The Arm and Hammer name is immediately recognizable for their iconic baking soda brand. The company also offers an entire line of fabric care products from dryer sheets to scent boosters to laundry detergents. One of the liquid laundry detergents is Arm and Hammer Plus OxiClean. How well does it work?
Arm and Hammer Plus OxiClean Liquid Laundry Detergent
Arm and Hammer Plus OxiClean is a mid-priced laundry detergent available in most mass-market store laundry aisles and online. While the product label does not give a complete listing of ingredients, the partial listing includes biodegradable surfactants, enzymes, baking soda, and sodium percarbonate (oxygen bleach).
Full List of Ingredients Disclosure
- Water: Solvent
- Sodium laureth sulfate: Surfactant
- C12-15 alcohols ethoxylated: Surfactant
- Glycerin: Enzyme stabilizer
- Alkylbenzene sulfonic acid: Surfactant
- Borax pentahydrate: Enzyme stabilizer
- Tetrasodium EDTA: Chelator
- Sodium hydroxide: pH adjuster
- Sodium carbonate: Builder
- Disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulfonate: Brightener
- Acrylic acid homopolymer: Dispersing agent
- Citric acid: pH adjuster
- Sodium formate: Enzyme stabilizer
- Sodium chloride: Viscosity adjuster
- 2-methylisothiazol-3(2H)-one and 1,2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one: Preservative
- Palm kernel fatty acids: Anti-foam
- Calcium chloride dihydrate: Enzyme stabilizer
- Liquitint™ blue: Dye
- Alpha amylase and mannanase mixture: Enzyme
- Protease: Enzyme
The product is offered in six scents (Cool Breeze, Clean Meadow, Sparkling Waters, Fresh Burst, Fresh Scent, and Free and Clear) in a range of bottle sizes. The labeling and instructions are offered in both English and Spanish.
Arm and Hammer also offers single-dose laundry packs and powdered detergent formulas.
What's Good About Arm and Hammer Plus OxiClean Laundry Detergent
- Performs well in all water temperatures.
- Can be used as pretreater to help remove stains.
- Pleasant, clean odor.
- Contains baking soda.
- Contains oxygen bleach to whiten and brighten fabrics.
- Formulated for standard and high-efficiency washers.
- Readily available in most groceries and mass marketers and online.
What's Not so Good About Arm and Hammer Plus OxiClean Laundry Detergent
- Product does not give full ingredients listing on the container label.
- Measuring cap is difficult to read.
- Packaging does not include recycled materials.
Product Review and Laundry Recommendations
I gave Arm and Hammer Plus OxiClean liquid laundry detergent several tests with our normal home laundry in cold, warm, and hot water. I also tested it on cotton muslin squares that I had prestained with ketchup, mud, grass and cooking oil.
When tested in cold water, lightly soiled clothes came out clean and smelling fresh. However, the stains on the muslin squares were not all removed. I tested again using a bit of the liquid detergent to pretreat the stains. I worked the liquid into the stains using my fingers and let the squares sit for fifteen minutes before washing with cold water. There were still mixed results. The ketchup and grass stains were removed; however, traces of the mud and cooking oil remained.
The results were better in warm and hot water. For oily stains on natural fiber fabrics, you will usually have better results with hot water temperatures. However, exceptionally tough stains require more enzymes to break down the stains than contained in Arm and Hammer Plus OxiClean.
My biggest complaint is about the container lid. The measuring lines in the cap are impossible to see and it is very easy to use too much, especially in a front-load or top-load high-efficiency washer. After measuring with standard utensils, I used a permanent ink marker to indicate the exact amounts needed on the inside of the cap. Remember, for a normal-sized load in a high-efficiency washer, you only need two to three tablespoons. Add a bit more if the load is exceptionally large.
If you have sensitive skin, I would suggest using Arm and Hammer Plus OxiClean Free and Clear. It performs equally well but contains no allergic reaction-causing fragrances or dyes. Dyes are a leading skin irritant.
If you are looking for a good mid-priced laundry detergent containing some stain removing enzymes, Arm and Hammer Plus OxiClean deserves a spot on your laundry shelf.
The Church and Dwight and Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent Story
Church and Dwight, Inc.'s, producer of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda since 1846, venture into the laundry detergent business has been quite successful. Baking soda is a known laundry detergent booster that helps detergent ingredients perform more efficiently and they put it to good use.
In 2006, Church and Dwight acquired Orange Glo International, the parent company of OxiClean. The addition of this oxygen-based bleach to Arm and Hammer detergent boosted the cleaning power by helping to remove stains that contain dye and acts as a whitener and brightener that is safe for all washable fabrics.
Church and Dwight is based in New Jersey. Other corporate products include Nair Hair Remover, First Response Pregnancy Kit, Orajel, Trojan Condoms and Products, Simply Saline, and several vitamin and toothpaste brands
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