Which Oxygen Based Cleaner Works the Best?: Does It Work?

Published: Jan. 29, 2003 at 10:15 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2014 at 1:25 AM CST
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Four stain removing products, all containing oxygen-based cleaners. We've seen the ads which make big claims their product can take out the toughest of stains. But the problem is, which one works the best?

We are testing Clorox's Oxygen Action, All's Oxiactive, Oxiclean, and Shout's Oxy Power. Four popular brands, against four tough stains. Grass, mustard, sherry wine, and ketchup. Stains that are every mother's nightmare, saturated on white T-shirts.

College student Karl Christmas says messy clothes is nothing new to him. "I can tell you I get food on my clothing. Spaghetti sauce, macaroni and cheese. I'm pretty messy," Karl said. We then asked Karl if he were in a store and you were staring at all four of the above mentioned cleaning products, which one would you get or which one do you think would work the best? "I think Oxiclean," Karl said.

While Karl opted for Oxiclean, we had more confidence Shout's Oxy Power would work better. I cut the T-shirts in four halves, put one scoop of each cleaning agent into their own washing machines, and threw the T-shirts in for the test.

Twenty-six minutes later, it was time to see some results. As we pulled out each T-shirt it was revealed that the stain removers didn't work 100%. But since the stains were fresh, I decided not to pretreat any of the T-shirts before washing them.

But it was clear which one worked the best. Out of all the ketchup stains we compared -- Oxiclean did the best job. The stain was barely there, whereas the others still had a dark ketchup stain on the T-shirt. So, which one works better? Oxiclean on tough stains.