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 & Hammer Plus OxiClean Liquid Laundry Detergent
Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean is a mid-priced laundry detergent available in most mass market store laundry aisles and online. While the product label or online information do not give a complete listing of ingredients, the partial listing includes biodegradable surfactants, enzymes, baking soda and sodium percarbonate (oxygen bleach).
The product is offered in three scents - Cool Breeze, Clean Meadow and Fresh Scent - in a number of different sized bottles. The labeling and instructions are offered in both English and Spanish.
Arm & Hammer has joined other detergent manufacturers and is now offering single dose laundry packs: Arm & Hammer Crystal Burst Power Paks and Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Power Paks.
What's Good About Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Laundry Detergent
- Performs well in all water temperatures.
- Performs well in removing most stains when used as a pre-treater.
- 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 & Hammer Plus OxiClean Laundry DetergentCons
- Product does not give full ingredients listing.
- Measuring cap difficult to read.
- Packaging does not include recycled materials.
The Church & Dwight and Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Laundry Detergent Story
Church & Dwight, Inc, producer of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda since 1846, venture into the laundry detergent business has been quite successful. Baking soda is a known laundry detergent booster - helping detergents perform more efficiently - and they put it to good use.
In 2006, Church & Dwight acquired Orange Glo International, the parent company of OxiClean. The addition of this oxygen-based bleach to Arm & Hammer detergent helps remove stains that contain dye and acts as a whitener and brightener that is safe for all washable fabrics including white and colored clothes.
Church & Dwight are based in New Jersey. Other products include Nair Hair Remover, First Response Pregnancy Kit, Orajel, Trojan Condoms and Products, Simply Saline and several vitamin and toothpaste brands
Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Laundry Detergent Product Review and Laundry Recommendations
I gave Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean liquid laundry detergent a test with our regular home laundry. I also tested it on pre-stained muslin squares that I had stained with ketchup, mud, grass and cooking oil. I tested the product in cold, warm and hot water.
When tested in cold water, lightly soiled clothes came out clean and smelling fresh. However, the muslin square stains were not all removed. I tested again using a bit of the liquid detergent to pretreat the stains. I worked a bit into the stains using my fingers and let it work for fifteen minutes before washing with cold water. There was 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 have the best results with hot water temperatures. However, exceptionally tough stains require more enzymes to break down the stains than contained in Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean. In all water temperatures, the clothes clothes came out feeling soft and smelling fresh.
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 and find that some detergents are irritating, try Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Plus which performs equally well but contains no dyes. Dyes are a leading skin irritant.
If you are looking for a very good mid-priced laundry detergent, Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean deserves a spot on your laundry shelf.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.