This Week I Love …

tide pen

… my Tide Pen.

I am a spaghetti sauce magnet. Also salad dressing. And occasionally ice cream. Oh, who am I kidding, my klutzy nature means that most of my meals end up decorating my clothes in one way or another. And although I still swear by Palmolive as the ultimate stain remover, you’ve gotta dampen the stain, douse it in Palmolive, let it sit, wash it, and await the results. (Usually miraculous, occasionally only passable.) Sometimes you can’t make it home to change, and sometimes you end up with a stain that needs immediate triage. Enter the Tide Pen.

This little wonder is ideal for dealing with or pre-treating stains as they happen and works best on “fresh” stains. Just as the manufacturer says, the Tide Pen works beautifully on tomato juice, ketchup, BBQ sauce, grape juice, coffee, wine, tea, and chocolate syrup. I remember going to a banquet with Husband Mike and his coworkers, and watching one of his managers dip the sleeve of her ivory silk blouse in a cherry sauce. I whipped out my Tide Pen and TOTALLY SAVED THE DAY. Some reviewers have had good luck with oily stains, but I’ve had mixed results myself. A few vinaigrettes have needed the full Palmolive treatment. But overall, this product works beautifully in a pinch and can save your clothes from ruination.

Anyone else a fan of the Tide Pen? Other stain triage products to recommend?

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10 Responses to “This Week I Love …”

  1. Diane Stenglein

    I will have to give this Palmolive treatment a try. I’ve been using Neutrogena acne wash to the same effect for years.

  2. Kristy Johnston

    Huge fan of the Tide pen for immediate triage.

  3. belanus5

    As a member of the Klutz Klub, I always have the Tide pen with me wherever I go. Everyone at work comes to me for those inevitable spills. Great on coffee and tea, the usual culprits at my office.

  4. nesspas

    Love the Tide pen! I’ve always got one on me, and it’s saved the day countless times.

  5. Ginger

    I need that. Hubs has never eaten a french fry that didn’t leave a spot on his nice golf shirts.

  6. Margot

    LOVE the tide pen. I always have one in my purse. Especially good for travel when you’re out and about and have zero access to a sink or washing machine. Take that, ketchup!

  7. Erika

    Does this have the same function as the wipes? I haven’t had good luck with those! We have a liquid kitchen soap at home that is quite effective at degreasing hands from oil and meat grease and also great at getting oily stains out of shirts. It’s called Sun & Earth.

    • Sally McGraw

      Hi Erika! It serves the same purpose as the wipes, but functions differently. The pen has a hard plastic tip. You push gently to release the fluid and then kind of tap or blot with the plastic tip. With the wipes, I feel like I’m just moving the stain around. With the pen it seems to break it up a bit more. Does that make sense?

      • Erika

        Oh, that’s just what I need to know, thank you! “Moving the stain around” was my exact experience with the wipes, hence my frustration with them. I’ll check the pen out based on this description.

  8. Lisa Wong

    I always carry one with me—it’s how I can get away with wearing so many summer whites unscathed!