Photo by Robert S. DonovanOne of the things I love about laundry (wait, that's an oxymoron!) is OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover. It's a mom-of-multiple-active-boys' best friend. Let me tell you why I love it so.
Recently, I was thrilled to find a pair of Gymboree khakis and a Gymboree button-down blue oxford shirt for my 1-year old at the thrift store for about $1 each. They had a few stains, but after soaking and then washing them with Oxi-Clean, those stains were gone. I was not so thrilled when said 1-year old took a blue Sharpie highlighter and wrote in giant circular motions all over said pants.
The thrill returned, however, when--upon soaking said pants in hot water and a scoop of Oxi-Clean for a few hours, and then washing them with a tad more Oxi-Clean plus my detergent--the marks were gone. Completely gone! Good as new.
In my house, really dirty clothes (and there are many) get soaked prior to washing in hot water with Oxi-Clean. I buy whatever detergent is around $2.99 (usually Purex or All), and add a quarter to a half scoop of Oxi-Clean with the wash. I find this removes almost all stains. Amazing. Simply amazing!
There are many more uses for Oxi-Clean, but I use it only for laundry right now. I usually buy it at Sam's Club, and it is around $15 for a very large box. I pour some out in an empty glass jar and keep it on my laundry shelf, refilling as needed.
As long as my boys keep getting dirty, I think I will keep buying the OxiClean! It also helps me save money, because if I find good-quality clothes at the thrift store (but with a few stains), I know I will be able to get them out. Give it a try sometime!
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