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I think that I have always had a bottle of Vanish stain remover spray under my kitchen sink. It is an item I grew up with, and my parents not being shy to show my sister and I household duties we have always been aware of the uses of this product.
Vanish Pre Wash Stain Remover Spray comes in what is to me a hand 500ml trigger spray bottle. I like how this product is a real bright pink neon colour as it is easy to locate amongst the other cleaning products in my overcrowded cupboard.
Looking online it seems very strange to me than none of the main supermarkets are listing this product at the moment. I am pretty certain that I would have bought my current bottle from my local Tesco store however the Tesco website says this product is currently unavailable. The only shop I can currently see listing this item is Poundstretcher which are selling this 500ml bottle at £1.49. To me this seems like a bargain and I am sure I paid more like £3.
Directions from Vanish: For Best Results treat stains as soon as possible to help prevent stains from setting. Some of the toughest stains may require more than one treatment. Some stains like rust, dried paint or permanent ink may be impossible to remove. Safe for use on white and colourful fabrics. Do not use on silk, very delicate fabrics and flame proofed articles. Check for colour-fastness by testing an inconspicuous area of the product before use. Do not treat bright colours for more than 5 minutes before washing.
For me these instructions seem pretty straight forward and they are easy to follow. If possible as soon as you make a mess on an item of fabric spray this product onto the effected area and then pop into the wash. I have used this product for years now in this way but I do get some mixed results.
Generally I find this product works very well. If I use this spray immediately on an item then there tends to be no stain at all. But, when I do not notice a stain immediately the results are not so good. Particularly I find that deodorant stains do not come out with this product or any others that I have tried if left a day before being treated.
overall I find this a handy product to have. It works well if used immediately and a bargain if you pick it up at just £1.50!
This is a review of one my hero products I have discovered since having a baby: Vanish Prewash Spray. I always pick up a bottle of this when I see it on offer in the supermarket as I use it every week and it doesn't matter how much is in the cupboard, I know I will be using it all up some time soon!
I also keep a tub of the vanish powder (pink tub) in my washing armoury for when I am washing a load of whites which need a little help. I find the pre wash spray useful for targeting individual items like bibs after spaghetti sauce has made its mark. Vanish is a miracle product and it works for me most of the time.
The pre wash spray comes in a 500ml bottle with a trigger spray at the top. This helps target the product at the area you need it to tackle with one or two sprays. The bottle is attractively packaged in bright pink plastic and is difficult to miss on the shelf. I find the spray does get down to every last drop so no waste and you can recycle the bottle once finished with.
You are supposed to tackle each stain from the front and back of the material to give the Vanish a best chance of working. I find that it usually does the job just from the front unless it's a really bad stain and so tend to focus on the front just to be more economical with its use. I find a bottle lasts me months and this is with use at least one time (but usually more) a week. Once you have sprayed the item you are advised to leave it for a while to skin in to the material but I have sometimes sprayed and washed almost straight away and it has still worked well. Sometimes when tackling the ironing pile I will notice something that has come out of the wash and has a stain on it or looks grubby - particularly around the neck line - so I spray it and put near the washing machine ready for the next wash. It is easy to miss things as they go in to the wash.
I find that this product works probably 90% of the time. Sometimes things will go back into the wash for a second attempt with the pre wash spray. One time I spilt deep purple sparkly nail varnish on a white duvet cover and I managed after several washes and Vanish pre wash spray treatments to get it to fade enough that you couldn't notice it too badly. I keep trying with this every time I wash it as it seems to work a little bit each time! I find this great on bibs and baby gros, and even on my husband's tshirts when he decides to wear his tea instead of eat it!
Full price, this retails at £2.30 in Tesco currently which is not a bad price at all. I have never really tried other brands than Vanish but as I am happy with their product it seems pointless to change or try other products.
I think it performs a different role to the vanish powder and enables targeted stain removal. I also like the pink packaging and think it is priced fairly for the amount of use you get from each bottle. I definitely class this as one of my hero products and one I am never without in the mountainous quest that is doing the laundry.
- Why I Bought -
I rarely had to think about stain remover before having my son but as soon as he arrived I realised very quickly it would become an essential item! I have tried a few different types and brands, my most recent purchase being Vanish Stain Remover Pre-Wash which I have been using for two months now. I chose this simply because it was on offer.
- The Packaging -
Like all products in the Vanish range this stain remover has very eye catching pink packaging. The bottle is made from very bright pink plastic and there is a white and pink plastic head with a leaver to active the spray which works effectively and is very accurate in the delivery of the spray. The nozzle can be twisted so that the spray won't work which is quite handy when it's not in use. There is a sticker on the front of the bottle that displays the Vanish logo and what the spray is. On the back there are instructions on how to use it, how to get the best results and a caution that the spray is an irritant and that it should be kept out of the reach of children. The bottle is very plain and simple in design (other than the fluorescent colour!) but it is functional and easy to hold as it has finger grooves at the top of the bottle. I prefer this spray format to the powder version that vanish do as it is easier to use and not so messy.
- The Spray -
The spray itself is transparent and quite thick in consistency. It smells like most other laundry products and isn't too strong or unpleasant. As it is an irritant I always make sure I wash my skin if there is any contact with the liquid.
- How to use -
This spray can be used on colours and whites. As the bottle recommends, I usually spray this onto both sides of the material where the stain is to give it the best chance of coming clean. I give particularly bad stains a few squirts but otherwise two squirts will usually suffice. The bottle says to leave the item for a couple of minutes before washing to get the best results. I tend to have a few stained baby items in every load of washing so I usually spray an item and put it into the machine and work through all the stained items like this. Once everything is in the machine I put it on straight away. Therefore some stained items have been left for a couple of minutes and some haven't.
- The Results -
Overall I would say the results are good. Most stains come clean or are at least faded. I have used this on all the usual baby related food stains such as banana and sweet potato and the stain remover has worked well on these. It has also worked well on grass, pen, make up and blood stains either making the stain vanish or fading it so that it is barely noticeable. It is not the perfect stain remover which removes all stains without exception but I would say it does a good job. I haven't noticed any bleaching or marks caused by using this spray.
- Price and Availability -
The standard price for this spray seems to be about £2.30 but I picked mine up for just £1! I would pay full price for this spray if there was no alternative on offer. It is available in most supermarkets.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend this stain remover spray as generally it works well to remove or at least fade stains. The bottle is easy to use and the price is reasonable, especially when on offer so overall I would say it is a good buy.
Sometimes I have stains on my clothing that cannot be removed with just a general wash. So I need to use this product to remove the stains so that my clothes look nice. There is nothing worse than a stain on clothing, it can be annoying to look at and doesn't look for a good look.
This comes housed in a pink plastic bottle. It has a trigger nozzle. All the instructions are on the back of the bottle. The trigger is easy to just press down to spray the clothing before washing them in a washing machine.
It is a very thick liquid which is a clear colour. It is more of a gel kind of liquid with a very slight smell to it. It is easy to use by just spraying the area which has the stain on both sides of the fabric. It says on the back of the label to leave it for 1 to 2 minutes to allow the liquid to work into the fabric to help remove the stain once in the wash.
I have found it works very well on blood stains. With blood I do leave it a little longer than the recommended time because I find it doesn't fully remove the blood stain in just the 1 to 2 minutes. I leave it for around 5 minutes or so and have found it is then removed once washed.
It is good to remove food stains such as brown sauce or ketchup. Sometimes I am a messy eater and drop sauce from a sandwich onto my shirt or jumper. This products removes the stain very well indeed. It is also good for removing any stain that is on clothing or fabrics.
It doesn't ruin them and is a gentle liquid. It is best to use this liquid on stains as soon as they are on the clothing but I have sometimes forgotten about the stain until washing day. It has still removed the dried on stain in the same way as when I have used it for a stain when it has first appeared.
Only one treatment is needed to remove the stain from my experience of using this product. Occasionally with a blood stain I have had to use it again to fully remove the stain but that is usually only when I have left the stain to dry on the clothing. After a second treatment the stain is fully removed.
Once the liquid has been sprayed onto the clothing or fabric, it can then just be placed into a washing machine and washed in the usual way. Once taken out of the machine the stain is removed completely.
I paid just £1.50 for a 500ml bottle and for this price and how it works to remove stains, I just think it is very good value for money. It is really good quality too.
I recommend this product to anyone who wants to use a gentle product that doesn't ruin the clothing and for anyone who has children who always drop food onto their clothing. I think it is well worth the price and I will keep on buying it in the future.
I rate it 5 stars.
Normally I would just put a scoop of Vanish powder into the machine when doing the washing, but it seemed to be a bit hit and miss when it came to getting rid of stains. Some things would benefit from a bit of pre treatment and then I heard about and thought that it would be worth a try.
I paid £4.09 for a 500ml canister and so far this is proving to be a long lasting item. I was not sure how often I would use it or how often it would last but with 20 or more sprays there still seems to be ¾ of the spray left.
The trigger spray makes it easy to direct the liquid to the stain rather than waste a lot by covering areas that are not marked. The white liquid is quite thick and does not run off as soon as it hits the material. It was easy to tell that it was a Vanish product due to the smell and I was a bit worried that it would stay on the clothes. It was not a bad smell but I would not want to go out smelling like that.
After I had rinsed the liquid off, I could not tell if the stain had gone or not, so I put the items into the machine and crossed my fingers. Some of the stains had been on for a few days so I was not expecting great results the first time, but I was pleasantly surprised. The marks had gone and there was no bobbling where I had rubbed the Vanish in at the start of the process.
The other concern I had was about the colour. I knew it was not bleach but was unsure as to whether or not it would take a bit of the colour out. Again it was a relief to find out that this did not happen. There have been a couple of times when there has had to be more than one application but so far the stain has always come out in the end.
The bright pink bottle is easily recognisable as Vanish and is easy to use. The tube has never blocked so it can be grabbed out of the cupboard and doing its job within minutes.
I have not given up using the powder for a general wash but always make sure I have Vanish Pre Wash Stain Remover Spray ready as well.
I never seem to have much of an issue getting stains out of things until it comes to baby food, why is it that all baby food needs to be bright orange it certainly isn't that colour when I make my own. Add to the baby food a Grandfather that isn't the most careful when feeding my baby girl and of course the fact that she already at 10 months likes to wipe her face on her sleeve and I get some very stained clothing.
I have tried just about every stain remover on the market and not one of them can fully bring out those horrid orange stains and even though I have tried other Vanish products for this job I decided that I would give this a try.
The pre wash is available in all good supermarkets and in other shops such as hardware and bargain shops, the product was just over £4 when I bought it but it now seems to have been reduced to around the £3 mark which is much cheaper than having to keep buying new clothing.
The product comes in a plastic bottle which like the majority of the Vanish range is bright pink in colour, there is a trigger spray lid to make using the product easy which again is bright pink. On the back of the bottle you have a few warnings like you must wash your clothing to the manufacturers specifications, do not use on wool, silk or leather, do not expose pre-treated or soaked garments to sources of direct heat or direct sunlight before washing or rinsing thoroughly and only leave on a dry garment for a maximum of 5 minutes.
Using the product is easy, simply turn the trigger to on and spray, like a lot of new things it takes a few goes to get the product out at first but once is comes through it sprays well and you don't need many sprays to soak a stain. I personally spray the product onto the stain, leave it for a couple of minutes and them rub into the garment to give it the maximum amount of impact. Once the garment has been soaked and rubbed I put the garment in the washing machine and wash as normal.
This product is a waste of time and does not wash out baby food in fact it barely removes any stains, I have tried the product on blood and grass stains and yes all the stains fade but not one of them has been removed. The product does seem to give the clothes an extra fresh smell but obviously this is not what the product is for, completely waste of money in my opinion.
I think people who read my reviews on a regular basis will know that I am a bit of a laundry fiend. I do at least one load of laundry every day and I have an under sink cupboard which is groaning with products for my washing.
I also have a daughter who is incredibly messy - whether that be with make-up or food and as such I invariably have stains to deal with before I even switch the machine on. I do use biological detergent for much of my laundry but I do generally prefer to treat a stain before it goes into the machine - and some fabrics - generally wools and silks - cannot be washed with a biological liquid at all.
I remember when I first used a Vanish product to remove stains. Back in the early 1980s Vanish was launched in a soap bar form and for me anyway, it revolutionised my ability to deal with stains on clothing. I seem to recall back then it was a Scottish made product but the brand is now owned by Reckitt Benckiser and encapsulates a wide range of stain removal products and for many years now I have been buying Vanish Stain Remover Pre-Wash spray to deal with stains on fabrics.
Vanish's slogan is "trust pink" and unsurprisingly the stain remover spray comes in a bright pink bottle with a trigger spray. Each bottle contains 500ml and it costs in the region of £1.95 in Morrisons but can sometimes be picked up for less if you shop around.
The stain remover is an irritant and as such should be handled with care - in particular ensure you avoid the eyes.
The spray can be used on almost all fabrics - the only one you are advised to avoid altogether is silk but Vanish do advise using with caution on delicate fibres. I actually think apart from silk the only other fabric I would think twice about using this on is cashmere.
Because I only use this as and when I need it, I find a bottle can easily last me a year and fortunately there is no "use by" date on the bottles.
It's common sense to know that stains should be dealt with as soon as possible - that's certainly the best way to be sure you can get them out permanently. Having said all that however my daughter isn't always very good at telling me she has stained an item of clothing so sometimes I end up with really tough, dried in stains to deal with.
The golden rule when using this Vanish product is to treat both sides of the stain and leave the product to work for 1 to 2 minutes before putting in the washing machine. Under no account should you leave this on fabric unwashed for more than 5 minutes. You do need to apply a decent amount to either side of the stain but if it is a pretty fresh stain the product should work in the machine after being left for a couple of minutes.
On more dried in stains then I use this product entirely differently - and certainly not the way Vanish advertise but it works a treat for me. I apply the product on both sides and scrub the affected area until I can see the stain is starting to work loose. I then run a little cold water over it and continue to rub the fabric together in a scrubbing motion and this will invariably remove the stain. I then wash as normal. This is particularly good for removing make up, tomato ketchup and dried in blood - which don't always come out completely if just sprayed and left to stand.
The spray itself is an almost transparent white and is a thick liquid. It has a bit of a sickly smell which I must admit I do find a bit unpleasant. Vanish do recommend you wash your hands as soon as you have finished using this which is a good idea not only to avoid any potential irritation but also to get rid of the rather pungent smell.
I must admit I have never experienced any reaction to this product but if you have eczema or another condition which makes your skin sensitive to such products it might be an idea to wear rubber gloves when using this product.
In all the years I have used this product there are very few stains which have been defeated by it but those that have tend to be dried in and those which I haven't fully treated to the point of complete (or almost complete) removal before I placed the item in the washing machine. I have also been let down a bit if I haven't used a biological liquid in conjunction with the pre-wash spray and if that happens I tend to find there is no way I am ever going to get rid of the stain completely as a second attempt at treating it invariably ends in failure.
Vanish do state on the bottle that some stains may well be impossible to remove, including rust, dried paint and permanent ink. I can confirm that dried paint and permanent ink have seen off several garments in my household over the years.
One final thing you should consider with this product is how important it is to check that the fabric you are going to treat is colour fast because if it isn't you may well find that the Vanish will remove not only the stain, but much of the dye on your garment - leaving a very distinct mark where the stain was treated.
Overall however I wouldn't be without this stain remover spray. I have tried other brands over the years but none have proved to be as effective as the Vanish Pre-Wash Stain Remover spray and it has seen off a plethora of stains from make up and grease to the grime that accumulated on an almost daily basis on my late husband's shirt collars.
Certainly whenever I encounter a stain in my laundry I quite literally "think pink" and reach for this bottle because it very rarely lets me down.
Now here's a product I never like to be without, Vanish pre wash stain remover spray, in my opinion this stuff is brilliant. I've been buying this product for so long I can't even remember how I managed without it.
~Vanish Pre Wash Stain Remover Spray~
This product comes in a bright pink trigger style plastic bottle, being so bright it makes it easy for me to pick out in the supermarket. The bottle is molded for my fingers to fit in a way that makes it comfortable to hold and use. The amount of stain remover product I get in the bottle is 500 ml, the actual product itself is clear and of a quite thick consistency, to me it just smells like a clean and fresh detergent, no particular fragrance comes to mind, just a very clean smell about it. I like to use a fair amount on each stain I treat but I guess a little less would work just as well.
~What I use it for~
Now because this Vanish pre wash stain remover is formulated to remove even the toughest stains, I have put it to the test on many things. I have more often than not, been pleased with the results of using this spray, although I have found that tougher stains have needed to be sprayed and washed again, but to be fair, it does actually state on the bottle that really tough stains may need more applications. My main purpose for this spray is my son's school shirt collars, he gets them in a terrible state and if I was to wash them without using vanish they would and have, come out the wash hardly any different to when they went in. However since I discovered this spray I apply it quite liberally to his collars before each wash. They come out looking like new. Very impressive indeed.
~A tougher test~
Another tough test I put the spray through was when I accidently dripped hair dye down the back of my jeans (don't ask, I have no idea how I managed it) the hair dye had dripped and ran in a long line down the back of one of my jean legs, instantly I thought my jeans are ruined, but I decided before I throw them I was going to try vanish on them. I had nothing to lose they were ruined anyway. After spraying and putting my jeans through the wash I looked very closely at the result, which wasn't perfect by a long shot, I really didn't expect it to be, but the stain of the dye had faded considerably, so I think, in all I washed them about 3 times, spraying vanish on the stain before each wash. The end result was, that I could get away with wearing the jeans as the stain was very faint, hardly noticeable at all, I didn't really want to wear the jeans out anywhere special but I could get away with still wearing them around the house etc. So to cut a long story short, I managed to save my jeans from being thrown away and I was quite pleased about that.
~Using the spray~
Vanish pre wash stain remover spray is safe to use on both color and white fabrics, however the bottle does state that it is NOT to be used on silk, delicate fabrics or flame proofed articles. It is advisable to check for colorfastness by testing an inconspicuous area of the clothing before use. If you are to treat bright colors, do not do so for more than 5 minuets before washing. To use the spray is easy, first shake the bottle, turn the nozzle to the on position, spray onto the desired area and remember both sides of the stain should be treated, leave the spray to soak in for a couple of minuets then just wash as you normally would. Don't forget to turn the nozzle on the spray back to the off position.
There are the usual cautions with products such as these, like keep out of reach of children, do not swallow, avoid contact with eyes etc. you should seek medical advice if any of these things occur. Personally I have not suffered any adverse side effects from using this product or any nasty skin irritations.
Amongst other things this vanish spray contains 5-15% Non-ionic surfactants. For a full list of ingredients and indeed to find out about what other products they produce you can visit the Vanish website.
I pay around £1.50 for a 500 ml bottle of this spray from Tesco, but there are a lot of places where you will be able to find this spray.
I'm giving this Vanish pre wash stain remover spray 4 stars because it is good stuff but I feel I need to hold back a star as I don't think it's totally perfect.
Thank you for reading my review which may also be posted on other sites.
I love pastel colours and that's reflected in the clothes I wear. They're all light coloured, one item in particular I'm never without. It's a baby blue coat whilst it may seem a strange idea to wear a coat all the time its made out of duvet so it's amazingly comfy to just lounge around the house in and warm enough to go out in.
The down side of this is that it collects grime like nobody's business. The colour probably doesn't help that either and it has to be washed in a cold wash so even if my detergent could get the grime out in a warmer wash it can't in a cold. Therefore a good stain remover is an essential for me. I chose Vanish quite simply because it's the brand we always have used. In fact in a recent clear out I found a bottle that was blue - not pink so it's anybody's guess how old that was!
Anyway, the packaging tells me that this works by penetrating deep into the fibres to break down the grime and grease. There is a warning on the packet that some stubborn stains may require two treatments and some stains such as rust, dried paint and permanent ink may be impossible to remove.
The instructions tell me to spray on, leave for a couple of minutes and then wash as normal. Spraying is easy, there are grooves for your fingers just below the pump and I've found these to be around the right size. The pump is also easy to squeeze being loose enough that squeezing it a lot doesn't leave you with sore hands but also firm enough that you can't operate it by mistake.
On squeezing the pump a clear coloured gel is released. The spray is fairly wide, whilst this is useful to cover a relatively wide area it does mean I get some on the floor when spraying sleeves. However I can confirm that this has not done the floor (Lino) any harm. There isn't really any particular scent, maybe a slightly 'clean' scent but nothing more.
It does say for best results to treat both sides but it's a little hard to do this with a thick coat and so one side has to do. I then put it through a cold wash as normal.
There has only ever been once that I've had to use it twice and that was to get out blood. That's not an easy stain to remove anyway so I was impressed that this came out after only two uses on a cold wash. All other stains.. General grime, sauce etc. have always come out on the first try.
The warning on the packet tells me that this is not suitable for silk, other delicate fabrics and flame proofed articles. My mind boggles at the idea of flame proofed clothing but there we are - pet dragon anyone?
Anyway, I have used this on cotton and polyester without any problems. It does tell me that this is suitable for both light clothes and bright colours so long as you don't leave it for more then 5 minutes on brightly coloured clothes. Having only used this on light coloured clothes I can't say how it works on bright colours but since it's designed to break down stains I would keep well within the allowed time and test a small patch first.
Overall this is a great product that has done what no other product that I've found so far has done successfully - get stubborn stains out in a cold wash. It is one I will be buying again and therefore one I'm happy to recommend.
Finally, whilst I realise this review has focused on cold washes this is because in my experience it is harder to get stains out with a cold wash. The results achieved are the same in a warm/hot wash.
I bought my bottle from ASDA costing £1.87 for a 500ml bottle but it is widely available online and from most, if not all, supermarkets.
I first discovered Vanish products whilst employed in a children's residential unit. The children within the unit endured severe, profound and multiple disabilities disabilities usually resulting in a change of clothing every few hours due to stains caused by bodily fluids as well as the usual food and drink spillage.
Most of the children did not arrive with a vast array of clothing so it was laundered almost immediately.
I felt it was important that the children were always smartly presented and didn't want them sitting around in stained clothes.
I found that it worked so well I bought some for use at home.
Initially I chose Vanish as it stood out on the shelf. It's bright pink bottle with blue and yellow logo is easily recognisable and puts other products in the shade!
The pre wash stain remover is sold in a 500ml trigger action bottle at a cost of £1.87 (current Tesco retail price).
User instructions advise that any stains must be treated as soon as possible. The bottle must be shaken prior to use before aiming the at the stained area. Both sides of the stain should be sprayed. The white liquid, which is quite thick in consistency (I would liken it to children's paracetamol suspension - obviously keep out of reach of children!!) should then be left on the garment for 1-2 minutes before washing as normal.
The manufacturer advises that some stains such as rust, ink, dried paint etc are impossible to remove. They also state that Vanish should not be used on delicate fabrics such as silk - if in doubt test on a none visible part of the garment before use.
My experiences with Vanish have been on the whole favourable, although I think I am somewhat trigger happy and use far too much! As the bottle becomes empty it becomes more difficult for the liquid to be sprayed - at this point I remove the lid and pour any remnants onto the affected area.
I would recommend vanish for use on everyday stains, although I do agree with the manufacturer in that stains must be treated immediately - my recent stains success' include chocolate and amazingly home made blackcurrant jam (home made by grandma I hasten to add - if only I were that good!!).
Unfortunately today, Vanish did not remove the mud from the bottom of my sons gi! I'll give Vanish the benefit of the doubt on this occasion as it did wait a week to be treated and washed!!
I've noticed that Vanish also have an Oxi Action Pre Wash treatment - this is much more expensive at £4.09 per 500ml. I'll give this a try when it's on special offer :-)
I am a big fan of the Vanish stick stain remover. It is one of the products in the "Vanish, trust pink, forget stains," range of cleaning products. For me this product works every time at pre treating stains and then once you have put the clothes in the wash the stain has disappeared. Probably the only thing I don't like about the stick is that you have to do a bit of work to remove the stain, ie you have to firstly rub the stick on the clothes, then rub the clothes together. This is ok for one item but recently I ahve had a lot of clothes to get stains out of. With a 1 year old I am forever rubbing stains out of clothes, at least once a day and so I was looking for a quick, easy to use stain remover and this is when I came across the Vanish stain remover pre-wash spray.
I had high hopes for this stain remover as it's exactly the same as the stick but just in liquid spray on form. The liquid comes in a bright pink bottle so there is no mistaking this for any other cleaning product. It has a spray nozzle at the top of the bottle and you can set the nozzle to ON or OFF which is a great safety feature in my opinion.
Vanish say that this remover is specifically formulated to remove the stains and grime that detergents alone leave behind. It's powerful formulation penetrates deep into the fibres to break down even the toughest stains like collar and cuff grime and grease.
It is extremely easy to use. You basically just spray the liquid onto the stain, leave to work for 1-2 minutes and then wash as usual. I find I can get through a big pile of stains in half the time or more than using the stick. They suggest that you spray it onto both sides of the stain for better results. The liquid is quite thick, almost like a gel and it really coats and stays on the stain which I think is one of the ways in which it helps to work on the stain. Vanish does have a bit of an odour. It's not a bleachy odour which is nice, just a bit of a cleaning type product smell to it but it's not offensive or off putting by any means.
Unfortunately this product did not work as well for me as its stick counterpart. I treated one of my daughters t-shirts which had some red spaghetti sauce on it ont he collar and the stain did not come out where I'm pretty sure it would have come out had I rubbed it with the Vanish stick. On the bottle it does actually say that some of the toughest stains may require more than one treatment so maybe this is one of these stains but I really expect a cleaning product to work first time and so unfortunately I think I am going to have to go back to the labour intensive stick which I know really works!
I have used Vanish products for a lot of years, the powder form and a trigger spray, also the bar, which I find them all of them very useful for stubborn stains that sometimes a washing detergent will not remove, and I think that sometimes a few fabrics need a little extra help to remove stains.
I bought this one for only £2.09 for 500ml on special offer from Sainsbury's recently and it comes in a pink plastic slim bottle with a trigger spray and it is easy to spray onto fabrics, the liquid inside is a clear white, thick gel, and the texture of it is quite soft and smooth, it has a very nice fragrance to it too, which is good in my opinion.
All that is needed with this one is to spray the area of the fabric with the stain and leave for a couple of minutes and then rinse thoroughly, it is easy to rinse and then it can be washed in the normal way, in a machine or for hand washing etc.
My little grandson has a favourite bib that he wears when he comes to have tea or a meal at my home and sometimes the food he eats and the stains it leaves behind from the food cannot be removed with a normal detergent and so I use this spray or other Vanish products just to leave on the bib for about 5 minutes and it removes them, ready for it to be washed and once washed it is nice and clean again, stain free.
The powerful formula attacks and tackles stubborn stains perfectly and it breaks them down and penetrates deep into the fibres and I often use it on shirt collars for my hubbys shirts, which sometimes are quite dirty and they clean a treat with this spray.
I always use it when the stain is first apparent as I find it much easier that way, but I have tried it lots of times on stains that have been on the garments for longer and it has still removed them perfectly, it has just been a way I normally like to do immediately and then I just leave them out to dry and then wash with my other washing in the machine etc.
Only occasionally have I had to use it twice on any fabrics, and that is usually because I have left them a little longer than usual, but the second application has worked nicely.
I think this is a lovely stain remover and the bottle size is so handy as it has grooves along the side of the bottle to easily grip while using it, and the spray trigger is easy to pull to use it, as some triggers can be quite hard to press and spray, but with this one it is perfectly fine for me.
It does last very long time as the amount for the price is very good and the quality is excellent value for money and I think it is a must in every home as we all have stains that become stubborn from time to time, especially if you have children in the household.
I highly recommend this one for the quality and value and for the excellence it has for removing stains.
I give it 5 stars.
Vanish is an excellent product, which can be used to successfully get rid of tough stains before washing your clothes. If you accidentally get blood, pen or other tough stains on your clothes, you can use Vanish before washing them and you can almost be guaranteed that your clothes will come out spotless. It is only a pre-wash spray so shouldn't be added to the washing machine directly. It helps by breaking down the stains first so they can be washed away.
Bloodstains, which contain protein consisting of amino acids will be broken apart by the chemicals within Vanish. The soluble amino acid products will then be washed away. This product should be applied as soon as possible after you spot a mysterious stain. This way, it can get to work before the stain has dried onto the clothes and will be tough to get off. You may be thinking 'why use this when washing detergents do the job themselves?' Well, Vanish actually helps to get rid of tougher stains that ordinary wash detergents would not get rid of. Vanish penetrates deep into the very fibres of your clothes to break down the toughest stains as well as collar and cuff grime and grease.
The product comes in a bright pink bottle, which is really attractive. The large Vanish logo is on the front label in bold blue letters and it says 'pre-treat, apply direct to stain'. The bottle has a white top with a pink nozzle and trigger. It has a simple On/Off mechanism on the nozzle to stop it from leaking when not in use. The shape of the bottle with a few ridges makes it easy to handle and use.
So what sort of stains can this be used on? As I have already mentioned, bloodstains from sudden nose bleeds or even fights can be combated by Vanish. It also rids any tough dirt stains after a game of football. Stains from washable ink may be tricky to get out in an ordinary wash, so this is where Vanish comes in handy.
The actual solution is white and has a translucent appearance. It's quite a thick liquid and has a pleasant smell too. It smells of floral perfume so is really nice to use compared to some other cleaning products. If you get it on your hands, the aroma will be very strong and stay there unless you wash it off well. It should be used right away to stop the stain settling and some stains may require more than one pre-wash. You are supposed to apply the Vanish to both sides of the stain - inside and outside the clothing to ensure it's disappearance. You are warned not to treat bright colours for more than 5 minutes before washing, as it will damage the clothes. It should not be used on silk and other delicate clothing, as its power will once again damage the clothes.
You should give the bottle a good shake before using it and leave the clothes for a few minutes. After this, you put them straight in the wash and continue as normal with washing detergents and perhaps a clothes freshener too. It works really well and you will be surprised when the stains have disappeared after the wash - some begin to vanish once the solution is applied before the wash. You don't need to scrub it in when it's applied, but you may want to, as it will start scrubbing away the stain. At around £1.89 and widely available in supermarkets, I would recommend giving this product a go. It's a useful tool to have in your cleaning product cupboard, as you never know when you may need to use it!
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My husband and I are both quite messy and often end up with food all down our tops or spillages on clothes and linen so a must have in our house is a stain remover. As we live next door to my mum, I used to pop round to hers to nick her Vanish Stain Remover but eventually she noticed and told me to sod off and buy my own! So out I went to Asda to pick some of the same one up as it had always worked very well on my washing.
Vanish Stain Remover comes in a strikingly bright pink plastic spray bottle which I think makes it a very attractive buy for any girls out there (I hope they don't colour it pink thinking that it's only girls who do the washing though!). You can pick up a large 500 ml bottle of this for just under £2, whereas you can find other stain removers for much cheaper at less than £1 but, when it comes to washing clothes and linen, I do like them to look perfect so I'm happy to splash out a little bit more for this.
This is a pre-wash stain remover spray and specially formulated to remove the toughest stains. The bottle tells me that items need to be treated as soon as possible before the stain has set and that some tougher stains may need more than one treatment. This can be used on any fabrics apart from silk and other delicate fabrics. Both sides of the stain should be sprayed and left for one or two minutes before washing as usual.
At first, I didn't read the instructions properly and just sprayed on the stain side which didn't remove it completely. However, after properly reading what I was supposed to do and spraying on both sides, the results were excellent. It effectively got rid of any stains that the washing had and left all items, both colours and whites with no stains whatsoever. Items on which stains had set and had been there for a couple of days were a little harder to get rid of but, as the bottle says, after treating and washing twice, the stain was removed. Some stains such as paint and dried blood, I've found are much harder to come out but the bottle also states that paint and other stains such as ink or rust may not come out at all.
This is a great stain remover that works perfectly to remove any hard and tough stains. Even though the cost may be a little pricey compared to other stain removers, it lasts an awfully long time and it works brilliantly!
After a rather unfortunate incident in which the cat saw fit to deposit her dinner on the stairs carpet, this was the only halfway suitable cleaning agent in the house. Technically, this is more suited to getting stains out of clothes but I was impressed that it managed to get this particular stain out of the carpet today!
This comes in the form of a spray, and is very simple to use. You simply spray it onto the stain, leave it for a few minutes and then wash as normal. As it is a fairly clear liquid in colour, it shouldn't stain your clothes itself (how ironic that would be!). The instructions advise leaving it for up to minutes, but I usually find that it takes longer than this to really get to work. In the case of the cat's contribution to the state of the carpet, it took around seven minutes but that was a bad stain!
Having spilt baked beans and ketchup down my top last week, I can confirm that this does somehow remove those stains. The red wine test was not so successful, as there was still a light red stain on my cream shirt after it went in the wash when I did this a couple of months back so this clearly is not a miracle worker as such. The sick stain did not vanish completely but it was much reduced. I should probably point out that the carpet in question was beige, which was a similar colour to the stain after this had been used. Other stains that I can recall that this worked on were hot chocolate and coffee, although neither stain came out 100 per cent.
500ml / Vanish pre-wash stain remover is specially formulated to remove stains and grime that detergents leave behind / Its powerful formulation penetrates deep into the fibre to break down even the toughest stains like collar and cuff grime and grease / For safe stain remover, pre-wash / Independently tested and validated by the Fabric Care Research Association / Manufactured in the UK / /