Oxi-what?(Make your own Oxi-Clean)

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“It’s not clean, unless it’s Oxi-clean.”

Yeah, I guess. It’s also not expensive unless it’s Oxi-clean.  I tried using the product a while back and I have to admit, it did work like gang busters. It was around the time that Sonny Boy was eating lots of different baby foods, so stains were at an all-time high. I needed to use something to get those sweet pea, squash, and carrot stains out of his bibs and onesies.  Oxi-clean really did the trick, but I LOATHED the price. I felt bad using it every time since I saw how much money was being thrown into the washer.

This time around with kiddo number 2( and the crazy stains we have from the vitamins she takes), I needed to figure something else out.  Of course, I turned to my good old friend vinegar. I knew some type of vinegar solution would help and that it wouldn’t cause any types of breakouts on her sensitive skin.  Then, I remembered a middle school science project: the volcano. Remember that? Mix together vinegar and baking soda can make your own cool lava! A vinegar/baking soda solution is a old remedy but is tried and true. I decided to give it a go.

Well, I have to say, it worked wonderfully! I worked with the ratios a bit, and found that 1 part baking soda to 2 parts vinegar worked the best.  I placed all of her stained clothing into the washer, set it on the soak cycle, and once the water was just over the clothes, I placed the vinegar in first then the baking soda. I let the machine “swish” a bit just to get the magic going in the washer, then I turned it off and let the clothes sit for about 15 minutes. I then turned the washer to the spin cycle.  Once that’s all done, I add in the rest of her clothes and proceed to do a regular wash. The soiled clothes not only come out stain-free, but nice and soft(the vinegar is a great substitute for fabric softener). I even tried it on hubby’s grease-stained work clothes and it even worked on that. I’m so happy to have found this out; I guarantee it’s going to save us a bunch!

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  1. 11.4.10
    Colleen said:

    Ooo! Can’t wait to try this!

  2. 11.4.10
    Alex M said:

    Wow! Putting in the stained clothes first and doing a pre-wash. That’s soooo smart!!!

    I like that combo too. And you’re right that mixture sure can fizzle up!!!

  3. 11.4.10

    Awesome idea!! I will have to give it a go on my daughters clothes! Thanks!

  4. 11.6.10
    Sam said:

    I couldn’t look at this from work when I first saw the title, so I googled how to make your own oxi-clean. Apparently mixing hydrogen peroxide with washing soda is the same as the oxi-clean pre-treater.

    But this looks easy too, and I have these items on hand already 🙂

  5. 11.6.10

    Great tip. How much of each did you use. I get the 1 to 2 parts, but not sure if I need to start with 1/4 C, 1/2 C or what of baking powder. Thanks.

  6. 11.6.10
    Precious said:

    Thanks for this recipe!

  7. 11.8.10
    Lucky said:

    I’m going to have to try this. I am a huge fan of Oxiclean, but I wouldn’t mind using something that costs less!