Tide To Go: Most people are familiar with and prefer Tide To Go because of its orange color, pen-like form, and ease of use. It’s small and portable, so it’s easy to bring with you in your car, handbags, backpack, or briefcase. Because the container is made of plastic and holds only .33 fluid ounces so there is not very much product inside the container, especially if you use stain remover quite often. Tide To Go is not recommended on leather.

LOOK at the ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol Butyl Ether, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Alcohol, Sodium Citrate, Magnesium Sulfate, C10-16 Alkyldimethylamine Oxide, 3,4,5-Trimethoxybenzoic Acid, Fragrances.

The Laundress Stain Solution: This is a stain remover that is free of petrochemicals, phosphates, phthalates, artificial color, and no animal by-products. The 16-ounce plastic bottle claims to have up to 200 applications.

LOOK at the ingredients: Concentrated blend of plant-derived anionic and nonionic surfactants. (That is all it said on their website)


OxiClean Max Force Gel Stain Remover Stick: This intensive gel solution is available in a plastic tube and stays put while you work it into the fibers. The nubs on the head of the plastic tube allow you to massage the gel into the strands.

LOOK at the ingredients: Water, C12-15 alcohols ethoxylated, Propylene glycol, Sodium borate, Citric acid, Alkyl imino dipropionic acid, monosodium salt, Modified acrylic copolymer, Sodium hydroxide, Fragrances, Protease enzyme, Amylase enzyme, Benzisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Mannanase enzyme, Calcium chloride.


Tangie Stain Remover Bar: A stain remover made from plants. Let the plants battle the plants! This bar removes set-in stains, as well as new grass, mud, grease, blood, and more. Cut the bar into smaller bits and keep a piece in your desk drawer, tuck on into your backpack or purse and take a piece when ou travel A little goes along way, so this bar will last a long time! This solid stain remover bar comes wrapped in paper, is easy to hold, easy to rub on stained fabric and store.

LOOK at the ingredients: Coconut oil, Water, saponified sodium hydroxide, lemon juice, borax.

More than just clothes.

The best clothes stain removers can also be used around the house. Use on carpets, drapes, dog bedding, towels are just a few areas that come to mind. Just because a stain remover is marketed for clothes does not mean it is limited to clothes.

Why packaging matters.

The packaging of laundry stain removers is something to think about, as well as the amount of waste generated as a result of that packaging. The product container may be simple to care for or store, but the plastic waste left behind after it has run out is something your children or grandchildren will have to deal with. Only you can decide what is important to you, packaging or ingredients, or both.

According to The Environmental Protection Agency, packaging waste makes up about 30% of our total waste in the United States. That is a large percentage of our waste! We can improve that statistic with small shifts in the way we shop. We do not have to change everything overnight. On your next purchase of a stain remover bar, choose to buy a zero packaging option or a plastic free packaging option. Every purchase counts and can be a count in the right direction.

How can you remove stains from garments that have been cleaned?

The sort of stain is important, but a set in stain has its own problems. We usually want washing detergent to be able to remove the stains from our clothes when we put them in the washer with them.

It won’t get the stains out if they’re old or set in from being washed, or worse still, have already been put through the dryer. Heat and effective stain removal are not a good mix. The heat from the dryer can exacerbate stains and make them even more difficult to remove, regardless of which stain remover brand you select.

Even the best stain remover can struggle against set in stains. If you have a stain that has gone through the washer or dryer before you noticed it, try applying a bit of laundry soap to the stain, then treat it with a concentrated stain remover. It might give the added boost you need to remove that stain.

Pre-treat is KEY!

If you see a stain when you take your clothes off or remove it from the drawer, treat the stain right then. Most likely that stain will get missed when its time to drop a full load of clothes into the washing machine.

Having a stain bucket in your laundry room is very handy!  You may not have time to treat a stain when you see it, so having a space for those items to be in the meantime can give you the best chance at removing stains before they set in. Toss the stain item in to the bucket and treat all the items before they get washed.

Most bakeries and sandwich shops have buckets they are happy to give away. The cake icing bucket from your grocery store bakery is the perfect size. Usually they come in 2.5 gallon size and even has a handle on it. You can hang the bucket out of your way when not in use, which works great, especially when there is limited floor space for storage.

I hope this post about the best stain removers is helpful for you. Keeping clothes looking nice longer is also a wonderful way to get more value for the money spent on clothes.



Angie Ringler

Written by Angie Ringler. Hi! I am the founder of Tangieco. I am a dedicated advocate for sustainable living and eco-conscious choices. A self proclaimed tree hugger.

I write to inspire and empower you to embrace a greener lifestyle. Through articles, innovative products, and a commitment to showing you ways to eliminate harmful chemicals from the products around you.

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