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OxiClean Review

Updated: August 15, 2016

Bottom Line


  • Removes grass, dirt, juice, makeup
  • Makes whites brighter when used in laundry
  • Effective on carpet stains
  • Eco friendly


  • Not as effective on greasy or tomato-based stains
  • Can damage wool and silk
  • Can damage some surfaces if used improperly
Our Analysis
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Experts and users say that while OxiClean stain fighter can't quite live up to all of the promises made in its infomercials, it is an effective stain remover when used the right way and against the right kinds of stains. Among common stains, grease and tomato products are a weakness, but OxiClean works well against a variety of tough stains that challenge similar products, including grass, fruit juice and makeup. However, experts also warn that improper use -- such as leaving OxiClean stain remover on fabrics too long -- can cause damage.

OxiClean comes in a variety of forms and formulations to tackle everyday cleaning tasks. Those include spray-on stain removers (*est. $5 to $8), a carpet-cleaning formula (*est. $5), a dye and fragrance-free formula (*est. $7) and formulas designed for cleaning stains associated with babies and toddlers (*est. $5 to $10). The best-known version, OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover (*est. $8), is a powder that's used as a laundry additive and pretreatment. Though OxiClean has been on the market for many years, the formula for its Versatile Stain Remover was updated in 2005. Because of that, we only considered more recent reviews for this report.

While we didn't find any reviews that compared OxiClean to other stain removers, we did find lots of feedback on OxiClean itself. Experts, such as About.com's guide to housekeeping put different versions of OxiClean to the test and come away mostly to completely impressed. Two TV station reports find that the OxiClean works, but also find some shortfalls in the products they test. Bloggers across the Internet have also weighed in on the as-seen-on-TV OxiClean, spurred in part by a test initiated by The Parent Bloggers Network. Additional user ratings can be found at InfomercialRatings.com.

That OxiClean works reasonably well isn't a huge surprise as the science behind the product is fairly well understood. At its heart is sodium percarbonate, a white powder that releases hydrogen peroxide when mixed with water. Despite being a strong bleach, hydrogen peroxide is relatively eco-friendly. OxiClean stain remover also contains additional detergents and soil dispersing ingredients.

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