Does it Work - October 9th

You see them all the time, infomercials claiming their products can work miracles on any stain. But do they work? To find out about one popular claim, David Hagood put Oxiclean to the test.

The Oxiclean stain specialist kit comes with everything that you would need to wipe out most any type of stain. Recently, with the help of our very own little stain maker, Regan Gerber, we gave Oxiclean a good workout and found the answer to the question, does it work?

Regan Gerber is like any 5-year-old girl. She loves to play and she also likes making a mess! For this test, Regan got her own mustard and catsup bottle and was told to go wild. And, that's exactly what she did.

Regan is not the only stain maker around the Gerber house. Her dad, Jeff, is also a little messy at times -especially if it's just rained. But according to Oxiclean these stains are no problem , so we assumed we would just be able to clean them up.

Oxiclean's instructions call for you to mix about an eighth of a scoop of their multi-purpose stain remover with hot water. In the Oxiclean instruction handbook it gives a few guidelines for cleaning your carpet. You need to check to make sure that you carpet won't fade and you also need to thoroughly shake the mixture up.

The next step in the Oxiclean process is to take the stain remover that you just mixed up and apply it to each stain. Make sure to cover the stain completely and then let it sit for anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes. We did this for each stain to find out if Oxiclean really works.

While Oxiclean was working its magic on the carpet, Regan decided it was time for a snack and she chose a good old fashion pack of gogurt, something that has been know to definitely leave a stain. Well you know how this turned out, gook all over the clothes. It's just a good thing that the Oxiclean package we bought came with nifty laundry instructions too!

While the clothes were washing, we headed back to check on the carpet. It had been about 20 minutes, so we decided to start cleaning. We scrubbed, and scrubbed and scrubbed some more. Did oxiclean work?

Yes, this product worked as advertised.

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