Laundry is a household chore that’s as inevitable as death and taxes, and every adult needs to tackle. And nearly half of Americans do laundry to remove stains that “drive them crazy”.
A YouGov survey of more than 1,000 respondents’ shows that 95% of people do their laundry at home, and that more than half do laundry 2-6 times per week. Parents are most stain-obsessed, with 52% saying stain removal is their main reason for doing laundry.
Stain removal is twice as important for them than clothes that smell fresh and retain their colors. Nearly 40% of respondents stated they can't stand having a stain on their clothing as it drives them crazy and embarrasses them.
The stains that bother them most are blood, followed by crayon, grass, ketchup, marker pen ink and mustard.
"When thinking about stain removal, it's important to have a stain removal system in place to ensure clothes getting fully clean," says Leigh Murphy, a scientist working at Novozymes.
Murphy examines thousands of stains every year. As a scientist who works to develop enzymes to be used in laundry detergents, where they help to remove stains, he knows what he is talking about.
"When in doubt, soak the garment and allow stains to dissolve before throwing the item in the washer and then drying the item; if you don’t, you risk that the stain becomes permanent."
The top five troublesome stains for Americans and how to remove them:
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