OxiClean Improved Versatile Stain Remover Product Review

New and Improved OxiClean


OxiClean has been on the store laundry products shelves for nearly two decades. What began with an ear-splitting television infomercial has become a standard in many laundry rooms. In August of 2011, a new and improved formula, tub and scoop were introduced. The concentrated formula contains forty percent more oxygen power per scoop. And, the tub and scoop are more durable and the tub smaller making it easier to store and use.

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OxiClean Improved Versatile Stain Remover

OxiClean is a chlorine free, color safe oxygen based stain remover. It serves not only as a stain remover, but a detergent booster, whitener and brightener and presoak for tough-to-remove stains like ground in dirt, grass and color transfer (dye). OxiClean can be used safely on most washable fabrics, carpets and upholstery and on hard surfaces like tile.

OxiClean should not be used on wool fibers, silk or leather as it may damage the fabric.

To work well, OxiClean must be activated by water. The water activates the oxygen powder and enhances the pH of water to improve detergent's cleaning power. The dissolved product is effective for up to six hours. It should not be stored in a tightly covered container once dissolved because the released gas can cause the container to swell. Packaging offers directions in both English and Spanish andThe package listed ingredients are sodium percarbonate and sodium carbonate.


Complete OxiClean Product Ingredients

  • Sodium Carbonate
  • Sodium Percarbonate
  • C12-15 Alcohol Ethoxylate
  • Sodium Metasilicate
  • Acrylic Acid Homopolymer
  • Fragrance
  • Colorant

Three versions of powdered OxiClean are available on store shelves in a variety of sizes. The ingredients are the same for each version except the OxiClean Free and OxiClean Baby Stain Soaker are 100 percent free of fragrances and dyes.

The Church & Dwight and OxiClean Story

OxiClean and the Arm & Hammer Laundry Products are an arm of the Church & Dwight Co., Inc. The Arm & Hammer brand was first applied to boxes of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) produced by Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight in 1846. The familiar box of baking soda with the hammer-wielding arm of Vulcan, god of fire, as their logo became a fixture in most homes.

In 1970, the company introduced the first non-phosphate laundry detergent and was the sole corporate sponsor of the first Earth Day celebration. By the 1980s, Arm & Hammer laundry detergent was available in both liquid and powder formulas and in 2012, single use paks. And, in 2006, Church & Dwight acquired Orange Glo International, the parent company of OxiClean, OxiClean Max Force Gel Stick and OxiClean Max Force Power Packs.

In addition to laundry products and baking soda, Church & Dwight manufactures a variety of cleaning, freshening and deodorizing products such as kitty litter, toothpaste, deodorants, carpet deodorizer, household cleaners like Kaboom, Orange Glo and Scrub Free, and personal products like Nair, Trojan condoms and First Response pregnancy tests.

Product Review and Recommendation

Once I discovered OxiClean, it became an essential must have in my laundry room.

I use it for pre-soaking and for the removal of tough food and dye stains that have set on fabric. At almost anytime there is something in my laundry room soaking in OxiClean. It is gentle on fabrics so I use it to clean and brighten vintage linens, quilts and hand worked pieces of embroidery or needlepoint.

The key to successful use of OxiClean is patience and mixing the solution correctly. Follow the guidelines on the package as to the amount to use per gallon of water. Be sure that all of the powder is dissolved completely before adding fabric. You may want to mix the powder with a bit of hot water to dissolve and then add to the cooler water.

The patience comes in allowing stained items to soak for at least four hours or overnight. Oxygen bleach is a gentle cleaner and works more slowly than chlorine bleach.

Just dipping a stained item in the solution for a few minutes won't brings success on tough stains. You will also have much more success by using the dry powdered version of OxiClean verses pre-mixed liquid versions. The longer oxygen bleach is exposed to water, the weaker the solution becomes.

While close to a perfect cleaner, OxiClean is not a miracle formula for every type of stain. It won't remove oily stains, rust, dried paint or bleach damage. 

I highly recommend that OxiClean find a permanent space on your laundry shelf.

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