CHOICE reveals the best and worst stain removers

There’s nothing worse than spilling sauce on your favourite dress – but a reliable stain remover can be a lifesaver when clumsiness strikes.

And to help you find the perfect product for your dirty laundry, Australian consumer group CHOICE has revealed the best and worst stain removers.

Of the 39 sprays and powders tested, the experts found some of the top performers were among the cheapest products on the market, while some of the most expensive brands failed to do the job.

And to help you find the right product for your dirty laundry, Australian consumer group CHOICE has revealed the best and worst stain removers (stock image)

And to help you find the right product for your dirty laundry, Australian consumer group CHOICE has revealed the best and worst stain removers (stock image)

And to help you find the right product for your dirty laundry, Australian consumer group CHOICE has revealed the best and worst stain removers (stock image)

‘Price is no predictor of performance,’ CHOICE said.

Two supermarket budget brands dominated the spray stain remover category, beating products selling for as much as seven times the price.

Aldi Di-San Oxy Action with Enzymes Pre Wash ($1.25) and Coles Ultra Prewash Stain Remover ($1.30) came out as strong winners tied in first place, both scoring 78 per cent.

StainGo Stain Remover Spot & Prewash ($9) was the most expensive spray on the market, but scored just 59 per cent.

Aldi Di-San Oxy Action with Enzymes Pre Wash

Score: 78% 

Cost: $1.25

Perspiration: 77%

Olive oil: 94%

Grass/mud: 75%

Blood: 76%

Tomato: 74% 

Chocolate ice cream: 83% 

Make up: 66%

Coles Ultra Prewash Stain Remover 

Score: 78% 

Cost: $1.30

Perspiration: 80%

Olive oil: 98%

Grass/mud: 72%

Blood: 63%

Tomato: 75%

Chocolate ice cream: 83%

Make up: 69%

Sard Wonder Super Power Stain Remover ($5) was voted as the best powder stain remover after scoring 79 per cent.

If you prefer powder over spray, CHOICE said this product is the one to go for.

The powder scored a staggering 96 per cent on removing baby food and olive oil stains, and a very respectable 85 per cent on chocolate and 84 per cent on tomato.

The group said the only downside to this product was it didn’t fare quite well on blood stains, scoring just 31 per cent, and 65 per cent on makeup – but on every other stain, it scored 75 per cent and higher.

Sard Wonder SuperPower Stain Remover 

Score: 79% 

Cost: $5

Perspiration: 76%

Olive oil: 96%

Grass/mud: 76%

Blood: 31%

Tomato: 84%

Chocolate ice cream: 85% 

Make up: 65%

Vanish NapiSan Oxi Action Amazing Stain Removal 

Score: 76%

Cost: $8

Perspiration: 75%

Olive oil: 90%

Grass/mud: 78%

Blood: 33%

Tomato: 74%

Chocolate ice cream: 83%

Make up: 65%

Coming in at last place was Sard Wonder Deo and Sweat Stain Remover ($4) after failing to remove perspiration stains – despite the product claiming to specifically target deodorant and sweat stains.

‘This product is literally not worth buying: it failed to outperform plain detergent with water, which is what you’d be washing with normally anyway. Just don’t bother spending the money,’ CHOICE claimed.

Interestingly, the consumer group found Sard had the ‘unusual distinction of taking out both the top and bottom spots’ in the testing.

StainGo Stain Remover Spot & Prewash 

Score: 59% 

Cost: $9

Perspiration: 55%

Olive oil: 72%

Grass/mud: 67%

Blood: 61%

Tomato: 75%

Chocolate ice cream: 46% 

Make up: 66%

Sard Wonder Deo and Sweat Stain Remover

Score: 52% 

Cost: $4

Perspiration: 46%

Olive oil: 65%

Grass/mud: 71%

Blood: 16%

Tomato: 65% 

Chocolate ice cream: 39% 

Make up: 70%

 

‘Its Super Power stain remover topped the charts, but its Deo and Sweat stain remover came in at last place,’ CHOICE said.

‘Strangely, the Sard top performer costs about half as much per 100mL as the bottom performer, which definitely proves our point about there being no correlation between price and performance.’

All the products were tested as pre-wash treatment stain removers, not as soakers.

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