Saturday, June 25, 2011

When Products Actually Work

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

Three times in the past two weeks I've come across household linens that needed stain treatment.  (A tablecloth, a sheer panel, and some doilies.) Each time I've turned to one product to take them from dingy to sparkling clean.  I used Oxiclean.  Like magic, the stains are gone.

I wish I could say every product I use actually does what it's supposed to do.  Sometimes you try something new because of hype.

A couple of weeks ago I bought a pine shelf and decided to paint it white. But from bitter experience I also knew that the knots on the wood were likely to show through.  So I bought some primer that's supposed to cover them and keep them covered forever.  It's been two weeks and so far so good.  Ask if I like it two years from now.

Every week I walk down the grocery store aisles and make choices.  This instead of that. Some things I won't compromise on, some things I will try a different product.

What product have you recently used that you could give a testimonial for?

15 comments:

Tiffany0227 said...

Clorox Green Works, that stuff is amazing, i used it on grease spots, my husband and son are really bad about wearing good clothese in the garage and i have tried everything and this stuff really does work.

Aimee said...

OxiClean Max Force Gel Stick. I'm not a fan of regular Oxi Clean (the big tub stuff pictured on the blog entry) because it doesn't seem like it does much but the gel stick gets stains out like nobody's business.

With the Doll and BHE being stain magnets, I spend alot of time doing laundry and that gel stick gets 99% of their messes out on the first try no matter how long the stain has been left to set in to the item.

Aurian said...

I love mr. Muscle, really does open the drains again.

Anonymous said...

I only use non-toxic cleaning products. I believe the Oxi stuff is OK. I buy products at Whole Foods, or online at Drugstore.com. However, many are scented and gave me horrible allergy attacks. Tried the homemade versions. Not hard to make and they REALLY work. Lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil. I'm a packaging fanatic, so saved old bottles to put the stuff in. And use those beautiful micro cleaning cloths in different colors. Makes cleaning more festive.

Lover of Books said...

I love love love oxi clean. I used it more than once to clean a high chair cover. I also used it to clean icky dog blankets among other things. It is my go to and I have not been disappointed yet!

Books by Heather said...

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. LOVE it.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Joe Campanelli's Stain Remover. Also Stain Buddy. They don't seem to work on everything as claimed, and the one does seem to leave a slight orange tint to some things (not all), but I've actually used one on top of the other, which seemed to work. Unfortunately, I think you can get them from QVC and not the stores. I think they also have their own websites where you can buy, but it would cost more than on QVC.

I also LOVE Tide To Go!

Debra said...

I'm with Heather - Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. I tried it on a kitchen cabinet. When I looked up, I had cleaned three of them. The light plate, the fridge handle and shelves, the toaster oven, etc,etc.

KeLLy aNN said...

Zote soap bar to make my own detergent. It's great for washing. From another Betty Blogger, I learned to add a bar of Dr. Bronner's soap to the detergent mixture.

Leann Sweeney said...

I just bought Martha Stewart's new carpet stain remover. Wow. I have a kitty who has a kidney infection and that stuff cleaned up the little blood spots intstantly. I am not a huge Martha fan, but I might try other things in her new line. AND all the ingredients are on the label. I like that!

Queen Lizz said...

Oxi-clean is fantastic!!! I have one cat that is the vomit Queen, and another that sprays when he is anxious. I have actually had people over that have said that they didn't know we had cats until they see them... Thank goodness for Oxi-clean!

Sarita said...

I use old tried and true cleaners. Not big on trying new things, unless they come with a big endorsement from someone I trust.

Vickie said...

Banana Boat Sunblock Lotion Tear Free for Kids SPF 50. It's magic!

DittyMac said...

I've been using Capture, a weird moist powdery carpet cleaner for years and like it. Lately my dog, who is getting old, has had strange accidents. (I've had to get rid of rugs when I couldn't get the stain out.) I pour vinegar on the puddle then blot. Then spray with 409 then vigorously brush in Capture. It sometimes gets foamy. You have to wait til the next day to vacuum it all up, but I swear it is amazing. And I have been cleaning up pet stains for many years. I wish I had the energy to do the whole rug. There is something weird near where my grandson always sits.

Anonymous said...

I recently tried an old trick. I use oxi-clean on about everything. A nurse told me while drawing blood that nurses uses hydrogen peroxide, so I tried it. Not only did it get the blood out but the dye, too, so beware. Also I use a product meant for stains and soil left by cats that's an orange scented cleaner. I think that gets anything out - better than bleach. Not to be blunt, but I tried some of my husband's old underwear, and they looked brand new. It's a much more expensive alternative than bleach, but every so often it pays off.