OxiClean can remove grass stains from polyester baseball pants, fruit juice from dresses, and a year's worth of dirt and stains from upholstered chairs. You can even see stains and odors that are usually impossible to remove, such as blood and tomato, begin to disappear within seconds of applying it.
This really is an amazing stain remover that has many uses in the laundry room and home. However, it's important that you know how to use it properly and, more importantly, the fabrics you need to avoid.
How to Remove Stains With OxiClean
OxiClean comes in many different forms, including the well-known powder and laundry sprays. The following will walk you through pre-treating a stain using a spray.
If you have a powdered version of OxiClean, you can easily make a spray solution that works with the same spot treatment method. To create a sprayable solution, fill the provided scoop to "Line 1" with OxiClean and mix that with 16 ounces of water in a spray or squeeze bottle.
- Remove any excess from the stain by using a spoon to scoop away anything that's not stuck to the fabric.
- Spray OxiClean directly onto the stain until it's completely saturated. You really want to wet it down on both the back and front of the stained area.
- Rub the stain together to soak in the stain remover.
- Let the piece of clothing stand for 5 minutes so the stain remover starts to break up the stain in the fibers.
- Wash the garment normally. Be sure to check the clothing completely before drying it just to make sure the stain is really gone.
Pros and Cons
- OxiClean is fantastic for tons of stains on your laundry and water washable upholstery. It's a little miraculous, even. Give it a try on any stain and you won't be disappointed.
- Even set-in stains and odors can be helped by the stain remover. It does an amazing job on year-old stains as well as those that were previously washed and dried.
- OxiClean contains no chlorine bleach and is color safe for many fabrics. When used on a wide variety of fabric types in testing, it performed amazingly every single time.
- Do not use OxiClean on wool, wool blends, silk, leather, and dry clean only fabrics.
Putting OxiClean to the Test
A lot of cleaning products get a tremendous amount of hype, especially from the company selling it. OxiClean certainly falls into that category, so we have put it to the test in order to demonstrate it's real cleaning power.
In the Laundry
Much to the bewilderment of their parents, kids sometimes use their clothes for things they're not supposed to. In one OxiClean test, a young girl decided to use her pretty pink crop pants to dust the family car. Her mother didn't have much hope in being able to salvage the pants, which were covered with blackened areas. However, after applying OxiClean and washing them in regular detergent, the pants were once again pink and pretty, as if they'd never touched the dirty car.
As many parents have experienced, polyester baseball plants are notorious for picking up all kinds of stains. One such pair was dotted with spots of grass, mud, snow cones, nachos, sports drinks, and other general filth. Of course, the child neglected to inform his mother about any of it, so the stains were very well set in. Treating these well-worn pants with OxiClean then running them through a load of laundry resulted in spotless pants that any baseball player would be delighted to wear.
In all the laundry testing, fresh stains didn't stand a chance and even stubborn set-in stains were removed. No matter the fabric type (only those that are safe to use OxiClean on, of course), the cleaner performed well.
The testing also extended to a set of secondhand dining chairs that were stained with at least a year's worth of family meals. It took a little more effort on the tough stains, but after two applications, gentle rubbing, and a full rinse, the chairs looked brand new. Everyone who saw them was amazed and impressed that they were even the same chairs.