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Does anyone really manage to get stained clothes clean at low temperatures?

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TsarChasm Tue 16-Jun-09 11:39:26

I mean grass staines, dripped lollies blah blah.

I have to use spray treatment and a hot wash.

But ads keep saying all that comes out at something like 15 degrees. It doesn't for me.

GooseyLoosey Tue 16-Jun-09 11:44:30

Doesn't work for me either. The white polo shirts that the dcs wear for school have become disposable items as I can never get the stains out (without resorting to industrial strength chemicals which are more expensive than the polo shirts themselves). I remember the first time I eagerly put a well known stain removal product into the washer, expecting results like the ads - but the stains were exactly the same when the clothes came out of the washer.

HeadFairy Tue 16-Jun-09 11:45:28

No me neither... I usually have to have a go at the stains with a stain remover pen. Even then it's not great... have resorted to bleaching a few white/pale items.

TsarChasm Tue 16-Jun-09 11:53:46

Ah! so not just me!grin

I do wonder how they get away with making these claims what with ad regulations being so strict.

When you see them washing baby's bibs stained orange and coming out white - I just know that's a big whopper of a porkie pie. That never happens!

saythatagain Tue 16-Jun-09 11:55:27

Never! I can't tell you how many pairs of summer frilly socks I have gone thru for dd school uniform!

LovelyRitaMeterMaid Tue 16-Jun-09 11:56:44

I wash everything at 40 degrees and dry outside where possible. Don't seem to get too many stains not coming out.

TsarChasm Tue 16-Jun-09 11:57:30

Ooh childrens socks - the bane of my life. I think they only ever look nice just the once. The first day they're ever worn. It's all a grey downhill descent after that no matter what you boil them in.

saythatagain Tue 16-Jun-09 12:00:46

Yes TC, that 'oh look, she doesn't know how to wash properly'! Grey, murky and tatty..

Niecie Tue 16-Jun-09 12:01:18

No doesn't work for me either. Especially tomato based staines. A complete nightmare to get out. Many many t-shirts have gone straight back on the washing pile because they haven't come out clean enough first time.

I assume that the ads wash staines that are fresh which is why they come out so easily. However, nobody, in RL, is likely to whip the t-shirts off their DCs the minute their tea is finishd to bung them in the wash before the staines get dried on.

Walkingwiththighosaurs Tue 16-Jun-09 12:15:04

No they don't work. The ads are a complete con. You simply cannot get tomato based stains out at 15 degrees. In fact if you don't treat them at all with a stain remover, you would be lucky to get them out at 95 degrees. These ads make me very cross. I have been known to whip a t shirt off DS if a "dangerous" stain occurs. But only if it is a new white t-shirt etc, first time worn.

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