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About that whole homemade Oxi-clean vs. dollar store Oxi-clean thing…

Remember how I tried making my own oxi-clean this summer? And remember how fabulously it worked on underarm stains?

oxi clean before and after armpit stain

(I know. This is such a fun topic, isn’t it? Sweat and armpits are where it’s at!)

Well, in the discussion on that post, it was pointed out that you can get super cheap oxygen cleaner at dollar stores, and the price of that stuff beats the homemade stuff any day.

dollar store oxy clean

So, I went out and bought myself a container, but I couldn’t really test it right away because I’d already gone on an oxi-cleaning-the-underarms-of-all-the-shirts spree.

(Try not to be jealous of my super-exciting life, mmkay?)

Anyway, after a summer of wear, some of my previously clean shirts were needing another deep clean, and I discovered that some of my winter shirts could really use some help as well.

I cracked open my container of dollar store oxi-clean, dissolved a scoop in a small amount of warm water, and poured it on the underarms of the shirts. After a good long soak, I laundered them and I have to say, I was kind of disappointed in the results.

I mean, the shirts were cleaner than they were before, but this stuff wasn’t nearly as good at removing odors as the homemade version was, and it also was less effective at removing deodorant/sweat stains.

So, I made up a batch of the homemade stuff, poured it on the offending areas, let them sit overnight, laundered them, and tada! They’re clean and stink-free.

homemade oxi clean vs. dollar store oxi clean

Now, I don’t know…maybe this dollar store oxi-clean is pretty good at removing other kinds of stains or at whitening laundry, so I’ll keep it around and give it a try on other laundry issues.

But when it comes to the underarms of shirts, I’m gonna stick with the homemade stuff.


P.S. Food Waste Friday is over at Simply Being Mum today.

P.P.S. The $15, 15-ebook bundle sale is over tomorrow, so if you were wanting to buy one, go get it today. Or tomorrow. But not Sunday.

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Deanna Kennedy

Saturday 16th of June 2018

Just wondering, do you scrub it in to the stains or just pour it over and let it soak? Also, did you add water to the bucket after pouring oxi on the clothes, so the garments are submerged while soaking?


Sunday 17th of June 2018

I didn't do a whole lot of scrubbing...mostly just poured it on, gave it a little scrub with an old toothbrush, and let it sit. And I didn't add any water. Just the oxi clean mixture! So, your fabric will not be completely soaked. Just the parts you put the mixture on will be wet.

Deanna Kennedy

Saturday 16th of June 2018

Also, do you use hot or cold water?


Sunday 20th of October 2013

I tried the Dollar Store oxi clean also and was totally unimpressed. Then I got the real stuff and was equally unimpressed. I know people who don't use any spot treatment but put a scoop of oxi clean in every load and swear by it. I certainly didn't have that luck. Maybe it's our water?


Saturday 19th of October 2013

Also, I love the homemade Oxy Clean. Very simple.


Saturday 19th of October 2013

We purchase Oxygen Pro. It's a generic version of Oxy Clean that is much cheaper than the brand name. I get it at Von's, our neighborhood grocery store. Is the LA's Awesome brand just as good? Thanks.


Friday 18th of October 2013

I need to make another batch of the homemade recipe too. I used it on about 5 different shirts the first time around and it worked great. I wish I knew about it years ago before tossing so many shirts. I also learned that the stains (brown yellowish color) are usually not sweat stains but, the chemicals from the deodorant. I watched a youtube video where someone had the same problem and then switched to a natural crystal deodorant and never had the problem again.

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