Spray N Wash Review: Remembering The Awesomeness That Was The Old School Version

by Taylor

I grew up using Spray N Wash pretreater on my clothes -- it was the go to stain remover in our house, and I think in many other people's houses as well.

In fact, I was so devoted to this product that when lots of my friends were having babies (I had my first child a bit younger than many of my friends, so I was the "wise Mom friend") I would make them each a little Mother's survival kit as a baby shower present, and it always included a bottle of this laundry product.

Heaven knows it helped me with all the spots and stains when my first child was little.

There was a time, especially when I was washing bibs constantly, and baby food was in heavy circulation in our home, that I just had it handy on the washer, ready to grab at a moment's notice to spray on just about everything as soon as it got into the laundry room.

However, it seems all good things must come to an end.

For some reason, even though it wasn't broke, at least in my opinion, they decided they needed to "fix" and "improve" my old school Spray N Wash (which many people think is actually called "Spray and Wash" but it's not!).

That's when Resolve took over the brand and added its "special stain fighters" to it.

That is around the time I quit buying it, because I didn't really
like the new version. I personally didn't think it worked as well as the older type.

I will confess that I actually bought a huge refill bottle of the old school version, and have been using it successfully for years, and just ignoring the fact that the product now has Resolve in it.

That big bottle would have run out long ago but I've been so busy trying out other stain removers to report my results for this site I still have just a little left, although it is almost all gone now. :(

Did anyone else love this brand of laundry pretreater in the past? If so, I'd love to hear how you used it, and your experiences with it. Further, have you switched to the newer version? Do you like it or not?

In addition, perhaps I've been too hard on the new version. After all, I haven't tried it in years, and I will admit I don't like change, although switching products all the time now to test for this site has made me much more open to new products than I used to be in the past.

If you'd like to share your reviews and experiences with the old or new version of this product you can share your review here, and I'll add it to the site!

***Update: Many people feel the same way! Here's some reviews of the new version of Resolve laundry stain remover. ***End Update

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Former Spray N Wash Advocate Forced To Use Other Products Now

by Laura

Laura says:

I agree that the newer version under the Resolve name is not as good as the original Spray N Wash.

The only Resolve product I use is the version with the dual spout - called the All Stain formula.

I use this if I am washing a garment that got stained and am running a wash the same day or if I discover something that is stained when I am sorting clothes.

It is a product that can't be left on more than several minutes.

For all other stains I prefer to use a stain remover that can be left on for several days.

The best approach is to pretreat stains as soon as possible, then drop them in the hamper until wash day.

While the stain stick version has this capability I have found that the Shout gel is much better.

Between the stains on my uniforms (restaurant) and all of the things the kids get into I like to think of myself as being experienced at removing laundry stains!

BTW I generally use the ERA OXI detergent to wash clothes that have stains.

It works wonders on my uniforms and it is more economical than many other detergents.

I probably would never have tried it if it had not been for one of my co workers telling me how well it worked for her.

Taylor says:

Thanks for sharing what you've had to switch to now that the old version of Spray n Wash is no more.

I would love to hear from others with their tips for what they use now, and why, and comparisons between the old and new versions of this product. You can share your reviews and tips here.

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removed color from my clothes
by: Linda Farmes

Spray & Wash is removing color from my clothes. Never used to happen. They have changed the ingredients. I will never buy again. It removed color from jeans, polyester blouse, and a cotton sweater. Don’t trust it to be safe on fabric, it is not.

New version is lousy
by: Valerie C.

Spray and Wash used to be the best stain remover. The new formula doesn't ever get dirt out. I am switching to Shout. Resolve has just lost a long time customer.

Worst ever
by: Anonymous

This is the worse stain remover I've ever used.

miss gallon Spray N Wash at Costco
by: Anonymous

Seems when something is really good they discontinue it. Loved Spray N Wash, the newer version with resolve is OK, but not as good.

Now Costco carries neither and I can't find the gallon jug anywhere.

old vs. new S&W
by: Grace

I loved the old Spray and Wash and actually thought the new Resolve was working good, BUT now I am getting the already talked about spots showing up on clothes that were treated with it. And now I have dark stains on a white tee that I sprayed to remove the under arm B.O. and anti-perspirant.

I would love some advise on how to get this out, it is a favorite tee.

OLD Spray n Wash vs new Resolve
by: Anonymous

I used Spray N Wash for years, my brother was a mechanic and it was the only thing that actually got the grease out of his clothes. I got married, had five kids, and Spray n Wash got me through all the baby puke, spilled juice, bloody noses and all around messes four boys and a not so dainty little girl could produce.

The Resolve uses a hydrogen peroxide formula (just pour a little on a fresh blood stain and watch it fizz) which I believe is EPA mandated to be "environmentally friendly". The new formula sucks. An entire bottle won't remove what a couple of squirts of good ol Spray n Wash would wipe completely from existence.

Now all my clothes have permanent stains with no hope of removal. I recently found a few bottles of the old formula and bought them all and have taken to searching the closeout aisles of stores for my familiar green friend.

TERRIBLE - it bleaches if left too long
by: Anonymous

I have used the Spray and Wash product and it has now turned spots in my colored shirt white! I am very disappointed in this product! The shirt that was bleached white in some spots was a shirt from a once and a lifetime trip

don't like the new version
by: Kathy

I loved the old Spray n Wash. It was great at getting out all kinds of stains, without fading fabrics. I DO NOT like the new Resolve. It just does not work. Have not tried anything else yet, but will when this runs out.

Blood stains disappear with old version
by: Judy

I swear about the old Spray n' Wash. I have one of the sticks left and treasure it. It is so good for when you aren't going to wash it right away. Also, my husband has many problems with dermatological skin so often gets blood on his pillow covers. The new Resolve doesn't work on it but the old Spray n' Wash always did the job. It was always dependable on stains of all kinds.

new version bleaches clothes if left too long
by: Anonymous

The 'new' version has ruined several shirts before I realized that you can't 'pre' treat with it. I used to spray and leave several hours and then wash. Wonderful!! Now, the Resolve version takes the color completely out!! Won't use any Resolve product any longer. Bring back the original.

Original was awesome for grease
by: Anonymous

Their isn't anything even close to old Spray N Wash for industrial grease and grime. I even used it on my plastic lunch box. Nothing got the black finger prints off, not Simple Green, super clean, brake parts cleaner, but Spray N Wash took it right off and perfectly white. Resolve version does nothing on grease. Oh well, they probably make 15% more profit now on a bottle of Resolve nobody wants. Simple Green is different an worthless also.

Ruined my cotton polo
by: Anonymous

I washed a shirt after spraying it with Spray & Wash. The shirt came out with what looked like grease blotches everywhere I had sprayed. I can't believe it and I tried to hand wash the shirt but the "stains" seem to be set in. The shirt didn't have big stains before, just a few dirt spots before I used the Spray & Wash.

bring it back.
by: Anonymous

I wish the old version was back. I use the Resolve but liked the original better.

New and improved - ha!
by: Janel

If it isn't broke, don't fix it! Everyone is trying to make "new and improved"...what were we using before, "old and lousy"???

I agree
by: Ruth

I like it before the Resolve days, as well.

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