Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Homemade OxyClean

What a great inexpensive laundry fix! This came from The Grocery Cart Challenge and I was so excited to give it a try. I feel like I go through gallons of Shout at a time, so I needed to step up my spot removal a notch. When you have a child, you never quite know what you'll be praying comes out in the wash. Let's stop that conversation there!

*Updated 9/28/11*
I've been using this concoction for over two years and I've had ALOT of questions about this Homemade Oxyclean, so I thought I'd show everyone exactly how I use it.

Here is my plastic dishpan that I have stashed in my laundry room and a batch of the Oxyclean mixed up and ready to go. I've found it much more effective to soak the stains, and not put it directly into the washing machine.

As for baking soda vs. washing soda: I use baking soda and have found it to work really well. I don't use washing soda and have never had the clarity of mind to give it a try.  Someday I will.

Here is one of my son's jumpers that I want to get some weird funk out of. It is white and bright blue, and I've used this mixture on a whole rainbow of different colors and never had any fading or bleaching. I would hesitate to use this on brand new colored garments that might bleed, but I've never had any issues.

So I pour some directly on the stain (probably a 1/4 of the whole amount in the jar depending on how many items I need to soak), fold the item on top of itself, put another clothing item on top, and repeat.

 This is how I left the clothing sit for an afternoon, (hello gray yoga pants with chocolate ice cream on them...tee hee... I was working hard that night!) then threw the dishpan contents into the washing machine.

After I rinsed out the jar, (the baking soda leaves it a little gritty) this is how I store the empty jar in my laundry cabinet. That way I always have the recipe and a container to shake it in close at hand.

I also have a free download for a Laundry Stain Cheat Sheet, and this recipe is included on it!

Homemade OxyClean
recipe from  The Grocery Cart Challenge

1 cup water
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup baking soda

Mix together and soak laundry in it for 20 minutes to overnight and then wash as usual. Or you can just skip the water and pour the peroxide and baking soda directly into the wash with your laundry soap and wash as usual.

1 comment:

  1. I won't buy OxyClean because I'm a cheapskate (the 'good' kind!)so I was thrilled to see this post. I stumbled onto your blog somehow and I found this and a cookie recipe I plan to try. Not to mention the inspiration for DIY I got from here. Thanks and I'll keep checking in for new tips and such. Lisa P in NC