Liquids dissolve well and can pretreat stains, so they’re more versatile than powders. Allergies? Opt for fragrance-free formulas.
Most have a neutral or near- neutral pH, meaning the detergent is low-alkaline. (The more alkaline, the harsher it is on clothes.)
Do not use on nylon or spandex, as it may cause yellowing. Never use with ammonia; this mixture produces poisonous fumes.
Safe for most fabrics, its stain-fighting power comes from hydrogen peroxide rather than toxic chemicals.
For grass and blood stains, mix ½ ounce with 1 ounce detergent and 16 ounces water in a spray bottle. Apply to spot, then wash.
Apply liquid formulas just before washing. Sticks can be used a week in advance. Both will work magic on grease stains and more.
The chemicals in fabric softener can build up, so don’t add it to every wash―and use half the recommended amount.
Coffee spilled onto your shirt? This helper lets you wipe out food and drink stains immediately. Keep one in your purse.