Laundry Stain Removers Reviewed

Canstar Blue’s latest laundry stain remover review compares ALDI’s Di-San, Sard Wonder, Earth Choice, Coles Ultra and Vanish on their effectiveness, scent, environmental friendliness, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

See our Ratings Methodology.

Best laundry stain remover 2021

Most Satisfied Customers | ALDI Di-San

ALDI Di-San was rated best laundry stain remover for the second year in a row, achieving five-star reviews for effectiveness, scent, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Danced like no one was watching, and ended up spilling a glass of red on your new dress? Accidentally dipped both your fork and your shirt in that tasty bowl of Bolognese? Or maybe you scored yourself a winning goal, as well as a few grass stains. We feel you.

Stains are part of life and sometimes applying elbow grease to clean up spots can make the problem bigger, or simply cause the colour on your shirt to fade half away. That’s where laundry stain removers come in handy, but finding a product that’s tough on stains and gentle on your clothes and budget can be hard.

That’s why Canstar Blue has surveyed more than 1,380 Aussies for their feedback on the laundry stain removers they’ve bought and used in the last six months. We asked respondents to rate their respective brands and products on effectiveness, scent, packaging design, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that received the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results.

ALDI’s Di-San continues to clean up best in our laundry stain remover review, achieving five stars for overall satisfaction for the second year in a row! It also earned full marks in most other categories.

Best Laundry Stain Removers

Best stain removers

Here are the best laundry stain removers in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:

  1. ALDI Di-San
  2. Sard Wonder
  3. Earth Choice
  4. Coles Ultra
  5. Vanish

ALDI’s Di-San scrubbed up best with a five-star review for overall satisfaction, while Sard Wonder, Earth Choice, Coles Ultra and Vanish sat on four stars overall.

Earth Choice was the only brand that got the edge over the discount supermarket, achieving full marks for environmental friendliness. It got the same result for scent, as did Sard Wonder when it came to effectiveness.

Laundry Stain Remover Brands

ALDI Di-San

ALDI Di San laundry stain remover

German supermarket ALDI is not just home to the infamous Special Buys, but also to a seriously large selection of private label brands, spanning across groceries and household products. Di-San is just one of them, offering a couple of household products like the Di-San Pre Wash Stain Remover Degreaser. Claimed to be Australian-made, this stain remover is targeted towards getting rid of greasy oil stains, and is said to be safe on colours and whites. ALDI Di-San’s laundry stain remover comes in a 500ml spray bottle and is available in a lemon fragrance.

  • ALDI Di-San cleared most of the board with five stars, including for effectiveness, value for money, scent, packaging design and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for eco-friendliness.

Sard Wonder

Sard Wonder Laundry Stain Remover

Created by an Aussie bloke in his backyard, Sard Wonder is a popular brand in the stain removal game. The range is tailored to suit different plans of attack, offering sprays, powders, foams, soaps and sheets for your washing machine.

For an all-rounder, the Sard Power Spray is claimed to be effective on protein, coloured and greasy stains. But if it’s sweat and yellow stains from deodorant that you want to say goodbye to, the Sard Deo & Sweat Spray is apparently the go-to item. For something stronger, the Sard Super Power Soaker is stated to be the manufacturer’s most powerful in-wash booster and antibacterial stain remover soaker. There’s also Sard Sublime White to brighten white fabrics and prevent greying.

  • Sard Wonder impressed consumers with its effectiveness, scoring a five-star review in the category. It got four stars in the majority of the remaining areas, including value for money, packaging design, scent and overall satisfaction. The only exception was environmental friendliness, where it got three stars.

Earth Choice

Earth Choice Laundry Stain Remover

For an environmentally friendly way to remove stains, Earth Choice might be worth considering. It’s one of the many brands under the Nature Organics company, which claims to use plant-based ingredients from renewable and sustainable sources rather than ingredients synthetically obtained.

Earth Choice currently has a couple of stain removal products, including the Earth Choice Ultra Power Stain Remover and Earth Choice Laundry Liquid With Stain Remover. The Earth Choice Ultra Power Stain Remover is available in a 400ml spray bottle, while the Earth Choice BioPlus Laundry Liquid With Stain Remover comes in a 2L bottle.

  • Earth Choice earned five-star reviews for scent and environmental friendliness, plus four stars for value for money, packaging design and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for effectiveness.

Coles Ultra

Coles Ultra laundry stain remover

Another supermarket private label worth thinking about is Coles Ultra, which sells a large range of household items including disinfectants and more. Similarly, to ALDI, Coles Ultra makes the decision simple with just one product ─ the Coles Ultra Stain Remover Plus Pre-Wash Trigger. It’s available for just $1.30 and comes in a 500ml spray bottle.

  • Supermarket Coles Ultra was rated four stars for value for money and overall satisfaction, before ending on three stars for effectiveness, packaging design, scent and environmental friendliness.

Vanish

Vanish Napisan stain remover review

Vanish has become a household name in the stain removal game, thanks in part to its ever-famous ‘tough on stains’ range ─ Napisan. It offers a variety of options to deal with different types of fabrics, including clothes, linen and carpet. If you have sensitive skin, the Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Sensitive Powder is dermatologically tested and claimed to contain no added enzymes, dyes or fragrances.

Most of the powder stain removers are available in 1kg or 2kg tubs, such as the Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Powder, although there are 3kg tubs and 900g packs similarly available for some items. For gels, there are currently two options in either a 950ml and 1.75L option. The pre-treaters are additionally available in 375ml spray bottles, except for the Vanish Preen Power Gel which is sold in a 200ml can.

  • Vanish earned four stars in most categories, including effectiveness and overall satisfaction. The only exceptions were value for money and environmental friendliness, where it got three stars.

Why should you use a laundry stain remover?

Stained clothes are inevitable, and removing them can be a real challenge. Stains can become chemically bound to certain materials, making them hard and sometimes impossible to remove without damaging the fabric itself. That’s where laundry stain removers come in. They typically contain a special formula with oxidizing agents that basically target and ‘unbind’ stains. What’s difficult though, is finding a good-quality product that will do the job and also keep your favourite t-shirts shmick. Our survey found 38% of respondents soak their stained clothing in laundry powder or laundry liquid before putting them in the washing machine for a full cycle, to help with the task of removing stains.

Our research also revealed the following trends:

  • The most common stains reported by respondents were tea and coffee (74%), followed by grass and mud (55%), blood (53%), pen marks (42%) and red wine (30%).
  • One in three Aussies (37%) surveyed have used multiple brands of stain remover.
  • Two in five consumers (41%) stick to buying the same brand.
  • A fifth (20%) of respondents immediately put their clothes in the washing machine whenever they get a stain.
  • A handful of Aussies surveyed (12%) use their stain remover on other items like furniture and carpet.

What’s the best laundry stain remover to buy?

What’s the best laundry stain remover to buy?

According to our research, the majority of Aussies (63%) prefer to use pre-treatment stain removers which typically come in a gel form, bar or spray bottle. Meanwhile, one in three (36%) like to use a detergent stain remover (in liquid or powder), that you can add to your load of washing with the rest of your laundry.

Whichever type you choose is up to you, but what you want to look for is a stain remover that is tough on stains and gentle on your clothes. Our survey found that effectiveness was the biggest driver of satisfaction for consumers who buy laundry stain remover (36%), followed by value for money (23%). If we’re talking strictly efficiency, you should look for a stain remover that:

  • targets all types of stains like oil stains, grass stains and so on
  • works on old andnew or ‘set’ stains
  • can be used on different fabrics such as wool, polyester and cotton
  • contains an enzyme-based formula (typically considered most effective)

In terms of value, the best way to get the best bang for your buck is to shop around and compare products from different brands and retailers. Use our online review as a starting guide for the next time you go shopping.

What shouldn't you do to stained clothes

What should you avoid?

Ok, so you want a stain remover that gets rid of stains effectively, but that also won’t damage your clothes, so steer clear from products that contain a harsh bleach formula. Oxygen-based bleach is typically fine, but do patch test your product on an old cloth to be sure.

If you’re treating coloured clothes, make sure you’re using a colour-safe stain remover to avoid turning your blue shirt purple. Lastly, delicate fabrics such as silk, velvet and leather, should not be treated with a stain remover, but dry cleaned by a professional.

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a laundry stain remover in the last six months (i.e. stain remover applied to clothes and laundry, either in-wash or pre-wash, not laundry detergent) – in this case, 1,383 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

Here is the previous winner of Canstar Blue’s laundry stain remover review:

  • 2020: ALDI Di-San

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