Oxi-Clean Stain Remover

Oxi-Clean Stain Remover

This stuff is an OCD's dream come true! I love cleanliness but I'm torn between that and the harmful cleaners on the market. I saw the TV infomercials for Oxiclean like everyone else and I did some research and found that the main ingredients are sodium percarbonate (powder that combines soda ash, sodium carbonate) with hydrogen peroxide; it uses the peroxide as a bleaching agent, effective on laundry and around the house. It is similar in its function to, but environmentally sounder than, another “oxygen bleach,” sodium perborate, which uses the harmful-to-soil borax. Furthermore, the percarbonate functions at a lower temperature than does the perborate, allowing you to save energy with a cooler wash cycle. It can’t be used with silk or wool however. Like many other cleaning products, sodium percarbonate is harmful if swallowed or inhaled and can cause irritation to the eyes and skin. But while hydrogen peroxide is not safe to touch, inhale, or consume, it is not a carcinogen, nor does it persist in the environment—it is far preferable to chlorine bleach (via National Geographic's Green Guide which gave this product a thumbs up). And this stuff really works.