Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Review: Making Stains Vanish

Since moving in to my own house in October, my life has changed in many ways... especially having to do my own housework all the time! It is all too easy to take it for granted when someone presents you with your clean, freshly washed clothes (sorry, mum!) on a regular basis. However, now I have to do my own washing and it is a pain in the backside.

When Vanish contacted me to ask whether I would like to put some of their products to the test, I decided to give it a try. Washing is a tedious task, and anything that will help with stain removal and make life easier has to be worth a go!

I also had recently stained a pair of trackie bottoms. These are not something that I wear in public on a regular basis; they are my highly attractive and extremely comfortable 'slobbing lounging around the house' trackie bottoms... and I spilled oil-based eye make up remover on them. Typical. They had already been through several normal washes, however a dark patch remained on the leg where the eye make up remover had been.

The lighting makes it hard to see the stain in this photo but trust me, it's there!
Vanish kindly sent me their Oxi Action Crystal White Gel* and their Oxi Action Powder* to put to the test. After reading the directions (necessary evil) I decided that I would tackle the oily stained patch with the Oxi Action Crystal White Gel, as this can be used to pre-treat clothes quickly, without soaking, before putting them in the machine.

I poured a little of the gel on to the stain (the bottle recommends 2mls) and rubbed it in. A word of advice; do not do this using your bare fingers, like I did. Rather uncomfortable! I then left it for the ten minutes required.

I then machine washed the bottoms as usual and added 60ml of gel in the cap to my wash and.... bye bye oily stain! I was very pleased with the results of the gel treatment, as there was no sign of the discoloured patch. I now I add between 40 - 60mls to every wash to help bust any stains and also - without sounding too much like something off QVC - I really love how fresh this makes my clothes smell! (Definite sign of being too mature.)

I then thought I should really put the Oxi Action Powder to the soaking test, so I chose some of my worst stained items... TANNING MITTS.

Sadly, I am not great at keeping my tanning mitts spick 'n' span as I use them so rarely!
I would bet I am not the only one who is lazy at washing their tanning mitts, am I right?! The one on the right of the photo is the oldest of the two mitts, and has been through countless applications of St Moriz Dark, as illustrated by the greenish tinge to the material.

The package directions recommended 1 scoop of powder per 4 litres of water; I halved these amount to soak the mitts. I left the mitts for approximately 5 hours before rinsing them and putting them in with a normal wash.

I was equally impressed with the results of the soaking using the powder. The mitts came up almost spotless. The older mitt retained a bit of its green tinge, which didn't surprise me, but the other mitt looked brand new!

I am very glad I got to try these products, as I now know that they are items I will always keep in my household stash. They will come in immensely useful for all the spillages that are likely to occur in my house; make up stains, coffee stains, red wine stains... the list is endless really. The Vanish website even has advice on how to remove blood stains.... let's hope it doesn't come to that, although you never know now that my boyfriend is moving in with me!! (jokes, he's not that annoying.... usually!)

Is Vanish something that gets regular use in your household? Let me know what stains it has busted for you!
* PR Samples