OK…I promised I would share my experience with the homemade OxiClean recipes I found….and I am now sufficiently prepared to do so. :-) I couldn’t bring myself to post about it until I had given it a thorough test. I made my first batch on Saturday. It was kind of a mess. The most common recipe you will find when you Google “Homemade OxiClean” is this one:
Of course, me in my infinite wisdom thought that didn’t seem like very much. So I decided to quadruple the batch! My personality type tends to think….if ONE of something is good…then TEN of something must be much better! :-) Hmmm…might have played a part in my stint in rehab…ya think? lol. Well…that’s another story….for another day.
So I quadrupled the “recipe” and put it in a big mason jar. It immediately separated into what looked like a layer of baking soda on the bottom of the bottle…topped with water. I shook it up REAL good and poured it in a load of laundry. Seemed to work ok. But nothing to write home about.
I wasn’t ready to give up on it though…so, I decided to do a little more research on the subject. While I was waiting for my son’s prescription to be filled at the pharmacy….my Droid and I found some interesting thingsabout “faux” OxiClean:
Most of the recipes out there call for BAKING Soda…but what the ingredient SHOULD be listed as is WASHING Soda. Baking soda will work…but it’s a lot less effective. Washing soda has a pH of 11 (with 7 being neutral), while Baking soda has a pH of around 8.1. That being said….if you are laundering baby diapers…I might stick with the Baking soda…but for normal dirty clothes…I would recommend the WASHING soda.
Another thing I learned is that once mixed together….the hydrogen peroxide and washing soda only remain effective for up to 6 hours. If it sits around, it will loose it’s efficacy because the oxygen boils off. I guess that explains why the original recipe was for such a small amount. :-/ So I basically wasted my “quadruple” batch.
Finally, for maximum effectiveness you need to let the clothes SOAK in the solution for awhile, preferably overnight…but at least for a couple of hours.
Soooooooooo…….all that having been said. I had a MUCH better experience with the homemade OxiClean recipe today! In fact, it isn’t really a “recipe” at all. This morning before work I tossed in 1/2 cup of Washing Soda (already had a box from my detergent-making) and 1/2 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide (I pay .88 cents for a 32 oz bottle) to the load of whites I was washing, along with the homemade laundry detergent I made, and after letting it agitate for awhile…I left the load to soak until lunch time. When I came home for lunch I finished washing the load, threw it in the dryer and tonight when I got home from work I was extremely happy with the results!!!!
The whites I washed were NOTICEABLY whiter and brighter! I thought about posting a picture….but since they were my “delicates”, you’re just going to have to take my word for it! :-) Or better yet……TRY IT YOURSELF! I can’t wait to hear what your results are!