There are tons of stain removal solutions to use at home: pre-treaters, enzyme soaks, bleaches, and stain sticks. But how do you tackle a stain when you're on the go? If you know the feeling of getting dressed up to go out only to drizzle sauce down the front of your shirt, you'll appreciate Tide to Go. Designed as an all-in-one stain removal system for fresh food and drink stains, it attacks stains on the spot, without water, or an immediate trip to the washing machine. Use it for coffee, ketchup, wine, chocolate syrup, and more.
How to Use Tide to Go
Tide to Go comes in a small, pen-like container with a cap so you can carry it in your pocket or purse for common stain emergencies. It is sold in single packs, three-packs, and five-packs. Here are the basic steps for removing stains:
- Remove excess food from the clothing, using a napkin, tissue, or clean cloth. Be careful not to spread the stain.
- Press the tip of the Tide to Go pen onto the stain several times to release the stain remover.
- Rub the tip of the Tide to Go pen across the stain to remove it. Add more stain remover as needed.
- Wipe excess solution off of the stained area if the fabric will be exposed to sunlight.
Tide to Go Pros and Cons
While the convenience and size of Tide to Go are definite pluses, the cleaning performance of the stain remover has its limits (to be fair, this is the case with just about any wash-less stain remover system).
- Tide to Go is the size of a marker, easily stowed in purses, pockets, or briefcases.
- It is easy to use and requires no water or immediate washing.
- The product does a great job on fresh spills and stains.
- Tide to Go does not include bleach, so it can be used on most fabrics. It is safe on most colorfast, machine washable, and dry-cleanable fabrics (but always test first).
- Tide to Go is not for use on stains that have set in.
- It is not effective on grease and many non-food stains, such as blood, grass stains, and ink.
- Many users have complained of white residue left on clothes. Others claim their fabric was "bleached" by the stain remover; for this reason, you should always test the product on an inconspicuous area of the clothing before using it in a visible area.