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The Purex Challenge

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Today I am doing something a bit different on the blog.  It actually isn’t a recipe-related post but it will help you with all of your food-related stains not just food though – nearly every stain you may encounter in your daily (weekly) laundry chores.  Recently I signed up to be a part of Purex Social Insiders and they sent me my first challenge.  The Purex Challenge.  What is this challenge? Simply put, the wonderful people at Purex sent me a full-sized bottle of their newest product, Purex® plus Clorox2® detergent.  All I needed to do was test this on the toughest stain I had and then review the product results.  How convenient was it that I was out of laundry detergent when this arrived! Score!


Let me tell you a bit about Purex® plus Clorox2® detergent –

Purex plus Clorox 2 is a newer product for the Purex line that became available in March 2016. It claims that Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent contains 3 stain-fighting enzymes that works on removing 100 stains. Some of these stains include:

  • Starchy stains like chocolate and tomato sauce
  • Protein-based stains like grass and blood
  • Stains that use guar gum like ice cream and BBQ sauce

It brightens whites, it’s safe for colors, and a smart value for the price. It also comes in two fragrances: Original Fresh and Sunny Linen.

But – will it work on my toughest stain of the week?

I was about to find out. For once I didn’t have any food-stained clothes to wash – I seem to remember to put on the apron after the first spatter hits my shirt.  Anyway, my husband is a biker and is part of a gang.  Got your attention, didn’t I? Think road bike not a Harley.  He rides twice a week with his gang and then participates quite often in rides across our state that can have him pedaling up to a 100 miles a ride.  All of that riding takes a toll on his bike so he has to work on it, tinker with this or that to make it better than before.  It’s a messy job and typically he will wear clothes that are already beyond help to get the many stains out so I don’t worry about those coming out when I do the wash.  This particular day, he decided to just wear a white t-shirt.  I know, I rolled my eyes and thought – well there’s bleach.  He mentioned to me that the shirt was on the washer so that I would remember it needed some attention.


I grabbed the Purex plus Clorox 2 bottle and decided this needed a pre-treatment.  I dabbed a bit of the detergent on the shirt and rubbed it in gently where the bike grease stains were.  I also saw the armpits had yellow sweat stains.

I need to mention it smelled badgrease, sweat, and gasoline.  I sure hoped this new stain-fighting detergent was up to this task!  I allowed the pre-treatment to sit about 5 minutes then I washed it with a small load of whites (mainly towels) with the recommended amount of Purex. My tip for you: Fill your washer with some water first, then add your detergent. Let it mix a moment before adding your clothes so the detergent dispersed evenly in your washer.


When I took the t-shirt out of the washer to look at it , I was amazed! You couldn’t even tell the grease stains were there at first glance.  A closer look and you could barely see a few gray specks that didn’t totally come out.  The yellow sweat stains were gone and the last test to check was the sniff test.  I sniffed (cautiously) and no lingering gasoline, body odor, or grease smells were noted.  In fact, the shirt not only was brighter and cleaner, it smelled wonderfully.  I was impressed and will keep a bottle of Purex on hand at all times, now!



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Disclosure: I received a sample of Purex plus Clorox 2 complimentary for review, but all opinions are my own. I was not compensated for writing this post. Full disclosure policy here.**





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  1. My daughter brought home her polo button down with something black on the side that she and I couldn’t determine what it could be. I didn’t have any Clorox 2 so I used what I had. I do have Clorox 2 on my shopping list to pick up the next time I am shopping. All of the stain didn’t come out.

  2. This is kind of embarrassing, but the toughest stain I’ve encountered is that annoying streak in my husbands white briefs 🙁 Almost TMI, I know!

  3. Dog Pee on my Grandmother’s White shawl! Oh dear. I just couldn’t believe our 16 year old family pet did that, it was impossible, so it needed to be dry cleaned.

  4. I work in a Dr’s. office and wear white pants and a white lab coat. We do surgical procedures which sometimes results in blood getting on my clothes. So that’s the toughest stain for me, especially if I don’t see it right away and it winds up drying.

  5. The toughest stains for me are my husbands pants after he works in the garage,grease and /or car oil stains,they are so bad I wash them separate from everyone else’s laundry because I’m afraid car grease will get on our clothes.

  6. Grease can be tough if you don’t do some form of pre-treating. Many condiments, especially mustard are also challenging.

  7. My boyfriend is a chef and always has stains on his chef coats. The worst one by far is hot sauce and bbq sauce!