About Clean N Gone

By HighYa Staff
Published on: Jun 7, 2018

Advertised as a super-powered paste, Clean N Gone promises to reach deep into fibers and instantly dissolve even the toughest set-in stains.

Despite its power, the website and commercial emphasize it’s certified safe for all colorfast fabrics and surfaces, whether on your clothes, your home’s carpet, car’s seats, or furniture’s upholstery. Together, Clean N Gone’s manufacturer claims this quick and easy solution will save you time and money.

Once you have it in your home, though, will this stain removing paste live up to its advertising promises? Are there competitors that should also be on your radar? In just a few short minutes, we’ll help you find some actionable answers.

How Do Products Like Clean N Gone Work to Remove Stains?

Whether natural, synthetic, or a combination of the two, most fabrics used in clothing are porous; that is, they allow for the exchange of air and liquid. This way, they can release heat, absorb sweat, and better maintain comfort.

This porosity is a double-edged sword, though, since the individual fibers in the fabric can absorb solids and liquids and become permanently stained. This is especially true of foods like mustard, ketchup, wine, blueberries, and many dairy products, as well as other sources like blood, crayon, grease/oil, and tobacco.

To help potentially address the problem, eHow’s Eric Devaney explains that stain removing products “utilize an array of active ingredients with different chemical properties. Some of the most common active ingredients in stain removers include ammonia [directly breaks up stains], bleach [oxidizes the molecules in stains], enzymes [break down proteins in stains], and d-limonene [a citrus-based neutralizer].”

Comparatively, the website and commercial don’t provide any indication what ingredients are found in Clean N Gone, other than stating they’re safe for colorfast fabrics. We spoke with a friendly representative (who also spoke with their supervisor) looking for additional insight, although they indicated that since it was such a new product, they didn't have any further details available.

How Much Does Clean N Gone Cost?

Two tubes of Clean N Gone are priced at $26.94, plus free S&H. Each order also comes with a bonus super sponge.

Note: The service representative we spoke with also didn’t have any information available about the size/quantity of each tube, or the average number of applications each one will deliver.

Clean N Gone comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H and the $6.95 fee associated with the second tube, which you can request by calling support at 800-340-3418 or sending an email to customerservice@plymouthdirect.com.

A Quick Note About Clean N Gone’s Arbitration

Although arbitration—agreeing to settle a grievance via a third-party arbitrator, outside of the court system—is extraordinarily common, it’s important to emphasize that as soon as you place an order for Clean N Gone, you’ll be bound to one.

This means you’re waiving many of your inherent legal rights, such as a trial by jury or starting/joining a class action lawsuit.

Who Manufactures Clean N Gone?

Clean N Gone is brought to us by Plymouth Direct, a Montgomeryville, PA-based company who’s been in business since 1999. In that time, they’ve released many popular products, including relatively recent examples like Nerve Pain Away, BeActive, Stream Clean, and Spray Perfect.

They held a B+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on 14 closed complaints, as of 6/5/18. Most of these appeared to reference ordering concerns, although a company representative responded in each instance with a resolution.

Clean N Gone vs. Other Stain Removing Pastes

Whether browsing online or the cleaning aisles at local retailers, there are perhaps hundreds of different stain removal products competing for many of the same customers as Clean N Gone.

However, we only encountered one other stain removal paste during our research, as well as original portable options like the Tide To Go Stain Remover Pen. Here’s how they compared:

Product Price Main Ingredient(s)
Clean N Gone $26.94 Unknown
White Wizard Cleaner and Stain Remover $5+ Aluminate (oxidizes)
Tide To Go Stain Remover Pen $3+ Biodegradable cleaning agents

In addition, you can even make your own stain removing paste using ingredients like baking soda, lemons, white vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide. Which of these—if any—will deliver the best results?

In most instances, the American Cleaning Institute outlines that the ideal method of treating a stain depends on what caused it, along with the type of fabric you’re dealing with. For example, chewing gum requires the immediate application of ice or cold water, followed by saturation with a stain remover.

On the other hand, soaking baby formula-stained fabric in enzymes for anywhere between 30 minutes and several hours might deliver optimum results.

In general, though, FabricLink emphasizes you'll want to deal with the stain as soon as possible, carefully follow any garment care instructions, and avoid rubbing the stain (which can cause it to spread and penetrate deeper into the fabric). Also, if this is your first time using a new stain remover, make sure to test a small area of fabric before fully applying to the stain.

Let’s carry everything we’ve discussed over to the next section as we come to a conclusion about Clean N Gone.

Our Final Thoughts About Clean N Gone

At $26.94, Clean N Gone is meaningfully more expensive than other stain removing pastes like White Wizard, as well as more mainstream solid (versus liquid) options like Tide’s Stain Remover Pen.

Furthermore, the manufacturer’s customer support staff weren’t able to provide us with additional insight into its ingredients or how much paste you’ll get per tube (or how many applications each tube represents).

On the upside, Plymouth Direct has been in business for nearly 20 years, seems to come with mostly positive online customer feedback, and stands behind Clean N Gone with a 60-day satisfaction guarantee.

But, add to this the fact that you’ll immediately lose the $6.95 fee for the second tube, plus whatever it will cost to ship back to the company if it doesn’t meet your stain removal needs, and we can see that it’s not an entirely risk-free transaction.

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