For the wine and coffee type stains, OxiClean earns its name. Oxygen is an atomic buzzsaw, slicing through chemical bonds left and right. Rust? That's oxygen. Wrinkles? Oxygen again. When the hydrogen peroxide component of OxiClean hits the water, it further breaks down into water and a free oxygen atom that's just looking to raise some hell.
Coffee, wine and other similar chemicals get their color from the geometry of their chemical structure. Even a slight change in that structure causes the chemicals to lose their color, and that's where that lone oxygen atom comes in. The oxygen starts slicing and dicing those chemicals, chopping up some of them and sticking others together. It destroys that color-causing geometry, leaving the chemicals completely transparent. So while the material that caused the stain remains on the fabric, the stain has become invisible.
"You just get rid of the color by breaking the bonds, so you don't care if the material is still on the fabric, because there's no more color," said Harwell.
However, OxiClean isn't the only product with these properties. Hydrogen peroxide can be bought by itself, and bleach works the same way. For the pH raise, many companies, including Arm and Hammer, which is owned by the same company that makes OxiClean, manufacture a product called washing soda or soda ash, which is just sodium carbonate by itself. But of course, there's no one on TV yelling at you to buy those products.
I just have to say, "I hate Billy Mays!" LOL! I'm sooooooooo tired of him yelling at me on TV =P
I've had a hate for Billy Mays for a long time. Although lately I haven't been seeing him when I watch Television I take that as a sign of something. (Maybe he was captured my Aliens!)
That is because he passed away. I do not know if it is just a rumor, but I saw a blog post about it.
Billy Mays has died.