OxiClean® is a commercial laundry cleaning agent, in short a stain remover. It is a mix of bleaching agent and sodium percarbonate that when dissolved in water produces hydrogen peroxide. Quite a technical description that is not very consumer friendly, but suffice it to say that according to satisfied users, it is an effective preparation to remove most stains – grass, fruit juices, blood, mud, sauces, coffee, chocolate, cosmetics, ink and even yellowing stains.
The main ingredients of the commercial product are available and it is easy for you to make your own version of OxiClean®. Here are the steps on how you can make homemade oxi clean:
- Buy washing soda or soda ash or laundry soda, which is sodium carbonate. Do not use baking soda which is sodium bicarbonate. There is a big difference between the two.
- Use opaque or dark-colored glass spray bottles when using hydrogen peroxide. Light will turn hydrogen peroxide to water. It will be better to mix small batches so the hydrogen peroxide does not lose its potency due to storage.
- Your homemade oxi clean can be used on most types of fabrics except wool and wool blends and silk, leather and fabrics that are not colorfast as well as those that require dry cleaning.
- 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 2 tablespoons washing soda
- Pour one cup of hydrogen peroxide in an opaque or dark-colored spray bottle and add 2 tablespoons of washing soda (or soda ash, laundry soda) and shake to mix thoroughly.
- Place in a dark corner and allow the solution to sit for one day.
- Shake the bottle before each use to mix the ingredients. Spray directly on the stain.
- Let the solution soak into the stain for 10 to 20 minutes before you wash the clothes.
- ½ cup washing soda
- ½ cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1 cup hot water
- Mix all the ingredients and add the garment with grime and stains.
- Soak the garment for twenty minutes. For tougher stains, let it soak overnight. Check that the solution can be safely used on the fabric. Also check the fabric for colorfastness. Test the solution on the inside of the garment before soaking.
- Wash and rinse the clothes as usual after soaking.
- Apply some solution directly on stubborn stain and let it sit for about 10 minutes before washing.
- Throw away the leftover solution as it will lose its potency when you store it. Make a fresh batch as needed.
You do not need a degree in chemistry to make your own “clean and green” version of oxi clean that is as effective as the commercial product. You save money and time with your homemade oxi clean. Just be careful when using these base ingredients because these can sting. Even if these are non-toxic, use safety goggles and cover your nose. Your mucous membranes can be irritated by the washing soda.