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Carbona Laundry Stain Scrubber Review: The Best Stain Remover?

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For as long as I can remember, stains have been the bane of my existence. Now, that makes me sound like a messy person but in reality, I’m truly just a clumsy person. In fact, it’s become a running joke among my friends as to how long it’ll take me to spill something on myself when we go out (hint: the answer is “not that long”). Alongside being clumsy with drinks and food, I can admittedly also be uncoordinated in the kitchen, which led to me destroying my favorite kitchen dish towel after an unfortunate accident with a knife and an onion — or at least I thought I destroyed it. After nursing and bandaging my wound, I tried to salvage my dish towel with a product I had recently been sent for testing: Carbona’s Laundry Stain Scrubber. Since that very day, it’s become a beloved part of my laundry kit, saving many pieces (and my sanity) along the way.

So, what exactly is in this stain-fighting gel that makes it so powerful? Designed to treat even the most stubborn stains, Carbona uses a natural enzyme-based formula (and a built-in brush applicator) to effectively remove stains in minutes — both fresh and dried — no matter the type. In fact, the brand touts the ability to treat more than 100 different stains from grass to makeup to red wine and more. Best of all, Carbona is safe to use on any water-safe fabric, making it a great go-to for most fabrics save for, let’s say, suede. It’s also safe on both colors and whites thanks to its bleach-free formula (another bonus if you’re looking to stay away from harsh chemicals).

While saving my dish towel from the point of no return may have been the first miracle this stain remover worked, it certainly wasn’t the last. Over the past few months, I’ve tested it on everything. Sauce stains on a white t-shirt? No match. Wine stains on my favorite pair of pants? Like it never happened. The real test, however, came when I put it up against one of the worst staining culprits: ink. After fumbling with an especially inky pen, I left a Jackson Pollock-like mess of marks across one of my favorite tops. After a minor meltdown, I reached for Carbona and thought to myself, “If this can get ink out, it’s truly a miracle product.” I applied the gel and gently scrubbed it with the attached agitator, let it soak for 10 minutes per the instructions, and threw it in the wash. To my bewilderment, the stain was gone, and in its place was a perfectly clean shirt and a forever ride-or-die fan.

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