How To Use Oxi-Clean: Cleaning, Laundry, and 11 Unexpected Uses

June 5th, 2018

Oxi-Clean is a familiar household product and has gained its popular reputation all for good reason. Oxi-Clean is great for cleaning many types of surfaces, as well as is a great laundry booster, helping to treat and brighten stains.

Since Oxi-Clean doesn’t contain chlorine bleach, it’s safe to use on both colored and white clothing. To power up your next laundry load, simply add a scoop or two of Oxi-Clean to the washing machine before tossing in your clothes. But be sure not to add Oxi-Clean to the laundry dispenser, as the solution works best when directly mixed with hot water.

To help treat those deep-set stains, create a pre-soak treatment by mixing one part Oxi-Clean and two parts water. Soak stained clothing for at least 30 minutes, then wash as usual. If you’re looking to neutralize your fabrics or curtains, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the solution with a light hand. Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes, then blot to dry. This Oxi-Clean mixture, made simply by mixing Oxi-Clean and water, is extremely versatile and can be used to disinfect countertops and many other surfaces.

Below we’re sharing 10 unexpected ways to use this Oxi-Clean mixture around the house. Trust us, this guide will be more helpful than you think!

1. Deodorizes Sports Equipment

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Soak smelly sports gear in this Oxi-Clean mixture to remove heavy odors and tough stains. Pre-soaking these items prior to washing them ensures persistent stains caused by mud, grass, and dirt are thoroughly removed. After soaking, wash items as usual and dry on low heat.

2. Cleans Patio Decks

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Porches are bound to get dirty, especially with the warmer weather. Kick off the summer the right way by cleaning off the patio deck! Simply rinse off the deck to loosen surface debris, then use this Oxi-Clean mixture and a brush to scrub the deck. Once you’re done scrubbing, rinse the deck with cold water and dry.

3. Shines Porcelain

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Sometimes, persistent residue gets stuck on our beautiful porcelain surfaces. Use this Oxi-Clean mixture to polish porcelain sinks and toilet bowls, giving them a shiny finish while also disinfecting germs.

4. Disinfects Toys

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Children put everything in their mouths, especially toys. Using a cloth and the Oxi-Clean mixture, wipe down toys to thoroughly disinfect them. After using the solution, take a second cloth and dip it into hot water to wipe over the toy a second time. The hot water is to ensure all surfaces are clean before returning the toy back to the child.

5. Kills Unwanted Weeds

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Mix the Oxi-Clean mixture and pour it over unwanted weeds growing in the cracks of the driveway or in the yard. Within a couple days, the weeds will die away and can be easily removed. This is a great tip for the summer season!

6. Cleans Cloudy Glass

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Over time, glasses tend to get cloudy, but this isn’t anything our Oxi-Clean mixture can’t handle. Dip a cleaning cloth in the mixture and begin to polish the glass, you will instantly see a difference. And, before you know it, your glasses will be looking good as new!

7. Deodorizes Drains

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Drains tend to get clogged, causing unwanted odors and back-ups. Pour the Oxi-Clean mixture down drain pipes to neutralize smells, helping to keep homes smelling fresh and clean.

8. Cleans Trashcans

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While we frequently fill our trash cans with trash, we rarely think of the last time we took the time to actually clean them. Using our Oxi-Clean mixture and a rag, wipe down trash cans in the home. This will help to disinfect and eliminate odors.

9. Whitens Walls

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Sticky fingerprints, rough scuffs, they’re all a part of life. But we can combat them and keep white walls clean and pristine by applying this Oxi-Clean mixture. It will not only remove surface scuffs but really whiten them.

10. Breaks Down Grout

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Grout build-up accumulates over time and can be easily overlooked. Use this Oxi-Clean mixture to thoroughly clean persistent grout in your bathroom or kitchen. Using a rag, or even a toothbrush, to scrub in between tiles. Then, rinse with cold water.

11. Remove Stuck On Labels

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Removing labels can get really annoying – mix Oxi-Clean and water and soak the labeled item for 30 minutes. After, the labels should come right off!

This Oxi-Clean mixture is powerful, safe, and works great on a number of surfaces.

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