Since I’ve been cleaning professionally, I’ve had a love affair with OxiClean. It just works! You put it in your laundry and your clothes come out without stains. But did you know you can also use OxiClean around the house to do other cleaning tasks? Let’s take a look at 15 ways you can use OxiClean around the house outside of the laundry room – some OxiClean hacks!
Before we get started
To make sure OxiClean works properly, follow these three tips.
Make sure you always use hot water to mix your solutions so that the product can dissolve completely. If you need to use the solution for something that requires cold water, that’s fine, whisk the solution and then let it cool.
Make sure the surface you are treating is always wet. In other words, be generous with your application of OxiClean. You don’t want the solution to dry on the surface.
Mix your solutions as needed – make just enough to clean, and don’t store it for later use.
Our three recipes
There are three different ways you can mix OxiClean when using it outside the laundry room.
- Concentrate – 1 tablespoon of OxiClean to 2 tablespoons of water.
- Soak – 1/2 cup OxiClean to one gallon of water
- Spot cleaner – 1 tablespoon OxiClean to 1 cup water
Greasy range hood filters (soak)
To clean your greasy range hood filters, simply bring a kettle full of water to a boil and add one scoop of OxiClean to a bucket. Add a pint of hot water and mix well. Take your filter out of the exhaust compartment and just dip it into the bucket filled with the solution. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then turn it over. After 10 minutes it was so clean – it was amazing! Just rinse it well and lay it flat to dry.
Running Shoes (Spot Clean)
Before you start, always check the care label and the website of the manufacturer of the running shoe in question to make sure you can use an oxygen-based cleaner. Chad’s shoes were in bad shape, completely covered with salt stains, and I knew I could use OxiClean on them. So I mixed up my solution, grabbed a cleaning toothbrush and went to work, using circular motions. I cleaned all the affected areas, ran them under water and left them to dry. They came out perfectly clean.
Upholstery Stains (Spot Clean)
No matter what type of stain you find on your upholstery, as long as you test this product on a hidden area first, you should be able to get the stain out by using the spot clean solution and then treating the same surface with a little water to remove the excess and blotting it with a paper towel. I have had great success with this.
Toilet, bathtub and tiles (concentrate)
OxiClean really does everything right in the bathroom. Whip up your concentrate solution and apply liberally to the affected areas. I often use it on the grout lines and in the area where the toilet meets the floor. I apply it liberally with a cleaning toothbrush, let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then wipe it up with clean water and a paper towel. If necessary, you can reapply and scrub the particularly dirty areas with a cleaning toothbrush.
Shower curtains (soak)
Speaking of crusty things in the bathroom, you may have noticed unsightly buildup on the inside of your shower curtain – the plastic. You can get rid of that soap scum, mold, or even the pinkish-orange stuff with a simple OxiClean soak. Simply remove the liner, make the soaking solution in your tub, and throw in the curtain. Let the liner soak for 10 to 15 minutes, then take your gloves and gently rub the curtain together to remove any stubborn stains. Finally, rinse it well and hang it to dry.
Kitchen tiles (concentrate)
The concentrate also works great on the grout lines of kitchen tiles that get a lot of wear and tear from spills, messes and everything in between. Simply apply the concentrate to the grout lines and let it sit for 15 minutes. Usually, you won’t even need to scrub. Finally, simply wipe away the solution with a damp rag or paper towel and watch the grout look like new.
Children’s plastic toys (soak)
Riley’s toys have been a little gross lately because she’s been sick. So I filled the sink with hot water and added a spoonful of OxiClean baby product – which is odorless, so I really love it for this application. Then I put toys in that were safe to soak (anything plastic, so no batteries or anything else), I just dropped them in and let them soak for about 5 to 10 minutes. Swish it around with your hand and then rinse well.
Pet stains and odors (concentrate)
Anywhere you have a pet stain or odor, you can try OxiClean. My cat carrier often needs some TLC, so I just apply the product with a sponge, let it sit for 10 minutes, rinse with clean water, then dry with a paper towel.
Patio & Deck (Spot Clean)
If you notice your patio or balcony has dark spots, it probably means mold or mildew is at play – OxiClean is the solution. Simply mix your spot cleaning solution in a spray bottle and spray the affected areas liberally. You really want to get the areas nice and wet. Let the solution sit for about 30 minutes and add more liquid when it starts to dry out. Next, take a deck brush or a brush with a bow handle and scrub the areas thoroughly. If you want it a little wetter, you can spray on more of the solution. Finally, rinse the areas thoroughly with clean water from a garden hose.
Trash can (soak)
I don’t know about you, but my recycling and organic garbage cans get stinky over time. You get spills, sweaty organic residue, and even a few stains lying around. I just fill the bins with a spoonful of OxiClean and top it off with water. This was super easy because I can make everything happen right in the buckets themselves. After about 10 minutes, I scrub down all the crevices with a cleaning toothbrush to remove any stuck stains or other dirt that may have gotten trapped in there. This particular application also eliminates odors, which is amazing since these totes really tend to stink.
Baby Carrier (Spot Clean)
If you need to clean your baby carrier in place, take some OxiClean baby product and simply make your spot clean solution. Use a cleaning toothbrush to apply it to the affected surface. I use this often to clean harnesses and it works like a charm. Rinse the area with a damp microfiber cloth to make sure the product is completely removed.
Bathroom sink (concentrate)
The bathroom sink, especially a porcelain sink, can become quite unsightly over time. You will see a lot of discoloration around the drain and overflow hole. Just apply the concentrate solution to both areas, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub it with a cleaning toothbrush. You’ll see all sorts of junk come out of there! Finally, rinse thoroughly with a microfiber cloth and polish.
Carpet stains (stain cleaner)
For carpet stains, remove as much of the stain as possible by blotting it with a paper towel. Once that’s done, apply the stain cleaner with a cleaning toothbrush and let it sit for a few minutes. Use some clean water, apply it with the cleaning toothbrush and then blot it with a paper towel. If there is still product residue, you can repeat this process with clean water and a paper towel until there is no product left.