Non-Gadget Goodies: Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover Pen

tidetogoI’ve really enjoyed reading the “What’s In Your Bag?” posts here on WWD. I have my fair share of electronics in my bag, but I also carry around some useful non-electronic items.  Today I had a moment where a handy new non-electronic item made it into my bag: the Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover Pen, which should help ensure that I always looking my best for those tricky first client meetings.

This pen is one of those “as seen on TV” type of items that I would never purchase myself, because they “never work.” Tuns out I was wrong, very wrong. A few years ago my mom gave me one. It got thrown into my junk draw and hadn’t been seen since, until today.

I was out with a friend and was wearing some new shorts I had recently bought.  Of course, five minutes into the meeting I managed to get some kind of stain on them. I tried the usual method of blotting with water, and as per usual, it did nothing.  After a few more failed attempts of stain removal tactics, like blotting with club soda, I gave up and decided to enjoy my friend’s company. After I left my friend, I had a few extra minutes before my next appointment so I decided to run home to either change my clothes or attack the stain again. When I got home the  stain remover pen popped into my head so I gave it a whirl. I rubbed the tip of the pen all over the stain on my shorts, blotted it with a wet paper towel, and waited. Sure enough, after a few minutes my shorts were dry and the stain was gone.

It’s really important to make a good first impression in client meetings, and as I’m often running from meeting to meeting, I don’t always have the luxury of being able to go home and change. Having this little $4 stain remover in my bag means I don’t need to worry about a little mishap ruining that first impression. After saving the day today, the Tide Instant Stain Remover Pen, although it will not be used frequently, has become a permanent addition to my bag.

What non-gadget goodies do you have in your bag?