OxiClean: Is the Generic Just as Good?
OxiClean vs Dollar Tree Generic Brand
Like many other products, Oxiclean has a few copycats out there, but is it really as good?
Here's my story. My family and I recently bought a house. It is a wonderful house that we got for a great price and it even came fully furnished. But like every well-loved house, it came with stained carpets. Luckily there weren't any huge stains, but there were quite a few of them. No one had lived in the house for at least a year, so we knew soap and water just wasn't going to cut it. My mom came to visit and said to try Oxiclean.
So before our trip to Walmart, we stopped at Dollar Tree for some other items. Lo and behold, they had a generic version of Oxiclean. Should we try it? Will it be as good? Should we just wait to get the real OxiClean? Mom came up with the perfect solution! Buy them both. After all, we're only out one dollar if it stinks, right? Think of all the money we can save if it works.
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We purchased the OxiClean Versatile Stain remover in the powder form because it was closest to the "other" brand. The first thing we noticed was that the OxiClean was only $3.57, so not a whole lot more expensive then the generic, which was of course $1. But $2.57 is $2.57 right? As you can see from the picture above, the OxiClean is actually a little bigger, not just the container but the actual weight is almost 5 oz heavier so a little more for your money there. The ingredients are not listed on either container so I can't tell you what the differences are there but the OxiClean does have little blue particles in it that the generic does not (shown in picture).
We had to try them out as soon as we got home of course. so we used two different water bottles. One with OxiClean and the other with the generic brand. Mixed them both with warm water and went to town. Both products fizzed up on impact with the stains. We were sure they were going to come to the same end result. We were proven wrong though. After wiping the spots clean of solution the Dollar Tree purchase had greatly reduced the stain but it was still faintly visible, The OxiClean stain was completely gone. We tried a few more just to be sure the first stain wasn't an easy one and were impressed with how clean the OxiClean got the carpet.
One of the things my dad said when we first go the house was,"I wouldn't worry about replacing the carpets yet. The kids will just mess them up again." Well now we don't even need to! The carpets are great and with OxiClean I'm not even worried about the stains the kids may bring.
So, if you only have $1, the generic will definitely help get your stains out. But if you can spring for the extra few bucks, is definitely worth your investment! It's a lot cheaper then carpet! OxiClean
How to Save More on OxiClean
- Keep an eye out for a coupon in your local paper. I've seen them for many OxiClean products lately.
- Look for a coupon online.
- Buy in bulk and split with a friend (Check the prices, sometimes buying in bulk can save you money).
- Use half Oxi/half generic (Probably not quite as good but better then just generic).
- Keep an eye on store sales!