What to Use for Stains of Any Kind? Here's My Thoughts, What're Yours?

I use dawn and shout. I don't think you can have a better combination. It gets out grease, Some fading of colors , orange mud and so much more. I won't wash clothes without either one.

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  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Feb 19, 2017
    Wait, you use them together?? Awesome! I will try that...

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 19, 2017
    No way! That's really handy to know, thanks!!!

  • TrishR TrishR on Feb 19, 2017
    I get Zout at Walmart and it's Awesome! In fact it just worked to get a cooking grease stain out of my favorite white pants. I sprayed it in that night and two days later when I went to wash I went to spray in more and the stain was already gone! Funny thing is, a guy that works at Walmart actually told me to try it as I was checking prices on items in the laundry area. He said it has gotten out black grease and ink out of his clothes and it was great! He's right and I even got grass and blood stain out too! Zout is better than oxyclean and Shout for certain!

    • 9530106 9530106 on Feb 20, 2017
      I agree ZOUT is great! I used it all the time when boys were little. :) Now I just use a squirt of dish detergent on a grease spot if need be. I don't buy Dawn, I just whatever I have, and it all works. Also a little ammonia will work.

  • Jan Koelsch Jan Koelsch on Feb 19, 2017
    Thanks for the information. Sometimes laundry soap like Tide doesn't work on stains, especially grease. What is the amount you use-50/50?

  • Paulette Paulette on Feb 20, 2017
    I just washed my red winter jacket that was really dirty. I rubbed dawn on the collar area that rubs my oily face and also sprayed on some shout. The cuffs were really dirty and I mostly used shout. The collar came really clean, but the right cuff wasn't clean enough. I need to go shopping this week and I'll have to pick up some zout and see if I can get ink off my sweatshirt. I have usually used dawn on grease spots that I never seem to notice until they come out of the dryer. Dawn will still work. Just put the dawn on the spots and rub in with a little water.

  • Kjarvie Kjarvie on Feb 22, 2017
    I buy gallon jugs of awesome at dollar tree. Put in a spray bottle. Nothing it won't get out. Never had any fading.

  • Dianna Dianna on Feb 23, 2017
    I have found VO5 shampoo works very well on red clay stains as well as grease stains. I keep it in my laundry room for around the collar, wrists and those annoying whoops grease stains, tomato sauce on the front of your shirt. It is cheap $.98 at walmart. Just yesterday I used it to remove what looked like black oil stains from my light tan carpet. It worked! I have tried several carpet cleaners to no avail. I have looked at that stain for years so yesterday I tried dilluted vo5 and a scrub brush. Rinsed with clear water and a cloth then soaked up as much moisture as I could. Just wanted to pass that on.

    • Jody Jody on Feb 27, 2017
      I love reading all these suggestions. People are using chemistry and not realizing it. i have polypropylene fiber carpet, light grey Berber, it's a very tight weave design and extremely difficult to get good suction to pull out the water. There hasn't been anything I couldnt get out over the last 27 years. 😬

      But soap. That has been the bane of my my ownership. Over the years I've tried everything known to man to clean my floors. I've had them professionally cleaned 5 times. Four of them I had to go behind them later, rent one of those heavy things at the grocery and spend 2 days rinsing and emptying and refilling the water tanks. Getting the soaps or detergents out. Detergents attract dirt like crazy. It's like they suck it out of the air.

      The last time was steam cleanzing. The guy came back 2 weeks later and steamed again. They were almost shiny clean 😊. As the water evaporates it carries dust, dirt, whatever up toward the top of the fibers. Now that I understand the 2 step method and why and how it works I've used only water and a cleaner that has no detergents.

      Oxyclean, baking soda, peroxide. If you need to use a detergent for grease just realize you'll need to rinse out the detergent several times. I put vinegar in the rinse water to make that go faster.

      Got my bottle of vo5 and added to the arsenal. Great tip. Thanks.

  • Patricia Stephens Patricia Stephens on Feb 23, 2017
    I will have to try all of these great ideas.