New Products from OxiClean! (#MC)

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on March 17, 2014

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for OxiClean. I received three product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Laundry is my arch nemesis.  Really.  I have no idea how four people can accumulate so much laundry in so short a time, especially since Yankee Bill and I aren’t the kind of folks who throw everything in the wash after a single wearing.  Yet the laundry baskets are always full and I seem to always have a load in some process of being washed, dried or folded.

Although I complain, I know that laundry is important because how you take care of your clothes effects how long they last.  If you can keep the fabric in good condition and the garment stain free then you will be able to wear it for a long time.  That means less money spent (frugal!) and less resources wasted (sustainable!).

Mom Central Consulting offered me the chance recently to try out some new products from OxiClean–specifically laundry and dishwashing products.  I was glad to do it–after all OxiClean is a trusted and longstanding brand that lots of folks rely on for special clean and stain fighting tasks!

The first item I tried was the Oxiclean Laundry Detergent.  This looks like a small bottle, but it is actually a very concentrated product, so you get 38 loads out of it. They also make it in convenient detergent paks if that’s more your thing.   I had a pile of nasty, musty towels and things in the laundry room–Princess forgot to unload her swimming gear from her backpack and it sat in there all weekend.  It was RIPE.  Ugh.  I figured it would be a good test for the “fresh scent” of the OxiClean.

Using the NEW Oxiclean Laundry Detergent

OxiClean Laundry Detergent has three special powerful stain-fighters that can attack difficult stains like grass, oil, grease and red wine.  Everything in the load came out clean, and the nasty funk was gone!

Next I was really interested to try the Oxiclean White Revive.  An Oxiclean soak has long been recommended as a way to remove stains from linens and clothing–so I wanted to see what more the White Revive could do!  It is a bleach alternative-something that gives you bleach like whitening without the nasty fumes or damaging effects that chlorine can have on your clothing fibers over time.

I decided to try a couple of my biggest challenges.  The kids socks with the ground in dirt on the bottom (they are very hard on socks), a towel that we had been using as a makeshift mat for wiping muddy boats over the weekend and some of my white sheets that have yellowed in the center from body oils (no matter how well they are washed).

You are supposed to use your hottest water and dissolve the OxiClean White Revive before adding your laundry and detergent, so I did.  I then ran the load.  I admit it–I was disappointed in the results.  It didn’t seem to really do much. . . then I realized.  DOH.  For heavily soiled items they recommend a good long soak of 6 hours or more!  Helps if you read the directions instead of just diving into something eh?

White Revive Oxiclean

I know it’s a little hard to see on the photos (I didn’t even include the ones of the sheets because you couldn’t really see it), but there was a significant improvement on all the items once I actually followed the directions and soaked them.  I was especially pleased with the change in the pillowcases.  They looked uniformly white for the first time in a long, long time!

Oxiclean Dishwasher Detergent was the last item to play with.  The bottle looked tiny–but it really washes 20 loads!  You are just supposed to use 1/4 of the amount you typically would–the 4X Power Crystals dissolve cloudy film and spots on dishware and are supposed to lift away stains, even lipstick on cups and tomato stains on plastics.  I figured my hard water was a challenge it could meet.  Our town has very, very hard water, and calcium and lime film is a huge problem on all my dishes.  It’s so bad that a lot folks get water softeners installed to deal with it.

Trying the new OxiClean Dishwasher Detergent

For my test I picked some items that had already been through the dishwasher once and come out with the hard water funk.  That’s right–those items on the left are actually clean and had already been through the dishwasher once.  Using the OxiClean dishwasher detergent made a HUGE difference on the silverware.  The “soup” mug was improved, but not completely gone.  The rest of the dishes and the dishwasher itself looked very clean–Buddy even commented on it while he was unloading!

For more information check out the  OxiClean website and consider following the OxiClean Facebook page.

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for OxiClean. I received three product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

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deb@simpleplate March 18, 2014 at 7:54 am

I was soooooooo hoping the white revive was the miracle I’d been looking for! Socks are a challenge here. Steel toe boots and paper-mill funk ultimately mean I buy hubby new socks about once a month, I can’t handle the brown bottoms of socks (call me obsessive). I was glad to see it worked so well on the pillow cases and towels, a little disappointed on the socks. I’ll give it a try though.
I’ve used the dishwasher stuff, and I’ve found (even with the high priced stuff) if you don’t continue using, the films come right back and getting them off of course takes several washing’s. But I do now use this as an alternative to other rinse additives. We’ve never had the detergent in our stores here, I’ll be looking!

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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate March 18, 2014 at 8:07 am

I do want to point out Deb that the socks in question naturally have a light gray sole–and they are whiter then they started out. I agree about the hard water film–you do have to just continue using it or else it comes right back. I’m interested to see if the glasses progressively get better when I keep using the detergent–It’s got to be better than soaking them in vinegar water (which I wind up doing about once a month when I just get too frustrated with the way the look)

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