Got Stains?! Check Out Angie’s Favorite Stain Fighter

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Hi there! It’s Angie, one of Collin’s Sidekicks!

Just about every night my kiddos have a treat, which is almost always ice cream! And, almost without fail, they spill a little (or a LOT) down the front of their shirt. Can anyone relate?

This used to frustrate me to no end… THEN, I discovered this magical OxiClean Max Force Pre-Treater Gel Stick! It is AWESOME – it seriously can get stains out of just about anything and everything.

This Pre-Treater is a thick, non-staining blue formula that allows you to see where clothes have been treated and it washes away. It can remove food stains, grease, oil, dirt, grass stains, blood and more!

To use this Pre-Treater Gel Stick, simply flip it over and push it down on the stain, a little bit of the gel will come out. You can then use the scrubbing top to massage the gel into the stain. One of the best parts… you can throw it in to the wash right then or throw it in to the hamper and wash it the next time you do the laundry (even up to a week later). For real.


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  1. Luv

    Does this work for old stains as well? I have a couple of favorite shirts but has like oil/grease stain that won’t come off and I hate to throw it away because I keep thinking there’s away to still remove it.

    • Lisa

      I also love this gel stick!! For old grease stains, i generally have good luck if I scrub it with Dawn dishsoap. (Actual Dawn brand)

      • Luv

        Thanks! I will go ahead and try it! I’m hoping it works!

      • Kristy

        I also use dawn dish soap and it works great!

    • Morgan

      Me too! I have a pile of clothes that are ruined by weird oil/gray staining that I’m just trying to figure out how to attack. Some of them were only worn a couple of times!

      • Luv

        Yes some of mine I only wore like twice. I don’t even know how those stains got there. I wash my clothes with my husbands but his clothes doesn’t have any grease on them either.

        • Tiphanie

          I found out that it was my colored fabric softener that was doing this gray staining – I switched to white colored fabric softener and it stopped- just a lil FYI 😊

          • Morgan

            I use free and clear detergent, no fabric softener, and have wool dryer balls!! 😭

      • Vivian

        Yes! I need help with these weird stains, some show up after the first wash! My husband blames my all natural seventh generation detergent, but the same happens with tide free and clear! He’s always crying about his yellow neckline and gray pits lol 😂 he calls them his new shirts that look 13 yrs old 🙄

        • Emily

          If you guys have HE washers make sure you are cleaning out the trap. Mine is an lg and there is a convenient door on the front, but my sister-in-laws washer has a hidden trap and some disassembly is required to drain hers periodically. She didn’t know about it for a long time and her clothes were ending up with weird stains. She researched and found the hidden drain trap. She said it was really gross and smelled awful when they cleaned it out.

    • Kristi

      Fels-naptha is awesome at getting new and old stains out and it’s so inexpensive!

      • Yolie

        I second that! And it’s only $.97 and lasts me almost a year.

      • Sara

        Fels Naptha and a scrub brush my favorite!!

      • Angie (Sweet Sidekick)

        Sweet! I will have to give that a try!

      • Emily

        Yeeeesssss! Fels naptha is THE BEST!

      • Shannon

        Yes!! Fels-naptha is amazing, only $1 and it lasts forever!!

    • K

      The best thing I found for oil stains is dish soap. I just squirt a bit on the spot and scrub it in. Let sit an hour or more and throw in the wash. Comes out perfect every time. HOWEVER don’t use blue dish soap on white clothes….leaves a blue stain

  2. Emily

    My favorite is the very similar Shout gel stick! I also keep Tide-To-Go with me at work and in my purse.

  3. Carrie Ann

    This is the best stain stick! It’s all I use at my house! It’s saved lots of my daughters clothes!!

    • Angie (Sweet Sidekick)

      Yay! So glad you like it too!

  4. 🌻biscotti 🍀

    Thank you for this post. Does anyone have a recommendation for removing deodar stains? I used the dove dry spray and wore a brand new shirt over and it got stained right away. I don’t want to throw the shirt away.🙁

    • chaeysa

      Wet with vinegar, sprinkle baking soda on top, gently scrub it into the fabric and let set until wash day.

      • jen

        My husband’s black shirt always have really bad deodorant stains, I also use vinegar and baking soda and scrub, works every time.

    • Kylie

      I always use baby wipes on my deodorant stained clothes and it comes right off. I’ve also heard of rubbing w a pair of jeans!

    • Angelica

      I use dryer sheets if it’s a white deodorant stain on darker clothing

    • 🌻biscotti 🍀

      Thank you ladies. I will try your suggestions and hopefully they’ll save my shirt. 🙏

  5. Kay

    I have never tried this pre treating stick. We use the Oxi Clean Powder to soak clothes in and it works wonders. My husband uses it on stains from poop explosions from our infant daughter or food/school stains with my preschoolers. I usually find the large box on sale at Sam’s Club.

    • StephB

      Yes I agree! The oxi clean powder works AMAZING!!! I also have an infant daughter and soak poop stains overnight in warm water and they are completely gone. I even soaked baby clothes that had old stains (7 years ago from
      my first daughter) and it got almost all of them out! I will definitely try the stick! Oxiclean products are great!!👍🏼

      • Angie (Sweet Sidekick)

        Wow! The powder sounds amazing! I will have to give that a try!

    • Lo

      What is the ratio of powder to water that you use? Thanks so much!!

  6. Ann

    Zout! Hands down the best.

    • Thehenrydthoreau

      I second Zout. It gets out all stains with ease. It is only .97 for a huge bar too.

    • Mary

      Zout is by far the best I’ve used. I also love Clorox Oxi for soaking. I’ve removed old baby stains from second hand clothes and they come out like new.

  7. Diane

    Does this work on mustard stains? That is the only stain I have not been able to conquer and I have tried all different products.

    • Andrea

      Wondering the same. I’ve never been able to get mustard out.

  8. Julie

    Goop hand cleaner is great for stains, especially greasy ones. Rub it on the stain and let it sit about 30 minutes then wash! Works great and very inexpensive 😋

    • rebecca

      oh my gosh, yes! i came on the comments to say the same thing. one of the few things that works on greasy stains.
      one time i had a terrible giant black ink stain on a light-colored shirt and Goop worked great.

      • Nicole Z.

        Goop is my favorite, too!!!

  9. Norma

    Thank you very much for these type of posts! Greatly appreciated

    • Angie (Sweet Sidekick)

      You’re welcome! So glad they are helpful! 😀

  10. Bonnie

    One of my favorite stain fighters is Fels Naptha bars. I’ve had great success getting out stains that I didn’t notice until after the item went through the dryer. Especially good with greasy stains.

  11. Danielle

    Thanks for the review. I just ordered this to give it a try. With 3 kiddos, we will have plenty of chances to use it!!

  12. Jen D

    OK – can ANYBODY recommend a way to get out deoderant stains from the armpits of polyester dress shirts? I have a bunch of 100% poly long sleeve button down dress shirts from Express and Ann Taylor that I wear every week to work. They ALL have dark pit stains from my deoderant and they don’t come out in the wash. I have tried vinegar and baking soda and dish soap, nothing gets them out. Has anybody had success with dealing with this?? It’s disgusting…haha.

    • Erin

      Funny you should ask this. I’ve been experimenting ways to get deodorant pit stains out of my sports bras and workout tops. There’s a good DIY recipe on FB that uses Dawn, baking soda, and peroxide. Lately, though, I’ve been using Oxiclean liquid detergent, slightly diluted, “painting” it on the stained area using a chip brush from Michaels. Let it set until wash day and launder as usual. It seems to be working.

    • mel

      Several of my husband’s older black polyester (tactical polo’s) had set in whitish stick deo stains. I saw a FB clip on secret uses of dryer sheets, so one day while watching tv, I rubbed away. The white stuff started flaking off and after washing, looked just as good as his newer polo’s. He uses the spray deo’s now, and none of his shirts have this issue anymore since switching from the stick. He uses Degree Black+White, which I find has also helped keep the yellowing on white shirts to a minimum when he has to wear his button up dress shirts.

  13. Rebecca

    This is my favorite stain remover as well!! Have used it for several years, have 2 messy boys & we hand-down clothes, so obviously we want them still looking great for the 2nd child. This does the trick. Also love that you don’t need to wash it out right away.

  14. kymom

    Does anyone know if this works for dry erase marker stains? My son has ruined most of his school uniforms with dry erase markers & I haven’t been able to find anything that works!

    • Aileen Sanchez

      These sticks did not work on dry erase stains for me. The first day of school my daughter got a bright red dry erase marker stain on her khaki shorts! I googled and tried rubbing alcohol. It didn’t work. Back to google and saw carpet cleaner as a suggestion. It worked! I used Woolite carpet & upholstery cleaner with stainlift technology.

    • Natalie

      Kymom – try rubbing alcohol. Put a couple paper towels underneath and douse the top with the rubbing alcohol. Blot with more paper towels. I use rubbing alcohol to get ink marks off my leather sofa as well latex paint out of clothes.

    • LF

      I had this problem years ago with my daughter. I couldn’t get the stains out. After several outfits were ruined I found washable dry erase markers online! I’m sure they sell them on Amazon.

    • JC

      Dry Erase marker stains on clothing can be removed with Murphy’s Oil Soap!! Sounds strange, but it works. I’ve saved so many clothes with this, and still keep it handy. (Btw, Rubbing alcohol is great for regular marker or ink stains. Dry Erase markers are different).

  15. Gerta

    Totally swear by the Dollar Store generic spray and wash in the bottle. It works better for us than the name brand stuff. We also use their generic oxi-clean to wash all our doggy stuff. Gets out the stains and any funky doggy smells 😉

  16. Tammy

    Any body have any luck with red dirt stains in white baseball pants?

    • Amy

      I swear by Soil Love from the 99 Cent Only store. It comes in a small green bottle. I pour mine into a spray bottle. Spray it on the red dirt and rub in. I’ve used on my son’s baseball pants for years!

  17. KetaCar

    Wow! Thanks I just ordered from Amazon for $4.23 shipped after $2 coupon and S&S!!

    • Angie (Sweet Sidekick)

      You’re welcome! Hope you like it as much as I do!

  18. Amy

    Hydrogen peroxide ALWAYS gets blood stains out new and old stains. It is instant, works like magic.

  19. Natalie

    For oil stains… rub the stain with chalk. I use my kids sidewalk chalk and rub it good over stain then let set for a couple of hours. I am really bad about getting grease splatters when frying bacon and the chalk has always gotten rid of stain.

    • mel

      great tip! I will have to try that. I always forget to change shirts or use an apron until *after* I get splattered by bacon grease!

  20. ASHLEY

    I guess I’m the only one who had HATES the oxi stick! It tinted all my light color clothes blue!

    • Emily

      I love oxi clean spray. It’s clear and works great on organic stains (blood, grass, berries, etc).

  21. K

    I am geeking over this thread. Keep the recommendations coming everyone! My husband is a meticulous eater. Me..not so much.😅

  22. Luna

    Just in time as always with these kind of posts. Thanks gotta try for my kids clothes ruined due to unrecognizable stains

  23. Amy has an awesome stain stick that gets out old stains too. Just fyi…..I have 4 kids and messy husband so I’m always using something. I hated Oxy as it stained my stains. Zout is a back-up to the mygreenfills when I run out. But I try and not do too many chemicals

    • Laurie

      LOVE LOVE LOVE MYGREENFILLS stain stick!! I use all of their products –

  24. Kaonu

    Thanks for everyone’s suggestions. How bout removing Black Sharpie stains off a comforter?

    • Kylie

      Try putting hand sanitizer on it. The alcohol should remove the ink.

  25. Cari

    I knew before even opening this article it would be this oxiclean stick!! I love it!

    • Angie (Sweet Sidekick)

      Me too! It’s awesome!

  26. Heather

    I’ve had good results with this stain stick too.

  27. dana

    My tried/true inexpensive stain remover……Barbasol Original Shaving Cream! I mainly use it to get old and new blood stains. Has worked every time. Also has to be the one in red and blue can,,,no special scents or moisturizers. Usually $1 or less and last a while. Give it a try. You can always use it for its orginal purpose….shaving!

  28. yomac

    Grandmas stain remove works 10 better. It will remove anything. You can purchase it at Walmart.

  29. Mary

    Anyone know how to get gross gym smells out of gym clothes? I’ve tried to soak in oxiclean powder before laundering, but it’s not working. The smells remain…

    • Jay

      Try washing in vinegar and again wash it like you regularly wash your laundry!

    • Emily

      Have you tried borax powder?

  30. katie

    Has anyone found a way to get ballpoint pen out of clothes? I’ve tried Clorox stain remover and hairspray. The hairspray made no difference. The stain remover either made the black ink turn blue or did nothing.

  31. Lo

    Anyone know how to get the I left this wet in the washing machine too long weird mildew smell out? Does drying it cement the smell because it smells no matter how many times wash it with vinegar.

    • Luv

      Do you have front load washer? The person that delivered ours said front load washers requires more care. Wipe down the drum dry and leave door open after each use.

    • Emily

      I wash smelly wash cloths, towels, etc on a sanitary wash cycle. I have an lg front loader. It works great for me, but not sure that all washers have that setting though.

  32. Amy

    Okay…how about the nasty mildew smell of towels and washcloths? I’ve got two young boys and am CONSTANTLY using washcloths to attempt to keep them clean. The washcloths (and some towels) have a lingering scent. I use vinegar regularly in the washing machine and the machine is BRAND new. I’ve also tried the powder oxyclean but that doesn’t take it away either. Suggestions?

    • Emily

      Sanitizing wash cycle if you have that option. Or maybe add borax to your wash.

  33. Jacki

    I have two good ole fashion stain removers. The first one is from the stories from my grandmother cleaning the stains from her 4 boys clothes. She used a Lava bar for tough stains especially grass on football pants but I will tested on any stain in an inconspicuous spot first. It has taken out pen marks from and other unknown stains from uniform pants.
    The other is for grass stains on boys jeans. You take lemon juice put it on the stain, let it sit out in the sun for several hours and it will take the stain right out. I know it sounds crazy but it works on jeans.
    For those who are trying to get out old smells I found something on Pinterest and finally found the one thing that worked. You have to use an enzyme cleaner. The brand I found this on Amazon and it was called GroVia pods. They say it’s for cloth diapers but I have used it on all the old T-shirts and clothes that have smells that just won’t go away. It was from a time when we were making our own laundry. The clothes never really got clean. Sorry I don’t have the original blogger but it works. Kind of expensive but worth saving the clothes.

  34. Dhigc

    Thank you so much for sharing this …..

  35. Nana Donna 2 6

    Does this work on the orange sunscreen stain that you don’t notice until you take it out of the washer? I’ve used The Works Shower/Tub Spray, but it does not always get the stain completely out. I know this stain is a result of a chemical reaction with hard water and avobenzone creating a “rust” stain. Have tried to get avobenzone-free sunscreen, but it’s a key protection ingredient in the top sunscreens.

  36. Jacki

    I’m not sure Ive ever had stains from sun screen. It’s always good to try it on a inconspicuous spot but if there’s nothing to lose and your going to throw it out anyway I normally just go for it.

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