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Difference Between Various Stain Removers

By Dr. Laundry May 27, 2010

Q. I would like to know the difference between Tide’s new stain release products and Clorox 2 Stain Fighter & Color Booster. They both work with the detergent, but are the products interchangeable as far as treating stains?

A. Thanks for your great question. Both types of products are meant as additives for the detergent and both have liquid and powder versions.

The liquids are a little different in formula: Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster has a higher level of oxygen bleach and color boosters, which means pre-treating stains with Clorox2® should be a little better.

The powder versions are a little more equal. You will get better soil removal with the powder than liquid versions.