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OxiClean Max Force Power Paks - About.com Laundry Product Review

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OxiClean Max Force Power Paks - About.com Laundry Product Review

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My first introduction to OxiClean was from an infomercial starring Billy Mays. His in-your-face delivery promised laundry stain removal, white clothes and bright colors. I'm always a bit skeptical of infomercial products that promise the world. They usually don't deliver. OxiClean does.

OxiClean Max Force Power Paks

OxiClean Max Force combines the cleaning properties of OxiClean and adds additional stain fighters. OxiClean Max Force is available in individual use, single dose paks and in a gel stick form for pretreating stains.

The listed ingredients on the package are:

  • nonionic surfactant
  • anionic surfactant
  • enzymes
  • sodium carbonate
  • sodium percarbonate

    To better explain the actual cleaning action of these ingredients, polymers bind to dirt and soils to suspend them in the wash water and allow them to rinse away. Amylase enzyme targets the starchy elements in food that binds them to the fabric. Solvents and surfactants dissolve and trap grease and oil. Protease enzyme targets protein stains like blood and grass.

    The Max Force formula is contained in a polyvinyl film pak that encases a single use dose. The Power Paks are used with detergent and added as the washer is filling with water or before clothes are added. The formula is safe to use with regular or high-efficiency machines. If using with a front loader, the pak must be placed directly in the drum - not in the dispenser drawer. One pak is recommended per average load. Two paks can be added if the load is large or heavily soiled.

    OxiClean Max Force is also a powerful pre-soak for tough stains and to brighten colors and whiten whites. Just add one pak to a gallon of warm water. The paks will dissolve and then add laundry for soaking. Soak time can be one to six hours.

    OxiClean Max Force contains no chlorine bleach and is safe for septic tanks. Cost is $3.99 for 10 ct.; $6.99 for 18 ct. and $9.99 for 30 ct.

  • 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 Recommendation

    OxiClean Max Force Power Paks perform exceptionally well in stain removal, restoring whiteness and brightening colors. I recommend it often for removing dye transfer, removing tough stains and whitening yellowed linens. The oxygen-based bleach is gentle on fabrics but tough on stains.

    The only "trick" to using the paks is that your hands must be completely dry when handling them or the outer film will begin to dissolve. You should also keep the outer container sealed when not in use - especially if you live in a high humidity area. The pods should always be kept away from children and pets. They look a bit like candy and can squirt into eyes or mouths if punctured.

    I would highly recommend OxiClean Max Force Power Paks for use on heavily soiled laundry and as a presoak for stained items.

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