Stains have vexed gardeners, athletes, sloppy eaters and nearly all who entertain the idea of keeping their clothes looking lovely as long as possible. OxiClean paste is a multipurpose cleaning agent for a wide variety of stain problems. From grass to gum, the longtime laundry spot remover is good at erasing the life's messy mistakes.
Before You Begin
OxiClean is a serious stain remover. Always test a small area for clothing, carpeting, upholstery or linens that you plan to put the paste or a soaking solution onto. If you are spraying the solution, make sure the surrounding area won't be badly affected by the stain remover if you happen to overspray. The powder can irritate the skin, so wear rubber gloves if you plan to be scrubbing over off and on over a long period. A face mask will also keep you from breathing in the fine powder if you plan to make a large batch of paste or solution. A scoop is 2 tablespoons, in case the tiny tool goes missing from your Oxiclean tub.
General Cleaning Solution for Laundry
Laundry stains vary. From liquid to ground in goop, OxiClean can get the garment back in good shape with the correct application. A general cleaning should lift most stains from the fibers of the wardrobe pieces. In a 12- or 24-ounce spray bottle, mix 2 cups of hot water with a 1/8 of a scoop of OxiClean. It will be good for six hours. Spray it directly onto the stain and gently rub it in. For more serious stains, mix one scoop of the cleaning powder with 2 cups of hot water.
Carpet and Upholstery Stains
Although the brand makes a carpet cleaner in a spray bottle, a homemade mix of OxiClean powder and water can lift up liquids and other wet objects that find their way to your floor by accident. For a stain that needs a good soak, mix a scoop of OxiClean with a gallon of hot water. Pour the mixture onto the stain or pour it into a spray bottle if the stain is small. The stain remover in a spray bottle can also better penetrate the thickness of the carpet, as well as the fibers.
OxiClean and Blood Stains
OxiClean and blood stains are a good pairing. Aside from using the spit from the person who bled on the sports jersey, washcloth or another item, OxiClean can pull the proteins from the blood stain from the fibers better than most household cleaners. Make a paste of OxiClean powder by putting a scoop in a small bowl and adding just enough water until it forms a consistency of toothpaste or peanut butter. The OxiClean paste will last a few hours before becoming inactive.
Kimberley McGee is an award-winning journalist with 20+ years of experience writing for a variety of clients, including The New York Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal Home section and other national publications. As a professional writer she has researched, interviewed sources and written about home improvement, interior design and related business trends. She earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her full bio and clips can be viewed at www.vegaswriter.com.