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Rit Super Stain Remover - About.com Laundry Guide Product Review

Be Clean Before You Dye

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Rit Super Stain Remover - About.com Laundry Guide Product Review

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We are human. Stains happen. But no one like stains. That's why we all try so hard to rid our clothes and linens of the evidence that we are messy. Rit has a laundry treatment they call a Super Stain Remover to help you be clean before you dye or even if you don't plan to dye!

Rit Super Stain Remover

Rit Super Stain Remover comes in an eight-fluid-ounce bottle that has a suggested manufacturer's price of $3.99. The bottle features a cap with a flip-open applicator so the product can be easily directed at a specific stain. Bottle instructions are offered in Spanish and English.

The formula specifies that it is for tough stains like grease, food and dirt. It should be used to pretreat stains on fabric before washing. It is safe for all washable whites and colorfast fabrics. It is recommended to use the hottest water safe for the fabric for best stain removal results.

Rit Super Stain Remover should be applied directly to the stain and rubbed in. Let the product work for five to ten minutes and then wash as usual. Certain stains like permanent inks, dyes, bleach damage or dried paint may be impossible to remove. For items that are heavily soiled or greasy, Rit recommends using one half cup of Rit Super Stain Remover to two gallons of warm water. The soiled items should be submerged and soaked for thirty minutes before washing.

There are no ingredients listed on the bottle. I contacted Phoenix Brands to request a list of ingredients and received this message: "Phoenix Brands, makers of fine home care products greatly appreciates your business and interest in our products. We also thank you for your recent request for a list of ingredients in our RIT Super Stain Remover. We greatly appreciate your business and interest in our products. We do not publish information on the ingredients for this product other than the information you find on the product packaging as the product formula is proprietary information which we consider to be a trade secret. Please be assured however that the ingredients have been evaluated for safety and appropriate warnings are included on the product package."

The World of Rit

The Rit Dye Company began in Chicago, Illinois with an entrepreneur, Charles C. Huffman. Mr. Huffman created a formula of dye and soap that would color fabrics and wash them at the same time. The name came from his friend, Louis Rittenhouse, who invested in the company and became its first vice-president. In 1917, the company opened with the slogan: "Never Say Dye...Say Rit!" As America went through the Great Depression, Rit Dye was there to help women extend the life of clothes and household goods.

In the 1940s new fabrics were hitting the marketplace and Rit developed a new all-purpose formula that would dye nylon and other synthetic fabrics as well as natural fibers.

The 1960s signaled the hey-day of fabric dye as tie-dyed fabrics become the uniform of the counter-culture movement. Rit Dye is now popular in crafting circles for use on fabric, paper, wood and plastics.

Additional laundry treatments like Rit Brightener & Whitener, Rit Rust Remover, Rit Fixative, Rit White-Wash and Rit Color Remover have been added to the basic line of dye products.

Rit is a product brand of Phoenix Brands, LLC based in Stamford, Connecticut.

Guide Recommendation

I gave Rit Super Stain Remover a test on our usual laundry stains. It worked well on fresh stains of oil and food. It did not work as well on older stains that had already been washed and dried. The stains remained after a couple of treatments.

I am concerned that product ingredients are not listed or available from the company. This could be an issue for those with chemical sensitivities. While Rit Super Stain Remover does perform in removing stains, take time to compare price and information with other stain removal options.

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