Laundry, it is a constant battle. But as I have admitted before, it is a battle I LOVE to fight… especially when I win. I love to tackle a hamper full of laundry. It makes me feel productive. Dirty laundry in a big pile, to clean and put away clothes – it makes me happy (that’s why my new Whirlpool washer and dryer make me giddy as a school girl.) But not all loads are easy, especially with a toddler (and a baby on the way).
When my daughter was a baby I discovered OxiClean Baby Stain Remover Spray, and it was a life-saver for treating baby stains. Seriously, it works like magic on baby messes (and you should see what it does to a strawberry stain!). (I have even given it to other new moms as part of their baby shower gifts!) But for one reason or another, I had never tried OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder — until now.
As my baby grew out of her baby clothes, I carefully cleaned and boxed up all of her adorable duds in hopes of having another baby girl. This summer, when baby girl #2 was announced, I pulled down all of my carefully saved clothes. Only one problem… if you have ever saved baby clothes, I am sure you know where this is going… Sugary stains that were once invisible, had broken down and brown spots appeared on some of my favorites. Tough, tough stains to remove — a difficult challenge. With a new container of OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder on hand, I set the oxygen-fighting stain remover to the task.
Since this was a challenge I was not willing to loose, I went all out. I soaked the baby clothes in HOT water with the recommended amount of OxiClean overnight. The next day, as I pulled clothes from the tub I could already see that some stains had disappeared and the worst offenders faded significantly. Next, the clothes went into the washer with my regular detergent and more OxiClean added to the load.
At the end of the cycle… Voila. EVERY last stain was gone. Really! I was impressed! I saved a bucket-full of my favorite baby clothes and a bunch of money (because now I don’t have to go out and replace the clothes for baby #2). Check out the before and after.
The new weapon in my laundry arsinal – OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder. Although since there is about to be a new baby in the house, I will be picking up the baby-safe version (OxiClean Baby Stain Soaker Powder – no perfumes or dyes for sensitive skin) because I am uber cautious with sensitive skin given my own allergy issues. I already have my OxiClean Baby Stain Remover Spray ready to go, but I want to have the powder to add to the loads with extra tough stains!
*Warning* After my oh-so-successful first soaking load, I went on to do a second load. Unfortunately, something I washed numerous times before was apparently not colorfast. (Who would have thought, I washed it so many times before.) To my frustration, the soaking make the color bleed, and a total of eight items were effected including the offending garment. Luckily, I was able to spot treat size of the effected items with bleach (blah), and the color came right out. Unfortunately, the bleach ruined one item and another I didn’t even attempt (a Thanksgiving bib). All in all I saved nearly 50 items of clothing and only lost 1 (I’ll still use the bib), so I am still happy, but when they say test for colorfastness, the mean it! Just a heads up!
Disclosure – I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of OxiClean and received OxiClean items to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.