Updated 5 Dec 2016

Water

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Snapshot: We tested removing stains with only water. But will it add new life to stained clothes?

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Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$0

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Test results

Overall score
51
Perspiration
?/10
Grass/mud
?/10
Olive oil
?/10
Collar and cuff stains
?/10
Blood
?/10

Good points

  • OK at removing grass and mud.
  • OK at removing olive oil.
  • OK at removing collar and cuff grime.
  • OK at removing motor oil.
  • OK at removing tomato.
  • Very good at removing blood.

But

  • Just OK at removing perspiration.
  • Just OK at removing chocolate ice cream.
  • Extremely poor at removing make-up.
  • Extremely poor at removing baby food.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Perspiration (25%)
Grass and mud (20%)
Olive oil (20%)
Collar and cuff (5%)
Motor oil (5%)
Chocolate ice cream (5%)
Tomato (5%)
Make-up (5%)
Baby food (5%)
Blood (5%)

All individual stain tests are performed on cotton swatches with the applicable stain applied. A reflectance reading was taken with a spectrophotometer (which measures how much light reflects off the swatches). We applied a set dose of the liquid and spray stain removers on to a swatch and let it sit for 5 minutes. For the powder stain removers, we followed the manufacturer’s instructions on mixing them with a small amount of water to make a paste, which is then applied to the swatch. We then used a front-loader washing machine on a cold cycle to wash the swatches with detergent as normal. Each detergent was tested on 4 swatches of each stain. After washing, we measured the reflectance of the swatches and compared the result to the initial reflectance to determine how well the stain was removed or disguised.

Key data

Product

Avg price
$0
Cost per 100g/ml or packet
$0
Type
Liquid
Pack size
n/a
Origin
n/a

More test results (/10)

Tomato
5.5
Motor oil
5.5
Chocolate ice-cream
5.1
Baby food
1.2
Make-up
2.4

Claims

Safe on colours
n/a
Antibacterial
n/a
Fabrics not suitable
n/a
Contain chlorine bleach
n/a
Septic tank safe
n/a
Biodegradable
n/a

More info

Notes
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