7. Chocolate Ice Cream Stain
Verdict: Complete success. I also ended up with no trace of the chocolate ice cream I smeared on the same stain-trashed t-shirt. Reversing this one was really simple, thanks to University of Illinois Cooperative Extension. I just pre-soaked with an enzyme-based laundry detergent (Seventh Generation high-efficiency detergent) for 30 minutes, then washed in the hot cycle.
8. Bike Chain Grease
Verdict: Significant improvement. Most months, I put more miles on my bike than my car, so my hands, legs and clothes often go home with chain grease souvenirs. Mrs. Meyer offered an interesting solution: rub flour or corn meal on the spot to absorb grease. After letting it sit for a few minutes, I washed with liquid soap and rinsed with cold water, as suggested. It worked better than most methods I have tried, though my test rag ended up with a light chain grease stain.
9. Perspiration Stains
Verdict: Undetermined. I am somewhat proud to say I couldnít find any particularly ugly sweat stains on my shirts. I found a faint stain, but I canít say with certainty that I made a significant difference in attempting to clean it with Good Housekeeping’s three-step method: I scrubbed the stained area with vinegar, then rinsed in cold water. Next, I pre-treated the stain with Shout. Finally, I washed on the hot cycle. I might have an update by the end of the summer if I manage to more seriously stain my biking jerseys.
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