Things You'll Need
OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder
White distilled vinegar
OxiClean, available in regular and unscented varieties, is an oxygen-based stain remover suitable for many household uses. The active ingredient, sodium percarbonate, is a type of hydrogen peroxide which bubbles in contact with water. OxiClean is noted for its stain-removing powers. When dealing with a greasy stain, you may want to add white, distilled vinegar, popular for its ability cut through oily substances. Mixing OxiClean and vinegar provides you with a dual purpose cleaner useful in a variety of situations.
For household cleaning such as scrubbing tubs and counter tops, mix one scoop of OxiClean with enough vinegar to form a paste for stains that require scrubbing. The graininess of the OxiClean will act as a scouring powder, and the vinegar will cut through grease or soap scum. Add a bit of water and continue scrubbing. Rinse area until all remnants of the OxiClean are gone.
For mopping or washing walls, combine one cup of vinegar with one scoop of OxiClean in a bucket. Add two quarts of water to dilute. Stir well to dissolve all traces of OxiClean.
For laundry treatment, mix one cup of vinegar with one scoop of OxiClean. Run water into the washing machine and add OxiClean vinegar mixture before placing clothes in.
For cleaning carpets, combine one cup of vinegar, one scoop of OxiClean and two quarts of hot water. Mix well, and fill the carpet cleaning machine. Use the carpet cleaner as usual.
Always mix OxiClean and vinegar in a container with a wide mouth. The bubbling effect of the sodium percarbonate is not suitable for use in a bottle. When using on colorfast items, test a small hidden piece to ensure that the OxiClean does not bleach or fade the color.
Amie Taylor has been a writer since 2000. Book reviews, gardening and outdoor lawn equipment repair articles and short fiction account for a handful of her published works. Taylor gained her gardening and outdoor equipment repair experience from working in the landscaping and lawn-care business she and her husband own and operate.