Admit it, you’ve Googled, “How to remove…” for red wine spills, bacon grease splatters, and even blood droplets. These all feel impossibly unforgiving when they get on your clothes, so we turn to the search platform hoping the almighty Google will provide the help we need.
The internet offers up some interesting solutions to get stains out, but should you trust Google’s crowdsourced advice? Chemists from the American Chemical Society systematically tested different stain removal tips pulled from Google search results and definitively determined what works and what doesn’t.
The internet isn’t totally full of lies, and some suggestions seemed to work. Others not so much. Hairspray for a grease stain? Not really, unless you want a crunchy T-shirt. For blood stains, hydrogen peroxide worked best, but definitely don’t use lemon juice. Then, red wine and boiling water do mix it turns out. As to that bacon grease: dish soap and water is the move. Not so much for Coca Cola.
Thanks, but no thanks, internet.