Article on shirt stains: "Dirty Little Secret"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Detergent makers like to brag that their product will get rid of the toughest stains, like grass. Come on — grass stains are a piece of cake (my weapon of choice for both grass and cake: a shot of liquid Era). But perspiration stains ... those are tough. I’ve never found a product that’s worked.

So when I got an unsolicited sample of a potion called PITSTOP in the mail a few weeks ago I was skeptical. I dug out the grungiest, yellowest shirt I could find. I treated one sleeve with PITSTOP. I left the other one untreated. I washed the shirt. The result? The untreated side looked no different. The treated side? Practically perfect. A 12-ounce bottle is $12.50 at a site with a fitting — if inelegant — name: