Then and now
I use to have a clean house. And a white leather sofa. I could leave the house without having to do a “sticker check” to ensure none were stuck to the seat of my pants. If you happened to spot glitter in my house then we must have had quite a party the night before. Doing laundry was easy. Separate the lights, whites and dark coloured clothes and throw them in the machine. Most days I even got them out of the dryer before they wrinkled.
Things are different now. My white leather sofa is long gone and replaced with a far more practical grey tweed from Ikea. With reversible cushions and replaceable covers. I have stickers EVERYWHERE. On my purse, on my pants, just everywhere. And the glitter. Oh the glitter. Whoever came up with the idea of packaging glitter for children’s craft was an evil, evil genius. And then there is the laundry. It’s not so simple anymore. I went from the occasional red wine mishap (there would have been more but I prefer white) to frequently wondering “what the heck IS that?” when sorting the laundry. Dirt? Chocolate? Paint? Do I even want to know?
Kids are messy. That’s just life and you get use to it after a while. We do our best to keep an handle on the messes so the house isn’t overflowing with errant craft project messes and the dishes at least make it to the dishwasher. I can handle messes – to a point. We all have our limits, but overall messes aren’t that big of a deal. You get out the vacuum, the mop, etc and you just deal with it. No white couches, no carpet, easy peasy. Except, of course, for the laundry. That is a whole other ballgame. When my daughter was a toddler I was sure this would get better. Surely she would get less messy as she got older. Fewer spills. Less sticky messes and random unidentifiable stains. Boy was I wrong. She’s seven now and it’s not any better. It might, in fact be worse. Now we have grass stains, ground in dirt, the occasional blood stain (she’s a bit of a dare devil) and lipstick, just to name a few. And she is still the messiest eater I’ve even known.
The right tools for the job
So laundry is a job. One I’m not all that crazy about. But the one thing experience has taught me is that having the right tools for the job makes things much, much easier. So my toolbox is full. And these are the power tools of the laundry world. Yes, I’m talking about OxiClean – the #1 stain fighter brand in Canada. There’s a reason it’s number one. And I took the Power of OxiClean Challenge to prove just how good it works.
It’s summer time so, for my family, that means spending every weekend and day off work at the campground. It is definitely our happy place. And let me tell you, camping is messy. We’ve got a seven year old who just learned to ride without her training wheels, which means lots of tumbles and ground in dirt. With the heat we’ve been having we also like to have water balloon fight – which doesn’t sound messy. I mean it’s just water right? But you know what happens when those balloons hit the dirt right in front of you – a big dirty splash. There’s also soccer in the grass and fishing, sticky, gooey campfire marshmallows and all sort of dirty camping fun. And, of course, no washing machine. With a kid who insists on wearing white…
I don’t know how she got started on this white trend. Maybe because it’s summer and white tends to be a little cooler. Or maybe she just likes to make me work harder.
So what do you do when you’re at the campground with no washing machine and have stains like this? And, no I am not spending my precious lake time hand washing clothes. There are fish to catch! Luckily, I’m prepared.
My first line of defence against stubborn camping stains is OxiClean MaxForce Foam Laundry Pre-Treater and OxiClean Maxforce Spray. These are so handy to have on hand when we are out at the lake because I can pre-treat the stains and not have to worry about washing them until we get back home.
Once I get home and actually get around to doing laundry it’s time to break out another favorite OxiClean product.
OxiClean White Revive is the cream of the crop when it comes to getting out stains and keep your whites white. I use to rely on chlorine bleach to keep my whites looking bright, and it works fairly well but it is just so tough on fabric. There is a better way, and this is it. OxiClean White Revive whitens with three powerful whitening and brightening agents what won’t damage your clothes. It uses the power of oxygen instead of chlorine bleach and deep cleans with enzymes and surfactants as well as despoits optical brighteners. Sounds impressive doesn’t it? Let’s find out.
I added a scoop of OxiClean White Revive to the machine with my favorite laundry detergent (which happens to be OxiClean HD) and tossed in my already pretreated whites.
I set my machine to Bright Whites – which on my machine will wash in hot water. Always check the label on the clothing you are washing to see what temperature you can safely use. The load I was doing was all ok with hot water.
And the verdict?
Quite honestly, amazing. My daughter’s white clothing, all of which had various spills, stains and ground in dirt, came out clean and bright. So this was definitely a win with the white clothes but what about colours?
This is my daughter’s favourite dress. It’s my favourite too. The colours are so bright and beautiful and look amazing on Molly. She’s been pretty good and not getting nasty stains on this dress but it does get worn a lot and that mean it gets washed a lot. But despite the numerous washings I’ve managed to keep this lovely dress looking bright throughout the OxiClean Challenge.
OxiClean Colour Shield Laundry Stain Remover combines tough stain fighters with colour safe brighteners. It gets tough stains out the first time while protecting colours. It delivers 50% more brightening power versus using the leading value detergent alone.
I’m not sure how many washes later this is – a dozen, maybe more. Look at how well those colours are holding up. And the fabric isn’t piling at all. Despite wearing this dress all summer long its looking like it will still be “school worthy” come September. And I love that. With this kid growing like a weed I’m already spending a small fortune on clothing because she outgrows it so fast. So it’s extra frustrating when the clothes I do buy already looked old and dingy after a few washes.
So it’s fair to say the OxiClean challenge was a success in our house. We threw plenty of challenges at OxiClean and it delivered. Just to recap, here are the tools in my OxiClean arsenal:
- OxiClean MaxForce Foam Laundry Pre-Treater – with added grease dissolving power, it deeply penetrates fibers and dissolved stains.
- OxiClean MaxForce Spray – combines 5 types of stain fighters to help you get out more of our toughest dried-in stains the first time.
- OxiClean Colour Shield Laundry Stain Remover – combines tough stain fighters with colour safe brighteners to keep your colours looking new and radiant longer.
- OxiClean White Revive – specially formulated with new WOW White Technology that maintains whites to help keep them looking new for longer
You can find the complete OxiClean line up at drug and grocery stores across Canada.
Ready to take the challenge?
I’m so confident that you are going to love OxiClean as much as I do that I wan to give one of my readers the chance to take the challenge too! One lucky person will win a $30 Loblaws gift card so they can pick up the OxiClean products and test them out too. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents (except Quebec) age 18 and over. Enter using the form below.
Disclosure: As part of the OxiClean Challenge I received products so I could demonstrate how they work. All opinions expressed in this post are honest and my own.