Laundry. The one chore that seems to never end in my house. Between all of our clothes, bath towels, beach towels, sheets and blankets, my washer and dryer are always going. It becomes overwhelming sometimes, especially when I have to wash the kids' clothes. Between my little diva who thinks she needs to change outfits seven times a day, and my little eating machine who thinks that his shirt is a built in napkin and bib all in one, their laundry piles are usually big and ugly!
It takes time to go through those big piles and pull out all of the pieces that need to be pretreated because of stains. Then it becomes quite irritating when I spend time pretreating stains on clothes, only to find those stains still there when the clothes come out of the dryer. That is a regular occurrence around here. I have yet to find a stain remover that will take out spaghetti sauce on the first try, and since that is a favorite meal around here, we have several pieces of clothing that become unwearable until I pretreat and wash them several times.
I was recently asked to try OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover, and I was delighted to do so. I received a 3 lb tub of the newly formulated OxiClean and a 4-gallon soaking bin.
OxiClean is safe for use on both whites and colors, and can be used in every load, or you can soak stubborn stains for a few hours before washing. This maximum strength stain remover is activated by water and unleashes bubbling oxygen power for effective cleaning and stain removal. It improves your detergent's cleaning ability by boosting the water's pH, and contains special ingredients to rinse soils away.
I went through the kids' piles of clothes and pulled out some pieces that had stubborn food stains on them. I knew that in normal circumstances, I would probably have to wash these clothes more than once to get the stains out. I ended up with Bryce's shirt covered in chocolate milk stains, Rylie's shirt stained with spaghetti sauce, Rylie's skirt that had what I believe to be a chocolate milk stain that had actually already been washed once, and Bryce's shorts from his 2nd birthday party that had red velvet cake all over them.
I decided to try pre-soaking these items for maximum stain removal power. I filled the soaking tub with water, added the OxiClean powder according to the package directions, added the stained clothes, and let those oxygen bubbles work their magic. I could actually see the bubbles forming from the powder when I added it.
I soaked the clothes for 4-5 hours, and then added them to the rest of the laundry and washed them in cold water like usual. I have to admit that I was skeptical, so I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled the clothes out of the dryer to find almost every single one of those stains GONE! The only stain that the OxiClean did not eradicate 100% was the spaghetti sauce on Rylie's shirt, but it was so light that it really wasn't even noticeable and she wore the shirt again.
Finally! A stain remover that really works! As you can see from the pictures above, the OxiClean got rid of most of the stubborn stains, and even one that had already been washed and then dried into the fabric. I have also been using OxiClean as an additive to some of our loads of laundry, and it is working well. I have noticed that the whites are definitely whiter.
The one thing I did notice, however, was that the clothes that had been soaked in the tub were a little stiff when they came out of the dryer, and I ended up washing them again. I will most likely rinse them out after soaking next time, before I add them to the laundry. That extra step is worth it to use a product that really does remove stains!
OxiClean also works in other areas of your home such as carpet and upholstery stains, and on hard surfaces in your kitchen or bathroom. I think my next project will be to try to get some of the stubborn stains out of my carpet.
If you have stubborn stains that you just can't get rid of, I recommend giving the OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover a try. If you would like to try OxiClean for yourself, you can download a coupon from the OxiClean website. You do have to register in order to receive coupons.
Disclosure: Opinions are my own. I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of OxiClean and received OxiClean items to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.