Pros:Nicely designed that's easy to handle, safe on most fabrics
Cons:There are some stains that it won't remove
The Bottom Line: This Tide To Go is great for those small stains that we all happen to get. It's a stain remover pen that's portable and easy to take most anywhere.
I was quite happy when I received this Tide To Go Stain pen stain remover in the mail. I've used Powdered tide for a number of years now, and I've always been happy with the results of the cleaning of my clothes. So when I received this Tide to go Stain remover I couldn't wait to give it a try.
The instant stain remover comes in a shape of a marking pen that's filled with 10ml (0.338FL. oz.) of Tide stain remover. It also comes with easy to read directions, and states that the Tide to Go will remove many fresh food and drink stains. Although it does state that it is not a pre treater.
STAINS THAT THE TIDE TO GO WILL CLEAN:
STAINS THAT TIDE TO GO DOES NOT WORK AS WELL ON REMOVING STAINS:
My first experience using the stain remover was on some Spaghetti sauce that I had made from scratch. I made a big pot full of sauce and was spooning the sauce into 5 one quart containers. Although I was careful, I did manage to spatter 3 spots on my light blue t-shirt. I didn't realize that I'd done this until my husband at the dinner table noticed the stains and told me. By then the sauce had dried and had already set.
After dinner I got out my handy little Tide To go pen, removed the cap and proceeded to press the tip down into the stain as directions stated. I pressed the tip down into the stain 4 or 5 times to release the Tide liquid solution right into the stain. Then I rubbed the tip over the stain and added a little more of the solution. I even rubbed the stain between my hands and gave it a good rubbing. I was a little surprised to see that the spaghetti stain had completely vanished right before my eyes. Now I'm thinking this Tide To Go is really a great product.
Shortly after that I decided to make a pan of brownies. Now I wanted to find out if how good this Tide To go pen would remove chocolate. I took my wooden spoon that I used to pour the batter into my brownie pan, and dabbed some of the chocolate into and old dish towel that my husband uses as a rag in the garage. Then I took a paper towel and dabbed off the excess chocolate. I took the pen and released the solution into the chocolate stain and then rubbed the solution back and forth over the stain with the tip several times. It did remove some of the chocolate. So I applied a little more of the solution on and worked it in again. Finally after the third try all of the chocolate stain had disappeared.
Now over July 4th, we were invited to my son's house for a barbecue. I made a big dish of fresh fruit and placed it in my cooler in the car. Before we took off I realized that I have 3 grand daughter's there plus there would be other couples there with their kids also. We all know how kids can have accidents with drinks and foods, so I decided to bring the Tide To Go pen with me to the barbecue to possibly try out on a few other stains that just might pop up at the barbecue.
Well I didn't have to wait very long after I was there. My 8 year old grand daughter spilled orange soda on her white denim shorts. She got all upset because these shorts were brand new and this was the first time she had worn them. Luckily it was just a small area on one leg. I blotted up the excess orange soda with a paper napkin and then used the Tide to Go pen and applied the solution into the stain area. After a little rubbing the stain did lighten up. I applied more solution and rubbed the stain with the tip, and finally the stain did disappear. Her tears finally turned into smiles, and I got a big hug and a kiss from her.
According to the directions, if any area that has been treated and is exposed to direct sunlight, a damp cloth should be used to blot up any excess solution. In my case I used several damp paper towels to remove any excess solution that may have been still left on my grand daughter's shorts.
Later on into the day, my next cleaning job was on some barbecue sauce that my daughter in-law had spattered on her t-shirt while turning some chicken on the grill. When she realized the stains were there, she went into the house to change her shirt. Of course me and my handy Tide to Go pen went in with her to try to try to clean off the barbecue sauce. She insisted that that it wasn't necessary, that she would throw it in the wash later that night. But I convinced her that I wanted to give it a try to see if the Tide to Go would remove the stain for her. I place a paper towel under the stain between the shirt and then applied the Tide solution on the stain and continued to work the solution into the stain. Well most of the barbecue sauce stain did come out. After applying the solution again, there still was a very pale stain left. But I was determined to remove the stain. So I applied the solution the third time and the stain was finally gone.
The kids all had had a great time and we all had a good time eating and playing the usual outdoor games that day. At about 8 o'clock that night my son and my husband gathered up some wood to put in the outdoor fireplace, so the kids could roast some marshmallows. Everything went well until one of the younger boys spilled some grape soda on his shirt. I could see my son rolling his eyes, and saying to himself, oh gees she's going to get out her magic pen again, which I did do. Even the boys mother wanted me to try and get the grape soda stain out. We removed the shirt and blotted up any excess soda with some paper towels. I applied the solution dabbing the point of the pen several times to release the Tide solution and continued to work the tip of the pen over the stain. This grape soda stain was a little difficult to remove. So I applied a second solution to the stain again. Some of the stain did come out, but most of the stain was still left on the shirt.
Tide To Go claims that it will remove grape juice, but I was a little surprised to see that it wouldn't remove all of the grape soda from the shirt.
I think this Tide To Go is nice to have to be able to carry in your purse, car or even in your diaper bag, just in case you do come across a fresh stain. It may not remove some stains completely out, but it will remove the most part of the stain, where it won't be as noticeable, until you can get it home to wash it out.
If you do have small children, make sure that this Tide To Go Stain Remover does not get into their hands, because it does look like a magic marker and the solution could get into their eyes.
On the packaging it also states that the Tide To Go pen is safe on most colorfast, machine washable and dry cleanable fabrics. Some fabrics may be susceptible to color change and should be tested on a hidden area prior to use.
I even dabbed a little of my liquid make up on a old white sock to see how well the Tide to Go would remove that stain. There have been a few times, especially when I had been running late in the morning, that I've managed to drip a drop or two of my make up on my shirt. So with sock in hand I dabbed a good amount of the Tide To Go on the make up and pressed the tip of the pen back and forth into the stain into the make. After applying the solution a few times, the stain did lighten up some, but the complete stain in the end would not budge and could not be completely be removed.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS:
I was pleased with the results of how well the Tide To Go pen did remove my spaghetti sauce from my shirt, the orange soda from my grand daughter's shorts, the chocolate brownie stain, along with the barbecue sauce from my daughter in-laws shirt. But I was a little disappointed that it wouldn't remove all of the grape soda from the boys t-shirt. All in all I thought it was a handy and unique stain remover pen to have around. I will keep one in my kitchen drawer for those food or drink stains that I do manage to get occasionally while I'm cooking and baking.
I'd like to thank the Devries Public Relations for the free Tide to Go so I could test it out, and write a review about it, providing that I do give an honest review on it's results, which I did do.
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