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Review: Tide Oxi laundry booster and household cleaner

New Tide Oxi works well as a multi-purpose cleaner and stain remover.
New Tide Oxi works well as a multi-purpose cleaner and stain remover.
Beth McIntire

While laundry detergents have added "oxi" cleaners to some of their formulations for years, Tide has only recently released their own separate oxygen cleaner to compete directly with OxiClean.

Procter and Gamble provided me with a sample container of Tide Oxi in return for an honest review.

OxiClean pioneered oxygenated cleaning agents, which generally contain detergents along with sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide, back in 1997. Church & Dwight, maker of famous brands like Arm & Hammer, acquired OxiClean through its purchase of Orange Glo International in 2006.

Like OxiClean, Tide Oxi comes in a large tub with a scoop for measuring the desired amount. As a laundry booster, you should add to the washing machine after it fills with water, according to the instructions.

I use a regular top-loading washing machine with liquid detergent and fabric softener dryer sheets. I generally use chlorine bleach in my white loads, but for testing purposes, switched to Tide Oxi, which I used in colored loads as well.

Tide Oxi seemed to do as good of a job at cleaning and brightening my white loads as chlorine bleach did, and my colored laundry came out looking brighter and cleaner, too. Tide Oxi has the advantage of not fading clothes or creating unsightly bleach marks if it splatters. Tide Oxi can come in handy for other uses besides laundry, though.

Counter stains
Counter stains Beth McIntire

Counter stains

To test Tide Oxi as a household cleaner, I first dissolved about 1/4 scoop in a cup of warm water, then poured some of the mixture on a pink kitchen counter stain and a brownish mark on another part of my counter. Normally, I would have used a Mr. Clean Magic Sponge for such stains. I've used Magic Sponge as a household miracle worker for years, though removing many stains can take some significant scrubbing.

Amazingly, after soaking for a few minutes in the Tide Oxi solution, the counter stains came right off with the simple wipe of a paper towel.

Stains and soap scum
Stains and soap scum Beth McIntire

Stains and soap scum

Next, I put a couple of tablespoons of Tide Oxi in a spray bottle with water, mixed it up and let it dissolve for a few minutes. Then, I crawled around on my carpet looking for stains. I sprayed the Tide Oxi solution on every stain I found, then rubbed with a dry rag, and each stain came out.

Then, I tried using the spray as a laundry pre-treater, as I've done with OxiClean spray for several years. All of the laundry stains pre-treated with Tide Oxi came out.

I decided to also test the Tide Oxi spray bottle on the soap scum in my shower by spraying it on and leaving it for about 20 minutes. 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 an admirable job on the soap scum without having to put significant muscle behind it.

Competitive price
Competitive price Beth McIntire

Competitive price

Procter and Gamble has priced Tide Oxi below OxiClean - about $10 for a 108-load tub vs. about $8 for a 53-load OxiClean container at Walmart. You can find Tide Oxi at most major grocery stores, and look for Tide coupons in regular P&G coupon inserts in most Sunday newspapers.

Though P&G has associated their Oxi product with the well-respected Tide moniker, you can add Tide Oxi to whatever laundry detergent you have on hand. Plus, Tide Oxi works well as a laundry pre-treater, carpet cleaner, general household cleaner and stain remover. I'll probably figure out many more uses for it in the future.

With Tide Oxi's competitive price and multiple uses, it'll likely replace OxiClean on my grocery shopping list.