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Last updated: 06 July 2022


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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 compare the latest products to help you find the best stain remover for you. Read about how we test stain removers to find out how we get our results. 

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

Our test covers powder and liquid (soaker) stain removers and compares them to washing with water only, and water with 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.

We've partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group give to each company.

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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 quickly find out which products come out on top. Show less


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