The student's in Dee Waters' Gifted Science class have plenty of clothing stain horror stories to share. "That is a coffee stain," said Matt. "Chili," Jessie explained. "I have no clue what that is," Reed said pointing at a the brown and red spots on his shirt.
"Middle schoolers and stains on their shirt, all the time," Mrs. Waters said. That's why we asked her class to check out a product that is supposed to stop stains before they set in.
Blox, which was recently renamed Wonder Care, claims it will actually repel stains before they damage your cloths.
So Mrs. Waters' science class put what they've learned in class into practice and tested the claims.
The product comes in two versions, one that you spray on your fabrics. Another that you add to your washer's fabric softener dispenser or add during the rinse cycle.
After applying it to some shirts, the students got to work. First George poured grape juice on our untreated shirt. It soaked right in. Then the shirt that we sprayed the Blox onto directly. The juice beaded up and rolled off for the most part. "Wow," George exclaimed.
Then he poured on some ketchup. But it seemed to soak into the shirt. While it cleaned up better than the untreated shirt there was still a stain.
The shirts that we had washed in the Blox didn't seem to do as good a job of repelling liquids. The students poured on coffee and soy sauce. While some of the liquid rolled off, not of of it did.
"I think the spray worked better," said Paula.
In the commercial, when a boy poured a whole cup of juice on his shirt it was repelled like magic. But in the student's recreation, the result weren't nearly as dramatic. While a lot of juice rolled off the treated shirt, some soaked in leaving a stain. "It kinda' actually worked," said R.J.. However Reed pointed out that the shirt was still ruined.
Then in the name of science, our students staged a food fight. Chocolate pudding, mayonnaise, salad dressing, bar-b-que sauce and fruit juice went flying all over their treated shirts.
What did our young scientist discover? "The water would bead off but sauces wouldn't," Jessie said.
What else did they learn? "Well we learned not to trust commercial," she said.
A Wonder Care variety set goes for $30. Do our testers think it's worth it? They said probably not. "Thumbs up, thumbs down."
The maker of Wonder Care said even if the stain was not repelled, the product should help release it in the wash.