Baby, it's all white! // OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Maker of OxiClean™ through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about their Versatile Stain Remover, all opinions are my own. This post is by Indiana.

Let me tell you a tale of a woman who thought and thought and thought about the perfect family room rug, and then ordered this: 

Pleased with her purchase, she rolled out her new rug, pushed her furniture into place, and sat back and admired the decision she had made. 

When her husband came home, he shook his head in confusion. “Dear? Do you know who our children are?”

[see Instagram for the stories for 1, 2, & 3]

The woman looked at the three cherubic faces surrounding her. “I can teach them to be careful,” she said dubiously as she suddenly realized her own folly. 

The very next evening, the woman, curled up in the armchair with a new book, looked up as she heard the pitter patter of footie pajamaed feet fast approaching. 

She locked eyes with her tiny two year old, who was very sweetly bringing her a large jar of red juice to enjoy while reading her book.

Time became molasses. The woman’s “Noooooooo,” was drawn out and low. In exaggerated slow motion, the sweaty, slippery glass dropped right through the toddler’s grip, and three entire cups of red juice shot up over the rim of the jar, landing right on the pristine white part of the brand new rug. 

The woman I could not make up this tale if she I tried.

The damage was done, and there was only one way for the woman to save face… and her brand new rug. 

OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover to the rescue. 

And it’s as good as new. Black magic? Nah. 

OxiClean™ is a Versatile Stain Remover in a powder form that is activated when added to water (warm or hot water works best). Oxygen is released as bubbles that target the stains, rather than fabric, removing many tough stains on water-washable clothing, carpet, and hard surfaces both inside and outside the home.

As per their online directions, thankfully all on YouTube, all it took was a five minute soak and some blotting, and the carpet was as good as new. Nonetheless: NEW RULE! No jars of red juice are ever left in Lucy’s reach ever again. 

We love OxiClean™, and there’s a reason why we buy it in bulk at Costco. First: I’ve been cloth diapering since Jude was in diapers, and believe it or not, Lucy is wearing the same set of cloth diapers Jude donned half a decade ago and Caroline used in between. We’re working on potty training (PTL!), and we’re getting ready to pass our cloth diaper stash onto my cousin’s baby. OxiClean™, for the most part, has kept the yuck stains at bay, so no one has to be embarrassed or apologetic about how they look when they get passed on.  

Second: you would think that I would have learned my lesson from the red juice incident of 2015, but nope. I have a penchant for white when it comes to home decor. Believe it or not, OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover gave me the confidence to go ahead and purchase four white upholstered armchairs for my living room when they went on accidental mega-clearance. 

And remember these crazy Craigslist chairs I scored? I finally got them reupholstered in white Sunbrella for the family room, too. But never you worry; I’ve bookmarked the OxiClean™ How to Undo Upholstery Stains video for future reference already. I have to tell you: there are over 101 ways to use OxiClean™ to get tough stains out, delivering value through versatility and incredible benefits vs. detergent alone. 

I know it’s one thing to write about how great a product is, but it’s another to show you. I mentioned I have a lot of white stuff in our house, especially for a person whose three messy little kids are always at home running around. I have a white pinch pleat bedspread on my bed, and recently Doctor Caroline came in and gave me a shot while I was sleeping. Thankfully (or maybe not thankfully?) her needle was a marker. I batted it out of her latex gloved hand, and it landed right on my white bedspread. For this blog post, I decided to make this marker stain meet its match: 

I followed the pre-treat directions for an ink stain on cotton

  1. I mixed OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover with a little water in a cup, completely dissolving it and making it into a paste. 
  2. I used a clean, cotton cloth and rubbed the paste into the spot, making sure it was wet all the way through. 
  3. I began filling the washer and added both detergent and OxiClean™.
  4. I threw in just the bedspread and washed on “bulky” (because it’s a bedspread) on warm. 

Look:

Results typical! 

Per the OxiClean™ team-  
For Best Results Using the Product:

  • Soak 1-6 hours, and for best results soak 6 hours - even the toughest stains get washed away!
  • Always test OxiClean™ on an inconspicuous area first. Rinse, allow to dry.
  • Do not use on wool, wool blends, silk, silk blends, leather or on fabrics labeled dry-clean only.
  • Not for use on jewelry, latex paints, woven baskets, unpainted wicker, jute, teak, or finished woods.
  • Metals must not be soaked and must be rinsed immediately and thoroughly.
  • Not for use on rust, dried paint, or bleach damage.
  • Safe for septic tanks.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for exact dosing and usage instructions.

Toward the end of the year, the girls’ nursery will have to be redone with big-girl beds and new bedding. I told Chris that I’m leaning toward doing their room in all white. He says that white probably isn’t my brightest idea, but I think it’s going to be okay… as long as we keep buying OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover in bulk. 

Do you have your own OxiClean™ stain story to tell? (Or are you like me and have several to tell?) If so, submit it (or them all!) to the Dear OxiClean™ site so I can commiserate and celebrate with you.

Posted on July 18, 2016 and filed under blog.