OxiClean Tackles Three (Make That Four) Mess Makers

2 Oct

I was pleased to be a part of the Mom Central OxiClean Blog Tour in September.  If you’ve read my venting, angsty post about September, you’ll know that I needed all the help I could get!  We had catastrophic flooding in our area, as well as other snafus, and life got very messy.

Mom Central and OxiClean sent me a large container of the OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover powder and a mixing, stain-soaking bucket to work with.  I would love to be able to share before-and-after pictures with you, but I just wasn’t thinking about taking the before shots during our most messy moments.  I’m sorry, but I’m sure you can visualize and sympathize as I tell you about just a few of the ways that OxiClean came to the rescue in September with my three (make that four!) mess makers…

Mess Maker #1 is just 7 months old and interested in eating solid foods – and often, interested in spitting them back out, too!  OxiClean rescued two of my t-shirts and three of BabyNewHope’s bibs from baby food and formula stains – these can be tough if they’re not treated quickly, and treating stains wasn’t always at the top of my list!  One of my shirts in particular sat in the hamper for two days before I remembered it, so I soaked it overnight in the soaking bucket, washed it the following day, and the stains came out.

Mess Maker #2 is 4 1/2 years old and has a passionate love of markers.  Did you know that “washable” markers… sometimes aren’t?  OxiClean helped save a pair of GoGoGirl’s light pink pajama pants from the reds and blues and browns and blacks of a pack of markers, a ream of construction paper, and a distracted mom.  I did catch this messy incident pretty quickly, though, so I used OxiClean in the soaking bucket to hand-wash the pants, and most of the marker came right out.  The marker that was left did come out in the wash, to which I added OxiClean with our regular detergent.

Mess Maker #3 is 9 years old and thinks he’s a nomadic hunter-gatherer.  In September alone, he’s brought me mud stains, grass stains, berry stains, wild grape stains, flood water marks, ground-in chalk, yucky stains from picking up garbage scattered by those crazy skunks, and more.  My only complaint here is that OxiClean does not also sew ripped pant legs!  Hmm, something to work on.  I was most impressed that it took out the squished wild grapes from the bottom of a t-shirt after soaking and washing.

Mess Maker #4 is 35 years old and tackles home improvement projects – even just the removal of an old fridge – with gusto and a crowbar.  OxiClean has been tried on a pair of MechDaddy’s khakis that got a mysterious oil/grease stain recently.  The stain did lighten in the wash, but didn’t come out completely, so I have them soaking again.  I have been reading up on user suggestions for removing carpet stains using OxiClean, because MechDaddy and the kids have been known to track in sludge from outdoors.  What do you think?

Overall, I’ve been impressed with the soaking power of OxiClean.  When we’ve used it in the past, I only used it as a laundry additive and didn’t think to pre-treat with it.  As chaotic as the past month was, being able to save a few pieces of clothing from the rag pile did make me feel better, thanks to OxiClean.

I’m pretty sure you can already tell, but I’m required to tell you point blank that 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.

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