Chocolate and mustard
Chocolate, mustard, ketchup, and (blood) raw steak drippings.
Ding ding ding! In this corner... DIY Oxy-Clean... "dollar store" version... name brand Oxy-Clean.
Getting ready to take a bath.
Ahhhh Jacuzzi time!
Note, I reached in the bottom of the bowl of the home-made version to see if it was settling at all (as it did that the last time I made it after it sat a long time in the container) and there was a crunchy round disk of it in the bottom already. It had soaked for around, I think, 1-1/2 hours. (Maybe an argument to use the baking soda if you are going to soak something for a while.)
The results: (Note, I made sure the stains set well as I didn't actually want them to get the stains completely out as I wouldn't be able to compare them then.) They all took the chocolate out. Oxy-Clean won on the mustard and steak drippings by a little. Ketchup was won by the home-made version, by a hair. Kind of weird how they made the ketchup stains look. Looks like food coloring.
To me, it comes down between buying the original (best price-wise also) or making the DIY version.
In Summary: Stain-wise, my personal impression is that the brand name is the best. The home-made version came in close behind, and the dollar store version was worse. Price-wise, the brand name Oxy-Clean wins.
1/2 cup washing (or baking) soda
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
1 cup water (or put the above two directly in the washer while it is filling)
(Note, washing soda gets hard in the box after a while, after you open it; so I'm going to try storing it in another container this time.)