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OxiClean 2 in 1 Stain Fighter Liquid - About.com Laundry Product Review

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OxiClean 2 in 1 Stain Fighter Liquid - About.com Laundry Product Review

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OxiClean 2 in 1 Stain Fighter is promoted to supercharge your detergent by fighting stains and brightening colors.

OxiClean 2 in 1 Stain Fighter Liquid

Oxi Clean 2 in 1 Stain Fighter is an in-wash laundry product that is an enhanced version of oxygen-based bleach. It can also be used to pretreat stains on washable fabrics. The product ingredients are listed as:

  • surfactants
  • hydrogen peroxide

    There are obviously other ingredients so after contacting the Research and Development department at Church & Dwight, this is the ingredient list they provided:

  • Water
  • Nonionic surfactant
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Anionic surfactant
  • Acrylic polymer
  • Brightener
  • Fragrance
  • Dye

    OxiClean 2 in 1 Stain Fighter liquid is available in Fresh Scent and Free (scent and dye-free) varieties in a 45 ounce size. It safe to use in high-efficiency or standard washers. It is safe for septic systems and the plastic bottle is recyclable.

    OxiClean 2 in 1 Stain Fighter is also available in single dose Power Paks.

  • Church & Dwight and the OxiClean Story

    OxiClean and the Arm & Hammer Laundry Products are an arm of the Church & Dwight Co., Inc. The Arm & Hammer brand was first applied to boxes of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) produced by Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight in 1846. The familiar box of baking soda with the hammer-wielding arm of Vulcan, god of fire, as their logo became a fixture in most homes.

    In 1970, the company introduced the first non-phosphate laundry detergent and was the sole corporate sponsor of the first Earth Day celebration. By the 1980s, Arm & Hammer laundry detergent was available in both liquid and powder formulas and in 2012, single use paks.

    And, in 2006, Church & Dwight acquired Orange Glo International, the parent company of OxiClean, an oxygen based bleach.

    In addition to laundry products and baking soda, Church & Dwight manufactures a variety of cleaning, freshening and deodorizing products such as kitty litter, toothpaste, deodorants, carpet deodorizer, household cleaners like Kaboom, Orange Glo and Scrub Free, and personal products like Nair, Trojan condoms and First Response pregnancy tests.

    Laundry Guide Recommendations

    I have always found OxiClean to be an effective stain remover and have used the oxygen based bleach powder for years. By preparing a solution of the powder and water and using it as a presoak for one to eight hours, many stains can be removed from washable fabrics.

    I was not as pleased with OxiClean 2 in 1 Stain Fighter liquid. It can be used as a pretreater for stains but should not be allowed to dry on the fabric. So, the most it can work is usually 30 to 45 minutes. I tested it on a muslin square stained with dried ketchup, mud, grass and cooking oil. After pretreating and washing, traces of the stains remained.

    As an in-wash detergent booster, it does add more cleaning power if you are using an inexpensive detergent. However with a heavy duty detergent that already contains enzymes and optical brighteners, I don't feel that it is necessary.

    The product label suggests using one-fourth cup of the stain fighter per average load and three/eighths cup for large or heavily soiled loads. Using just the one-fourth cup, the bottle only holds eleven uses. The measuring lines on the yellow cap are impossible to read. So, to get the most from your bottle, use a separate measuring cup. Add the product at the same time as your laundry detergent.

    OxiClean 2 in 1 Stain Fighter is a good booster for less expensive detergent. However for the best removal of heavy duty stains, I suggest using the OxiClean 2 in 1 Stain Fighter Power Paks or OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder.

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