How to make your own oxiclean

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The original product OxiClean is a versatile powdered stain remover, effective in removing stains from fabrics, carpets, and countertops without bleaching. Two of the main ingredients in OxiClean are hydrogen peroxide and detergent. The combination is effective in making stains water-soluble, lifting stains from surfaces, and emulsifying oily stains. A homemade version of OxiClean saves money and works well.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • White towel
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Permanent marker (optional)

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  1. 1

    Add 1 cup of washing soda and 2 cups of warm or hot water to a spray bottle. Wait for the washing soda to dissolve.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide into the plastic spray bottle.

  3. 3

    Spray the mixture on your stain. The spray will work well for up to six hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Substitute baking soda for the washing soda if the fabric is delicate. Baking soda is less harsh, since it has a lower pH than washing soda.
  • Hydrogen peroxide is available in pharmacies and discount and grocery stores in the health and beauty section. Washing soda is located in the laundry aisle, and baking soda can be found in the baking aisle of your supermarket.
  • After six hours, dispose of the remaining solution in a drain or toilet. Mix small amounts of the homemade solution to prevent waste.
  • If you're using the homemade Oxiclean on carpeting, blot it up after five minutes with a soft, white towel, and then blot with a damp, white towel. Wipe surfaces after five minutes with a damp cloth to remove the cleaner.
  • Test the spray on fabric or carpet in a hidden area. Allow the spray to sit on the fibres for five minutes, and then blot with a white towel. If the colour does not bleed or fade, the spray is safe for the fibres.
  • Label your spray bottle with a permanent marker so no one confuses the cleaner with plain water.

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