Store bought prewash sprays never seem to be good enough for my family. Also my fingers get tired of squirting the stuff all over our clothes. What I've come up with has worked on everything I've thrown at it including old dried blood, chocolate, grease, etc.
I purchase "Super Clean" cleaner-degreaser in the 1 gallon container out of the automotive dept. at Wal-Mart. I mix it with water at a rate of 1 part cleaner to 10 parts water for most prewashing jobs. Most of the time I don't even have to rub the spot, but if it looks stubborn, I just give it a rub. If the stain is really tough (like dried blood), I use it at full strength.
I also used this when I worked for a car detailing company. We would squirt on the cloth seats and the carpet to remove anything before we started soaping it down. Worked GREAT!!!!
I will have to look for that stuff and give it a try. I've got some dried blood on my daughter's sheets and comforter from when she had a bloody nose and wasn't able to get out. I have also found that by adding either some Arm & Hammer Washing Soda or some baking soda along with my detergent that in most cases everything comes out clean and I didn't have to do the pre-treating!
I LOVE this stuff I have been using it for years and it can't be beat also gets dried paint off if used full strength. I use it for everything from the grill to the carpet. Never buy anything else. At $10.00 for 5 gal you cant go wrong
After reading this post I went to Walmart and bought the gallon size jug of Super Clean. I have been through so many cleaners that claim to do everything that I was leary of buying this one. I got it home and mixed it. This stuff really works, I tried it on and old blood stain full strength and let it sit just a few minutes. It got all of the stain out. I have never seen a product that would do that befrore. Get some of this stuff. I paid about $7.00 for a full gallon of consentrate but it will last a long, long time. You will save a lot of money when you do not have to buy those clothes "spot removers" that dont work or only remove part of the stain. I will be keeping this around the house from now on, you should to because it is money well spent.
I'm willing to try the WM stuff but there's NO way it could be better for blood and chocolate than my old stand by.... Hydrogen Peroxide. I buy a big bottle and replace the top with a spray top. You can use it on carpet (poof and it's clean), laundry, even the shirt you are wearing. It'll clean any stain that is biologic.
If you look at the ingredients of some of the "new" products you'll see good old HP. The Tide purse stick and Oxy Clean are two example of HP in the market now days.
I'm sure you should try a bit on an unseen location but I have never found any material that HP has hurt.
A bonus use is that with the sprayer on the top it makes it quick and easy to doctor up your child's skined knee, squirt squirt, blot blot, and you're ready for the bandaid. Not even time for a second scream.
I don't know if anyone will come back to this topic to answer me but just wondered what gets out set in blood. My daughter's sheets and comforter got bloodied up from a nose bleed in the night. My well-intentioned hubby washed w/o any pretreating and then put in the dryer. Needless to say, the blood is still there. I tried working on the stains but to no avail. I forgot to buy that Super Clean product and I've been at Wal Mart countless times! I am glad I was looking at some of my old posts and found this. I just need to know if that product or any product for that matter will get out set in blood stains?
Editor's Note: Once it is set, it's harder to get out but you can try soaking the spots in hydrogen peroxide.
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