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Andy, Will It Work? SPEC-TAK wonder detergent

It's going to take another round of testing to judge this one. It's going to take another round of testing to judge this one.


It's going to take another round of testing to judge this one.

Jill Scott, parent and booster of St. George Independent School's Gryphons high school baseball team (Collierville campus), found out about SPEC-TAK from a baseball scout she met at one of her son Judson's tournaments.

She mentioned her frustration with household detergents' inability to get the stains out of baseball uniforms.

That's when the scout recommended she try SPEC-TAK wonder detergent.

Manufactured in North Carolina and sold in bulk to sports teams, schools, and universities, SPEC-TAK'S website describes the detergent as a "... special enzyme and oxygen bleach combination ..." that "... allows for accelerated and maximum de-staining."

After Judson and his teammate Stephen East stained their uniforms in both game and practice situations, Jill Scott washed Stephen's uniform first with a standard, brand-name detergent. The red-clay stains remained.

Then she washed Judson's uniform with two heaping tablespoons of SPEC-TAK in warm water, as directed by its distributor. The big red-clay spot from one of Judson's slides was still there.

Our third wash: Stephen's jersey that was washed with the regular detergent, along with Judson's uniform pants that remained stained -- both in a cycle of SPEC-TAK.

Again, the stains remained.

"I was hoping this was the answer," Scott said. "It's not the answer."

But our answer on SPEC-TAK, for now, has to be a MAYBE.  

A SPEC-TAK rep said the uniforms should have been washed in hot water, not warm water as directed by its distributor.

We stained a pair of Judson's practice pants, then washed them with SPEC-TAK in hot water. It appeared to perform a little better, but some stains remained.

"Some of the clay in different parts of the country is harder to remove and would require an additional product to break down the minerals in the soil," said SPEC-TAK rep John Brick.

A spokesperson for SPEC-TAK's North Carolina offices said she was concerned the SPEC-TAK we used from a sampler bottle might have been dated -- and the active enzyme might have expired.

She requested we pick up a fresh 55-lb bag of its detergent, the same bag the company sells to teams and schools. We agreed to conduct the test again. See the results in an Andy, Will It Work? follow-up.

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