I must admit, I never really understood the need for stain removers – it’s not like I regularly roll around in fields (oh if only), or miss my mouth and splatter bolognese down my front (okay, maybe I still do that), but for the majority of my domesticated life I’ve got along just fine using only washing detergent.
And then I had a baby.
Wow, who would’ve thought that such organic substances could be so evil to an innocent baby grow. Forget grass, oil and sharpie pens – I’m taking about bananas and carrots. Strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries – even the ‘sweet’ potatoes – they’re all at it. Since Taylor was born I’ve had to throw away no end of cute outfits thanks to unsightly orange or brown stains – which is pretty ironic since she only fits in them for two months anyway.
I did try one of those all-in-one coveralls but unfortunately it was a little too big and Taylor couldn’t pick up her finger food, which felt a little mean.
Lucky for me, the team at Vanish got in touch and kindly offered to send me some of their stain removal products to review – needless to say, I was happy to accept. I’d been watching the people in their TV advertisements for a while all offering their ‘stain removal tips’ and looking rather pleased with themselves, and was keen to see what all of the smugness was about.
I received one bottle of Vanish Oxi Action Gel, one tub of Vanish Power Shot Gel Capsules and one bottle of Vanish Oxi Action Pre-treatment Spray.
I have used the spray before, but the gel and capsules were completely new to me. I put the products to the test on one of Taylor’s carrot-contaminated washes, rubbing the Oxi Action Gel into the worst-affected areas before placing one of the Power Shot Gel Capsules in the drum, along with the laundry. I also used the Pre-treatment Spray on some of the less ingrained stains.
As you can see from the photos, the products really did work. Even the evil carrot was banished for good (at least until the next feed). I really was very impressed with the results which were noticeably different from my previous attempts, and I will definitely be stocking up on these products.
For handy stain removal tips, the Vanish website has a really helpful stain solver tool and various how-to videos on the homepage – well worth a visit before you decide to throw away those ‘ruined’ clothes.
Vanish have offered to give one reader of Mum in Brum a kit of Vanish goodies. The winner will receive one of each of the products featured above. To enter the giveaway just complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will end on 5th September 2015 and is open to UK residents only. Good luck!
Disclosure: Vanish sent me these products in return for an honest review.