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Brand: Oxi / Type: Stain Remover / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant

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      18.08.2012 11:06
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      A decent stain remover but not suitable for stains such as spag bol!

      I find that having a nearly 2 year old daughter as well as my other half doing the laundry can actually be a chore. Since my daughter has learnt to feed herself her clothes have never been the same since and I've noticed that a lot of food actually stains which can no doubt go on to ruin clothes and there have been items of clothing that have been stained beyond repair. Therefore, when doing a load of washing I wanted a product that would help lift stains.

      After browsing in my local Tesco which tends to have a limited range of cleaning products due to being quite small I ended up purchasing OxiClean® Multi-purpose Stain Remover. OxiClean® is a brand that I have heard of although I haven't used any of their products until now. Their whole product range is based on getting rid of marks/stains/limescale making your household items look a lot cleaner. Definitely worth a try especially as it wasn't that expensive for a tub to start with.

      The idea behind OxiClean® Multi-purpose Stain Remover is that once it has been diluted with water which is what it is activated by the powder will release bubbling oxygen which is effective when cleaning stained products as it apparently boosts the washing machine's water pH to improve your general detergents cleaning ability. Most of these stain removing products are made in the same way. Not only can be it used on laundry but it can be used on household products as well as using it to help keep whites white!

      OxiClean® Multi-purpose Stain Remover comes in a round plastic tub with a snap on lid. On the front of the tub there is the OxiClean® logo together with the product name. Round the back of the tub there is the information about the product as to how it actually works and how to use it. There is also the list of ingredients together with contact information and warnings such as not for human consumption, don't get it in the eyes basically the usual! The stain remover is white in colour and has no fragrance to it at all. It consists of very fine white granules, a little bigger than salt.

      Now the OxiClean® Multi-purpose Stain Remover can be used one of two ways. The first is that you simply pour a level scoop into your washing machine draw along with your normal liquid detergent (unless of course you use a liquid tab) and then you simply let your washing machine do the business or you can pre-treat your stain items of clothing and then put through the washing machine as either way the oxygen bubbles will be activated by the water once in the washing machine.

      I personally use either method depending on how bad the stain is. There are some stains or marks such as blackcurrant juice which I know will come out easily so I simply put the powder in the washing machine draw and for stains such as tomato sauce I do tend to pre-treat over night and then simply put the stained items in the washing machine after about a 12 hour soak. My personal preference is being able to pre-treat over night simply because I do find the tough stains are really hard to shift and I think the stain is able to lift out effectively once then in the washing machine.

      Now I have been using this product consistently for about 6 months now and although I didn't expect that every stain was going to be removed so I wasn't disappointed when a few stains although had lessened in colour they hadn't completely disappeared. But that doesn't mean that stains aren't removed with this stain remover as they are. I find that the easier marks and stains are easily removed. OxiClean® claim that it is a maximum strength stain remover and although I'd like to believe it some stains are just not shifted easily.

      Now whilst I didn't expect every stain to be removed especially those on my daughter's clothes from nursery as the stain has just been on the clothes too long for it to come out easily even when pre-treated I have found that some stains if you manage to get to them straight away are easily removed which is great as it means I can save her clothes from getting ruined! But personally I think this only really works on lighter stains (I have effectively had juice stains and grass stains removed) rather than those caused by oil based dishes such as a lasagne or tomato sauce based as the stain remover is just not strong enough.

      For the price I paid I really can't complain as I didn't expect it to work wonders but it has definitely work on the majority of the stains I have used it on. Therefore, I would recommend it but just not to expect too much. Therefore, I give this product 4 stars.

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      Brand: OxiClean®
      Availability: Supermarkets, discount stores
      Price: From about £3.00 depending where you buy
      Size: 500g or 1kg

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        11.09.2008 15:47
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        Useful for general removal of stains on laundry.

        I like to wear white but I am really quite a messy person. I can put on a white T-shirt, pick up my bag ready to go out and by the time I have opened the door, my top is dirty. Somehow I just attract it.

        The other day I bought a gorgeous white silky blouse which looked fabulous and felt really good too. I managed to keep clean long enough to to get to the restaurant where I was having dinner.

        What happened after that is a mystery to me because I ended up with a bright orange dribbly kind of stain on the front. It stretched from mid way right down to my waist. Not the kind of stain you can hide.

        Some stupid person thought they were helping and starting dabbing me with a cloth and water but this only spread the stain.

        I have no idea how I did it, or where it came from because I had not been eating anything that was orange, or reddish in colour. I really thought my blouse was ruined but a friend suggested Oxiclean.

        This product comes in blue and white tub and it is in crystal form. It is really easy to use. You simply add one scoop to about half a bucket of hot water and soak the stained article in it. I really didn't expect it to work, particularly as I had no idea what the stain was.

        The instruction say that stains should be left for five to thirty minutes and then blotted up. I soaked the whole thing for twenty minutes and then removed the garment expecting to be able to see at least some of the stain. It had gone completely.

        500 grams of this costs around £3.00 from Wilkinsons and it can be used as a spot stain remover, or in the washing machine. I found it very good in with the whites wash. There are full instructions on ways to use the product on the side of the tub.

        I found this product excellent and very effective at stain removal and I now use it in my washing machine in addition to my usual washing tablets. Worth buying, especially if you have children because it is also very good for fruit juice stains and chocolate, among other things. In fact it will remove most organic stains and a few others besides.

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        10.09.2008 18:03
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        It worked for me and I recommend it to others!

        If you are wearing a pure white silk scarf and you spill red wine on it and shove it in your hand bag for around the six hours that is left of your night out then forget to take it out till about three o clock the following afternoon it is ruined right? Wrong not when you have OxiClean Multi-Purpose Stain Remover to hand.

        This stuff was recommended to me by a friend of a friend when I told them about my torment at what had happened to my £40 scarf. I bought a tub of it the next day and set to work on getting the stain out of my scarf (never really believing it would work).

        The instructions on the little blue and white tub were simple to follow and follow them I did, "use the scoop supplied inside the tub, 1 scoop = 2 tablespoons". For general stain removal I needed one eighth of a scoop mixed in 500ml of very hot water, I thought this stain was probably a bit worse than general but I thought I would try this first with it being such a delicate scarf.

        So the instructions were to apply the mixture of crystals and water directly on to the stain and leave for between 5 and 30 minutes then scrub or blot the stain dependant on fabric. With it being a silk scarf I left the solution on for around ten minutes then began to blot with a dish towel and to my utter disbelief the wine was coming off the scarf on to the towel at an amazing rate and less than ten minutes later my scarf was clean and needed no more than a rinse.

        The tub I bought was the 500g tub and it cost me £2.99, this amazing stain remover can be used in different ways all of which are explained thoroughly on the tub. I often now put a scoop in any washes that have particularly dirty items in them and I get amazing results.

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        20.01.2005 21:24
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        I’m amazed I haven’t tried Oxi Clean before. I’m one of these people that seem to have fairly disastrous accidents causing stainage a-plenty on many items. I can’t remember how many clothes have been ruined by black tea or tomato ketchup but despite this one stain remover I have never tried is Oxi Clean.

        However, I was forced to give it a go when one of my more spectacular accidents happened just three days after selling our house. I finished work at 8pm, arrived home and heated up the Bolognese sauce I’d made earlier. I was starving and eagerly made the spaghetti to go with it. Finally there it was, piled up on my plate. I went into the living room and turned on the telly to watch Property Ladder. I sat down and the spaghetti Bolognese came alive. It did a triple back somersault off my plate and the whole lot landed on the carpet. It may have received top marks from a panel of judges but I froze, absolutely mortified. Tomato puree, tomato juice and tomatoes were seeping into my light blue carpet.

        I called Paul downstairs and we started to scrub. We got the 1001 carpet cleaner and soaked the carpet but all to no avail. The red stain was not shifting from the blue carpet. Of course, the whole situation was magnified by the fact that in just over two months time we would be moving house and leaving the carpet, complete with red stain, to our buyers – the thought of which I could not bear.

        Then the awful advert fronted by the man with the funny accent sprung to mind – Oxi Clean. It can supposedly clean years of built in dirt off planks of wood. Surely it’s going to have a reasonable effect on tomatoes.

        During my next shop later in the week I picked up the smaller tub of Oxi Clean. It comes in two sizes – 500g and 1kg. These were priced at £3.19 and around the £5 mark respectively from Asda.

        So, here it was. My only hope of cleaning up the stain that had now completely dried and was looking worse than ever.

        The tub is blue with a white screw top. The front of it clearly shows the product name in white. There is a small yellow label on the top left hand side telling you to “Add a scoop to every load of laundry” and to the top right it informs that it is chlorine free. Underneath “Oxi Clean” it has the words “The stain specialist – Multi-purpose stain remover” and there is more specific information telling us that it “removes stains from wine, juice, pet messes and much more.” Right along the bottom it says that you can use on “non-wool and non-wool blend carpets.” So far it was sounding ideal. It claimed to remove most common stains and could be used on carpets – just what I needed.

        Once back at home I was keen to see this stuff work. Looking at that stain on a daily basis was starting to give me nightmares about replacing the carpet before we moved.

        I turned straight to the directions for stain removal. Included inside the tub is a scoop for accurate measurements and 1 scoop = 2 tablespoons. For general stain removal I needed one eighth of a scoop with 500ml of hot water and this needed mixing until all the Oxi Clean crystals had dissolved.

        The instructions direct from the tub are to “apply to surface and let stand for 5-30 minutes. Scrub with a sponge or blot with a towel (depending on surface). Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.” So armed with the mixture, this is what I did. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The red tomato colouring that had been an extra feature of the blue carpet for the past 3 days was disappearing. Spurred on by the immediate results, I carried on scrubbing. After about 10 minutes the stain had almost completely gone. I left the area to dry out and unless you knew the stain was there, you were hard pushed to see it. What was left, however, was a white residue around the edge of the water patch. This was simply cleaned up by giving the carpet one further rinse. When the carpet had dried for a second time, there was nothing left to be seen. I was very impressed.

        Since the excellent results on the carpet I have been adding one scoop to my laundry as suggested and it seems to be having a positive effect on that too. Black tea stains are disappearing over time and I’m able to wear some of those ruined clothes once more.

        Other recommended uses for Oxi Clean are cleaning up your tiles and grout, soaking clothes before washing them, cleaning shower curtains, rubbish bins, aquariums and wood decking. Apparently it evens cleans tar!

        As with all cleaning products it includes the essential warnings. You should test the material for colourfastness on a small area first. This is something I didn’t do – trust me the stain was so bad, I didn’t think anything could look worse so I risked it. It is not for use on wool, wool blends, silk, leather or anything not water-washable. You should keep away from the face – soap does just as good a job – and you should not mix with chlorine bleach. Once the solution has been used, you should throw it away and not keep it in a sealed container. There is a note at the bottom of the tub saying that “some stains may require stronger, longer or additional treatments.” So basically, if the stain isn’t removed first time, try again.

        You should, of course, keep Oxi Clean out of the way of children and pets as it is harmful if swallowed and irritates the eyes, skin and respiratory system. There is also medical advice in case you do end up with it in the wrong place.

        Quite simply, Oxi Clean seems to do exactly what they show you on the annoying advert. It really does clear up stains fast and I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending the product. I can certainly say that it works well on spaghetti Bolognese anyway!


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          14.01.2005 01:37
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          We've probably all seen the ads on tv for oxi clean.

          Someone shows you a stain that looks like it will never shift, sprays some oxi clean dissolved in water and it vanishes as if by magic.

          They squirt dye into a bowl of water and drop in a white sock then sprinkle in a scoop of oxi clean and hey presto the water turns white and the sock stays white.

          Most of us have probably said it won't work like that once the cameras turn off, it's a con. Right?

          Wrong!! Well almost. It dosen't do it quite as fast as it is shown.

          Oxi clean is an amazing product. It works just like they show you, well almost, not quite as quick, but not far off.

          There is no bleach in oxi clean, that's not how it works. You dilute it in hot water and it fizzes and the little bubbles that it lets of attacks stains.

          It is safe to use without rubber gloves although they do recommend you use them, covering their own backs just in case. I have fairly sensitive skin but this doesn't affect me at all.

          There is no smell to the product either before of after diluting.

          It can be mixed in hot water as I said and sprayed onto the stain. This got out a coffee stain that had been lurking in my carpet for who knows how long, within minutes.

          You can add a scoop to you laundry along with the washing powder, it helps stops colours running and if they do stops then running into anything else. My whites have never been so white.

          It can also be mixed into a paste for jobs like cleaning the grount in between tiles.

          It is also useful outside, wash wooden decking with it, you have probably forgotten what colour it really is under all the grime.

          It is available in 500g tubs and 1kg tubs. Each tub comes complete with a plastic scoop. For laundry you use a scoop per load, for diluting for stain removal you only use 1/8 scoop to about a pint of water. Mixing into a paste you use several scoops to a couple of tablespoons of water. The small tub contains 32 full scoops.

          I cleaned my full 3 peice suite with this, it took no scrubbing I just diluted to the stain removal strength in a bucket and used an ordinary car cleaning stocking cloth and wiped over the surface. It took next to no time as I didn't even have to scrub except on the edges of the armrests which always seem to get grubbiest. I didn't need to wet the surface too much either and the muck didn't just sink further in only to reappear as it does with some products, it stayed clean!

          It is also deodorising. It has no smell so doesn't mask an odour, it neutralises it instead. It even took out the smell where my poor old moggie had an accident behind the settee something disinfects hadn't done before.

          It is available from tv shopping channels, none in particular it seems to advertise on them all, from it's website http://www.greatcleaners.co.uk and from ASDA, it is supposed to be available in Tesco but i have never seen it.

          From ASDA a small tub costs £3.99 and the large tub £5.99.

          The tub itself is white plastic with a secure screw on lid. The label is blue, like bubbles and says oxi clean, the last tub I had also said contains no bleach but I have seen them that don't say this on the front.

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            10.05.2003 02:47
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            Anyone who has sky or digital tv must have at some point come across the wonders of shopping channels. Come on, you can admit it - we've all done it, turned to the continuous adverts that are the shopping channels for some mind-numbing viewing. It's so relaxing! Anyway I first came across OxiClean on these shopping channels. They can make me want anything, these marketing people, but OxiClean stood out for it's "I must try that!" desirability. The feature - read "advert" - was presented by the typical pair with one dumb blonde character to ask the stupid questions and one very enthusiastic expert. I swear this guy must have been hyped up on high doses of caffeine or something, he was talking at a million miles a minute and was overly interested in this cleaning product. At least that's what I thought until I saw the demonstrations. On the tv they had big glass tanks filled with water to show you what was happening. They got some white clothes and poured coffee, juice and iodine all over them. They then put the clothes in the tank and squirted in more iodine so the water was dark brown. That's not gonna come clean I hear you say! But it did! They added a small scoop of OxiClean and swirled it around. As they did this the water bubbled with oxygen being released and the colour disolved away. The clothes became sparkly white again. Wow. I am sceptical of product claims and tv trickery but I had to try some. This product was being sold as "nature's miracle" - a bit far in my opinion - but it is powered by oxygen and activated by water. It says it is non-toxic so it doesn't give off harmful fumes or damage the thing you are cleaning. Obviously you are not supposed to eat it but it is fairly harmless as chemicals go. My mum ordered some from her catologue (thanks mum) where it was around £6 for a tub I think. It is also sold in a 1kg pack with "Orange Glo" cleaner, as it belon
            gs to that company, for around £20. Now I had some the fun could begin - the testing! The tub comes with directions on the back for it's different applications. It can only be used on organic stains such as coffee, blood, grass, mildew and the euphamisticaly named "pet stains". It can be added to laundry - a scoop per load - along with your normal cleaner to get your "whites whiter" and to act as a "laundry booster". We use it more on stains where you mix it with water in the applicator bottle and use as desired. You do not have to add much so it lasts for ages and ages. After a few trials we discovered that it works much better with hottish water, it seems to bubble more furiously and dissolve stains better. You might want to just make up what you need and use it while it is hot rather than leave it for use later. We have used it on coffee and wine spills on carpets, tea stained cups and teapots as well as mysterious stains on the kitchen carpet that no-one can identify. It brought the cups up shiny and new and the coffee spills are no more. As for the kitchen carpet, it made us realise we would have to clean the entire thing now as we have a few clean spots where the stains once were! OxiClean is a bit more expensive than some other cleaners, and it's use is limited to organic stains. Despite this it will last you forever and it is very good at the stains it specialises in. As the enthusiastic advert guy says "OxiClean - powered by the air that we breathe and activated by the water you and I drink!". He said that a lot, very loudly right down the camera. Its very good but he didn't need to be that enthusiastic. Calm down man!

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              06.11.2002 20:07

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              Limited Use - Advantages: Good on tea, fruit juice - Disadvantages: Expensive, Doesn't shift grease & food stains

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              29.06.2002 01:55
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              I was sceptical about buying this product but after my boyfriend brought me home an adorable puppy for christmas I gave it a try to work out some of her accidents. I followed the instructions to a 't' and applied the product to some of her stains in the carpet and waited and waited and scrubbed and scrubbed and nothing happened. The stains didn't come up and the carpet did not look any cleaner than if I had been using Resolve or pet stain remover. I figured I'd give it another shot in the bathroom as I had already paid for the product. Again I followed the directions for bathroom use. I applied the smelly white paste on my shower and waited and then scrubbed and again nothing. I was almost ready to through it away but decided to give it yet another try. I waitress in the evenings after my classes and my uniform gets a lot of stians so I added a scoop to my laundry to see if it helped or worked better than the stain stick. I let the washewr run through it's cycle then dryed my uniforms and saw absolutely no imporvement!!! In fact it seemed to discolor the logo on the front of my shirt from a nice shade of black to a weird color of brown but the grease stains were still there. All I can say I gave this product a more than fair chance and it didn't work. It's supposed to work only on organic stains which is what I used it for and it didn't do anything.

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                23.06.2002 23:36
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                I firstly saw this product advertised on television and I thought "as if" it was showing that it could remove practically anything from stains on clothes to cleaning wood off - i was in disbelief, so the next time I visited the supermarket I bought some, a small tub and thought I will give this a try, the first stain that came along was when my baby was running around in her walker and knocked a cup of coffee over onto the nice clean light beige carpet that I have, i mixed the powder and put it into a spray bottle and followed the instructions and hey presto, the stain disappeared as it said it would, and so on I went to removing coffee stains from cups to putting the powder in with the washing load to remove dirty marks, then my partner went on to using it on the interior of his car and it came up a treat, it seemed since I bought this product more stains appeared in the house from the pet to my partner and the baby and its easy to use and really does work this product was amazing and yes it did do all the things it said on the packaging, I am absolutely delighted with this product and it is highly recommended, and easy to use and not complicated - in fact I put a scoop of powder in with my washing nearly everyday.

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                OxiClean Multi-Purpose Stain Remover attacks organic stains and odours on most any water-washable fabric or surface.