OxiClean powder fights stains using oxygen. It is safer for colored fabrics than chlorine bleach; however, as with any cleaning agent you should test it on a small area first to make sure it won't fade the dyes. This powder's use is not limited to laundry. You can also use it on hard surfaces, such as floors or countertops.
As a Laundry Stain Pre-treater or Carpet Stain Cleaner
Put on rubber gloves and safety glasses. Pour 16 oz. of warm water in a bowl or bucket. Add 1 scoop--the scoop comes with the product--of OxiClean powder to the water.
Stir it with a wooden or plastic stirrer. The powder needs to dissolve completely before use.
Use a clean sponge dampened with this solution to treat laundry stains. According to the product directions, you can also use this powder-to-water ratio for spot-treating stains on carpet. The product should sit on the stain for 5 to 10 minutes (whether laundry or carpet) before being blotted with white cloth towels or paper towels.
Rinse fabric or carpet well with clean water. Do not let the product dry on the fabric or carpet.
In the Washing Machine
Let your washing machine fill with water to the desired level. Do not add clothing yet.
Add 1 scoop of the powder along with your regular detergent for a small load. Add 2 to 4 scoops for medium to large loads.
Allow the powder to dissolve completely in the water.
Add your clothes and wash as usual.
Fill a bucket with warm water.
Pour in 2 to 4 scoops--4 scoops to clean heavily soiled items--of OxiClean per gallon of water. Stir the mixture with your stirrer.
Use a sponge or a mop to wipe the solution over soiled areas. Rinse it completely with warm water afterward.