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11 Amazing Uses For OxiClean You’ll Want To Know About

If you only use OxiClean in your laundry, you're missing out on these other amazingly practical uses!

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When I stop and consider all the ways I’ve used OxiClean in my home since it debuted in 1997, the more I wonder how I ever lived without it! Today, the OxiClean brand encompasses a whole range of household cleaning products, from dishwasher boosters to carpet cleaners.

But in my opinion, their best product is still the original OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover. This one product can be used as a laundry additive, stain remover, and household cleaner, and as an added bonus, features ingredients like sodium carbonate (or washing soda) and hydrogen peroxide that break down safely with no toxic byproducts.

I have written quite a few blog posts over the years detailing how I used OxiClean to solve a particular household problem. But I had yet to collect all of my OxiClean solutions in one convenient place—until today, that is!

In today’s blog post, I’ll be sharing 11 of my favorite household uses for OxiClean for cleaning, laundry, and more. But before we get to those, I thought it would be helpful to start by mentioning the different formats I’ve found useful when using OxiClean around the house.

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4 Formats For Using OxiClean Around The House

As a so-called “Versatile Stain Remover,” it should come as no surprise that you can use OxiClean in a few different formats. I mention four specific OxiClean formats throughout this post, indicated in italicized text below each numbered use.

Here’s a brief overview of all four of the different formats you’ll see mentioned throughout this post, to help you know what format to use where.

#1 – Powder

Add OxiClean in its powdered form to laundry, or where called for as an ingredient in homemade cleaners.

#2 – Paste

Add one tablespoon of OxiClean to one tablespoon of water and mix well.

#3 – Soak

Add 1/4 cup of OxiClean to one gallon of water to create soak for grimy items. (If you need to fill a larger container, add 1/4 cup of OxiClean per gallon of water used.)

#4 – Spray

Add one tablespoon of OxiClean to one cup of water, stir to combine, then pour into a spray bottle for a multi-purpose cleaning spray.

11 Excellent Uses For OxiClean

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1. Clean Your Bathroom Sink

Format: Paste

The bathroom sink can get quite grimy over time, resulting in discoloration around the drain and overflow hole. Use an OxiClean paste to scrub all that grime away quickly and easily!

Simply apply the paste to your sink, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub it with an old toothbrush. Afterward, give your sink a good rinse and polish the fixtures with a microfiber cloth.

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2. Remove Stickers & Labels

Format: Soak

To remove adhesive residue, stickers, and stubborn labels, first prepare an OxiClean soak in your sink. Submerge the container(s) you want to clean in the water and let them soak for an hour or so.

After an hour, the labels and/or stickers should be falling right off! If there is any remaining residue clinging to the container, use a sponge to wipe it off.

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3. Clean Outdoor Items

Format: Spray

You can use a simple OxiClean spray to clean a variety of outdoor items. I’ve used it to clean my birdbaths, patio furniture, and even the carpeting in my husband’s fishing boat!

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4. Clean Your Range Hood Filter

Format: Soak

If you haven’t cleaned it recently, the filter inside your range hood is likely chock full of grease and grime! The easiest way to clean it is using an OxiClean soak, either in your kitchen sink or your deepest cooking pot.

Soak the filter in the OxiClean solution for 30 minutes or so (flipping if necessary to soak the exposed part of the filter), then rinse clean. Let the filter air dry for several hours or overnight before replacing it.

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5. Treat Carpet Stains

Format: Spray

You can use an OxiClean spray to spot clean spills or pet stains on your carpeting! Blot the area with a clean, dry cloth to remove as much of the stain as possible, then saturate the stain with the spray.

Blot the area gain with another clean cloth, and repeat as necessary until the stain disappears. Rinse the spot with clean water afterward.

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6. Brighten Grout Lines

Format: Paste

A simple paste of OxiClean and water can make your kitchen grout look like new again! Use an old toothbrush or small cleaning brush to apply the paste to grimy grout lines.

Give the paste a quick scrub, then let it sit for about 10 minutes. When you’re done, wipe the area clean with a damp cloth.

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7. Clean & Deodorize Garbage Bins

Format: Soak

Both indoor and outdoor garbage bins can get dirty and smelly over time. To clean and freshen it, prepare an OxiClean soak in a bucket and bring it over to your garbage bins.

Dip a cloth or scrub brush into the soak and use it to clean your garbage bins inside and out. Rinse it clean with a hose or in your tub, then allow the bin to air dry completely before using.

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8. Whiten Canvas Shoes

Format: Soak

Restore your dingy white Keds to their former glory with an OxiClean soak! Prepare the soak in a bucket or sink, then soak your shoes in it for 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the soil level.

After soaking, scrub the shoes with a stiff brush to remove the loosened dirt. Rinse well in clean water, then let the shoes air dry for several hours before wearing.

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9. Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Format: Powder

OxiClean is one of the powerhouse cleaning ingredients that makes my homemade laundry detergent so effective! Its stain-fighting and brightening power helps give every load of laundry an extra boost of freshness.

Learn how to make my homemade powdered laundry detergent here.

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10. Clean Your Shower Curtain Liner

Format: Powder

We’ve all run across the issue of nasty buildup on a shower curtain liner. But luckily for us, OxiClean makes it easy to get rid of all that soap scum, mildew, and even that gross orange mystery gunk!

Toss the shower curtain liner in your washing machine, along with one or two bath towels to help protect it. Add a scoop of OxiClean to the washer, then wash on a delicate setting with cool water. Rehang in shower to dry.

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11. Hand Wash Delicates & Accessories

Format: Soak

Accessories like baseball hats and delicate clothing can wind up warped or damaged if you try to clean them in your washing machine. But with the help of an Oxiclean soak and a bit of elbow grease, you can get them safely cleaned up so they look brand new!

To learn how to safely clean your delicates and accessories, read this post.

Bonus Tips For Using OxiClean Safely

  • Use hot water with OxiClean wherever possible, as it helps the powder dissolve more effectively.
  • Wear gloves to when handling OxiClean to prevent your skin from drying out.
  • After cleaning a surface with OxiClean, wipe it down with a damp cloth or sponge to “rinse” away the remaining residue.

Do you have any favorite uses for OxiClean?

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