Review of the Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover

Tide To Go pen
Tide To Go is an instant stain remover in a pen form. Tide

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, 3-packs, and 5-packs. Here are the basic steps for removing stains:

  1. Remove excess food from the clothing, using a napkin, tissue, or clean cloth. Be careful not to spread the stain.
  2. Press the tip of the Tide To Go pen onto the stain several times to release the stain remover.
  3. Rub the tip of the Tide To Go pen across the stain to remove it. Add more stain remover as needed.
  4. 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 of 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.

Personal Review

If you're clumsy like me, you can walk around with dribbles all over your shirt. Tide To Go is determined to rescue us from our mishaps.

My children made sure I had ample test-worthy spots to try and remove. We experimented with ketchup, mustard, juice, jelly, syrup, cheese sauce, chili, chocolate milk, and Jell-O. Tide To Go made a huge difference, so much so that the kids now ask for my "magic pen" when a stain appears.

Tide To Go became a go-to product for me when the corner of my white shirt was dipped in fruit punch just as my family was leaving for church. I was able to remove the stain during a long red light on the drive (and we still arrived on time!). Tide To Go is perfect for busy people on the run who like to look as clean as they did when they first stepped out of their door.