While laundry detergents have added “oxi” cleaners to some of their products for years, Tide only recently released their own separate oxygen cleaner in direct competition with OxiClean.
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Oxygenated cleaning agents generally contain sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide, along with detergents. OxiClean pioneered these types of products back in 1997.
Arm & Hammer parent company Church & Dwight acquired OxiClean in 2006 when it purchased Orange Glo International. Like OxiClean, Tide Oxi comes in a large tub with a scoop for measuring the desired amount. To use it as a laundry booster, add Tide Oxi to the drum as it fills with water.
I use a regular top-loading washing machine with liquid detergent and fabric softener dryer sheets. I normally add chlorine bleach to my white loads, but for testing purposes, switched to Tide Oxi, which I used in colored loads as well.
In my white loads, Tide Oxi seemed to clean and brighten as well as chlorine bleach without the risk of fading clothes or creating unsightly bleach marks. My colored laundry came out looking brighter and cleaner as well.
Tide Oxi can come in handy for other uses besides laundry, though.
To test Tide Oxi as a household cleaner, I dissolved about 1/4 scoop in a cup of warm water, then poured some of the mixture on two marks on my counter – a pink stain and a brownish one. Generally, I would have used a Mr. Clean Magic Sponge for such stains. Magic Sponges have worked wonders for me in the past on stubborn counter stains, but they often require putting some significant elbow grease behind them.
Much to my surprise, after leaving the Tide Oxi soak on my counter for a few minutes, the stains came off with just a wipe of a dry paper towel.
Since I’m never short on carpet stains, I figured I’d try Tide Oxi on them as well, mixing a couple of tablespoons in a spray bottle with water. I let it dissolve for a few minutes before mixing and spraying on my carpet stains.
I crawled around on my carpet and took out every stain I found after spraying on the Tide Oxi.
For a tougher test, I sprayed the Tide Oxi mixture on my shower and left it sit for 20 minutes on a fair amount of soap scum.
Then, I rubbed it off with a wet Scotch-Brite sponge, using the scrubber side only for the metal parts of the door and any caulking it could reach. The Tide Oxi did a great job on the soap scum without having to scrub terribly hard.
Tide Oxi costs less than OxiClean – about $10 for a 108-laundry-load tub compared to about $8 for a 53-load OxiClean bucket at Walmart. Most grocery stores carry Tide Oxi, and you can often find Tide coupons in monthly Sunday newspaper coupon inserts.
P&G may have associated their new Oxi product with the venerable Tide name, but you can use Tide Oxi with any laundry detergent. Plus, it makes a fantastic household cleaner and stain remover.
I have used Oxiclean for nearly all of the above purposes as well, and it performed admirably. When you compare Tide Oxi vs Oxiclean, though, Tide Oxi wins, because it’s just as good as Oxiclean and costs significantly less.
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