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Homemade Oxiclean Recipe

I found a recipe for on not too long ago. And right then and there I decided I wanted to try it myself.

We go through Shout like crazy. Something about three, busy, active, on-the-go children who seem to think it’s their God-given duty to find new and creative ways to get stains on their clothing each hour of the day. 🙂

I invested in a big bulk box of Shout almost two years ago using my Amazon giftcards from Swagbucks to pay for it. We’re nearing the end of that bulk purchase and I’ve been surveying my options.

So this Homemade Oxiclean jumped off the page at me. Maybe this would be the answer to my stain-fighting problems?

I had all the ingredients on hand already so I knew I at least had to try it and find out. The worst thing that could happen would be for it to flop and not work.

The jury’s still out on whether or not this will replace my incessant use of Shout, but I’m really hopeful that I’m going to be duly impressed with it over the next few weeks as it was very simple and inexpensive to make.

*Many recipes online call for baking soda instead of washing soda. While this might work, from the research I did supposedly the chemical properties of washing soda are more accurately suited to getting stains out. Or something.

Don’t ask me to try and explain chemistry stuff because I’m pretty much clueless about all the formulas and anything that has words I can’t pronounce. 🙂 But I’m hoping maybe some of the chemists here could better explain why you should use washing soda instead of baking soda.

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98 Comments

  • Tati says:

    If you don’t have a sprayer that fits the hydrogen peroxide bottle, then just get some aluminum foil and wrap it around the outside of your bottle. Voila, instant darkness for the contents of your bottle. This is what we do for light-sensitive chemical solutions at my work. It’s easier and cheaper than special ordering amber bottles.

  • Megan says:

    I found what I thought to be a great deal on hydrogen peroxide this week too! At wags they have a double pack of 32 ounces for $2.00. Match that with the BOGO50% you can get 4 32 oz bottles for $3.00 or .75 a peice.

  • Jennifer Allen says:

    I found a recipe for stain remover that I have used on stained baby clothes. It works wonderful!
    1/2 cup Clorox 2
    1/2 cup Cascade (dishwasher detergent)
    1 gallon warm water
    Mix together and soak clothes in solution overnight

  • jen b says:

    I tried this on some set in stains on hand-me down baby clothing that had already failed the Shout test. I soaked for a couple of hours (watered down so the water level in the bowl was high enough to cover the 3 items). The solution did bubble and foam, and when I went to push the clothed under the surface again it splattered. I defititely agree with other posters about NOT putting this into a bottle, it will explode. And the washing soda, when diluted in water, is a strong base you do not want in your/your kids eyes. Anyway, did not seem to work for my stains at first- ended up tossing the clothing in with my hot/bleach towel load and some of the stains were much lighter, but hard to tell if the stain solution did it or the bleach, or both.

  • Tirzah Smith says:

    Has anyone been using this recipe? I’d love to hear if it is working.

  • Kate Porter says:

    What is the formula for home made oxy-clean? I buy it all the time and it works wonders. I’d like to make it myself.

  • Rita Storms says:

    Sodium Percarbonate is powdered hydrogen peroxide. Amazon sells it.
    Mixing that with washing soda is oxy clean. Their site is very vague on ingredients. I mix it with my DIY laundry soap which is grated ( i make my own laundry bars) borax and washing soda. To that, I add baking soda and the sodium percarbonate.

  • Cindy Brown says:

    Love how the stains come out on shirt collars, pot holders, socks, undies,jeans, gentle on silky like blouses and dresses. Love the smell and softness of sheets, pillow cases and towels using the Borox. Home made laundry detergent and home made fabric softeners. How long it lasts

  • Peggy says:

    I’ve been trying and trying, to no avail, to get rid of old pet stains on my carpet. Oh how I hate puppy training! Then I remembered years ago I used Oxy-clean on carpets to get out cat vomit and how nicely it worked. Well peeps, I tried this recipe on my light colored carpet and ITS A WINNER. I tried a smaller stain first and its amazing!!! Every other pet stain remover on Pinterest failed. This wins hands down!!!!

  • Larry says:

    To those who wish to know the difference between washing soda and baking soda ii is very simple. Baking Soda is Sodium Bicarbonate, Washing Soda is Sodium Carbonate. Washing Soda is Baking Soda that has had the water and carbon dioxide removed from it.

    Yesterday (August 21, 2017) I was at Wal-Mart looking for Washing Soda. $6.21 a box (55 ounce size) here in Houston. Baking Soda is $1.98 for a 4 pound box 64 ounces ( Generic Brand not Arm & Hammer)

    Bought the Baking Soda, went home and spread it all out on a large cookie sheet lined with foil. Set oven to 400 Degrees F (204 C). After oven was ready I placed the cookie sheet in the oven and let it bake for 1 hour 30 minutes at 400 Degrees, stirring the Baking Soda every 30 minutes.

    After 90 minutes I had Washing Soda. Texture had changed and I tasted a small bit and it had definitely changed from Baking Soda to Washing Soda. I weighed out the soda and I had 63 ounces of soda. The rest was lost to evaporation.

    Now the cost:

    Arm & Hammer Washing Soda $6.21 for a 55 ounce box makes it 11.3 cents an ounce

    Home made washing Soda $1.98 for the box of Baking Soda .27 cents to run my oven since it is electric total cost $2.25 for 63 ounce or 3.6 cents an ounce

    Used the washing Soda today on a white load. Brighter then bright it came out and I am talking white socks that were dingy and dark on the soles.

    SO I just made a batch of homemade laundry soap using Ivory Soap ground to a powder, sodium percarbonate (Powdered Hydrogen Peroxide), the washing soda, and some lavender flowers ground very fine, and I washed a set of WHITE sheets and towels in it. The towels were a little dingy in color. Operative word being WERE. Not any more they aren’t. And they came out smelling fantastically floral from the lavender flowers.

    I make artisan soaps at home for craft shows so I have an old food processor that I use to make hand milled soap. First I shredded the Ivory, then I used the chopping blade to grate the shreds to a fine powder. Same for the lavender flowers (dried ones). Blended it all together in a plastic pail and I now have enough OxyClean Type Laundry Detergent to last me a while now. (Probably about 6 months). The stuff is concentrated so I only use 2 Tablespoons per load in an HE Washer

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