We Tested Google’s Tips for Getting Stains Out of Your Clothes. You’re Welcome.

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Reactions Science Videos | September 18, 2019

Stained your shirt but don’t have time for a spin cycle? Your first impulse is probably to whip out your phone and start Googling. But how reliable are the quick stain removal tips you come across? This week on Reactions, we try out a bunch of those tips and consider the chemistry behind why some are more effective than others.

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Chemistry of stain removal

Stain removal guide that has some useful info but everything is for pre-dryclean or pre-laundering

Stain removal infographic from Compound Chemistry

This paper concluded that, for blood stain removal, hot water is actually best and that heparin, alteplase, and streptokinase all made the stains worse

Cleaning blood stains

Remove blood stains with hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide and blood stains

Hydrogen Peroxide: the body's best defence system

Blood cells and catalase

Quick tip for getting grease stains out of clothes

Removing grease from clothes

Dawn how to remove grease stains from clothing

Tons of (some crazy) grease removal suggestions like cheeze wiz or coca cola

How temperature influences solubility of water

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