Oxyclean In The Washer-Is That Right? & How To Use It?

Last Updated on November 14, 2021 by

Oxyclean in the washer is OKAY and can be used in the same way as other detergents. You can use it to soak your clothes no matter the color or clean other surfaces and materials. Oxyclean can be put in the washer the same way as all other detergents; what might differ is the quantity you have to use.

Oxyclean is an oxygen-based bleaching product. It can be used to clean a wide array of items around the house. Unlike other bleach detergents, i.e., chlorine-based detergents, Oxyclean has oxygen ions which it uses to safely clean and brighten clothes and other items around the house without the risk of damaging them. Oxyclean has enough cleaning power to be used alone in the washing machine without mixing it with other detergents to improve its effectiveness.

How Is Oxyclean Used?

The steps to follow when using Oxyclean in a washing machine are as follows:

Step 1:Pre-Treating Your Laundry 

First and foremost, you have to pre-treat your laundry with an Oxyclean stain lifter. All items you might need to use together with Oxyclean are available in powder, spray form, and stain sticks at your local supermarket. The powder can be worked into the stain with damp fingers. Spraying can also be done to saturate the stain heavily, and the stain stick can be massaged onto the stain. After that, let the treatment sit and penetrate the stain for about thirty (30) minutes before washing.

Step 2: Turn On And Set Your Washing Machine Accordingly

Turn on the washing machine, and set your regular load size and recommended water temperatures. If you plan to wash a load of towels or other heavy items, choose a large load size. Warm water is typically the safe temperature setting, but use cold water if indicated in the wash instructions tag on your clothing. 

Step 3: Pour The Right Portion Of Oxyclean 

Pour in the approved portion of Oxyclean as instructed on the bottle. For large loads, use one cupful of the cleaner, while for small and medium loads, use about half a cupful.

Step 4: Put Your Load In The Washing Machine 

Place your load in the washing machine when the water fills up to about three inches high. Let the washing machine complete the wash cycle. Dry the items as you would while using any other stain remover. Oxyclean works as both a cleaner and stain lifter, allowing you to clean the laundry without using any other cleaning detergents quickly.

How To Use Oxyclean In Front Load Washers

For some washers, the steps to be followed may differ. Below is an explanation of how to use it on different kinds of washers.

Front-Load Washers

Front-load washers are energy-efficient versions of top-loading washers. Oxyclean is a new product that is becoming popular because of its prowess in cleaning clothes. However, many people are enquiring how to use Oxyclean in front-load washers because irregular use can permanently damage your clothes.

Front Load Washer With External Dispenser

Step 1

Load the machine with your laundry as you normally would on your normal washer. Choose the cleaning cycle best for that specific laundry load.

Step 2

Start the front load washer. Add a pre-dissolved solution of one cup Oxyclean and two cups of water to the external dispenser.

Step 3

Boost the cleaning power of Oxyclean by running the machine on hot or warm water, if possible. Pre-treat or pre-soak tough stains on laundry with Oxyclean while following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Front Load Washer Without External Dispenser

Step 1

Mix one cup of Oxyclean detergent booster with your powdered detergent. After that, load your laundry into your front load washer.

Step 2

Choose the most appropriate laundry cleaning cycle for the laundry load and start your front load washer.

Step 3

Add the premixed OxyClean detergent booster and the recommended amount of powdered laundry detergent to the front load washer during the duration of the washing cycle recommended by the washer’s manufacturer.

Front Load Washer Using Liquid Detergent

Step 1

Premix one cup of Oxyclean and two cups of water. Pour premixed cleaning solution into the bleach dispenser.

Step 2

Load laundry into the front load washer. Choose wash cycle, then add the liquid laundry detergent, and start the washer.

Other, Around-The-House Uses For Oxyclean

Laundry is not the only beneficiary of the magic of Oxyclean. You can mix a solution of the powder or use a spray when cleaning grout. Or, you can use it on carpets and rugs. A bucket and a kettle full of hot water help clean those greasy hood filters. A five-minute dunking renders them clean and ready to use again. 

You can also dip shower curtains into a tub of water mixed with Oxyclean and soak them for 15 minutes to remove mold and soap scum. 

You can also clean a baby toy, mold, and food stains on your outdoor deck, smelly garbage bins, baby strollers, and the kitchen and bathroom sink with Oxyclean. A solution can be made and sprayed on the grout around a sink, and a cupful of the solution can be poured down the drain to freshen it up.

How To Store And Use Oxyclean

Do Not Store Oxyclean In Humid Or Damp Conditions.

If moisture gets into your container of Oxyclean, it will end up turning it into a solid brick, which will not be scooped. This is especially common when you keep Oxyclean that came packaged in a cardboard box in the same package for a long time. To avoid the inconvenience of having to break your Oxyclean up into a smaller usable form, be sure to keep it in a sealed container. Transfer it from the cardboard for safe storage. 

Do Not Use It Without Testing It Out

Oxyclean can lift stains from different garments, but it can work a little too well. If you are cleaning a small portion of generally dirty clothing or carpet, the section you are cleaning could end up looking different when compared to the surrounding areas. Testing on unnoticeable areas can be essential in making sure Oxyclean won’t react negatively to your fabric.

Do Not Store In A Bottle After You Have Made A Sprayable Solution

Oxyclean can be mixed and sprayed for certain surfaces, but don’t keep the solution around after using it. According to the product page on Amazon, “The solutions should not be stored for more than five to six hours, as the pressure can build up and the container may explode, causing injury.”

Do Not Mix Oxyclean With Other Cleaning Chemicals

Some chemicals should not be kept around Oxyclean. This includes ammonia, chlorine bleach, and other household chemicals.

N/B: If you aren’t 100 percent sure that any two or more chemicals can be mixed, don’t mix. If it is stated otherwise on the products instruction manual, you can mix them.

Do Not Give Up iI Your First Soak In Oxyclean Is Not Successful

Some stains require repeated or longer treatments. Try, try and try again. Rinse the fabric or surface with clean water, then try another Oxyclean soak and see if the stain improves.

Do Not Dry Oxyclean-Soaked Items Without Rinsing Or Washing First

Do not put clothes or other garments that have been soaked in Oxyclean in the dryer without thoroughly rinsing them first. A run through the washer after soaking takes care of this small issue.

Do Not Soak Metals In Oxyclean

You can use Oxyclean to clean some metals, but if you do, rinse them immediately. Soaking metal in an Oxyclean solution could corrode or damage the material. That also means you should avoid using metal bowls or containers to mix or apply Oxyclean to other things.

Do Not Use It To Clean Rust

Oxyclean is not recommended for use on rusty surfaces as oxygen is a major ingredient in Oxyclean, a major contributor to rust. It is better to use other rust remover products to eliminate the rust from metals and rust stains from fabrics.

Do Not Use Oxyclean Without Any Protective Wear

Wear gloves when cleaning with Oxyclean to avoid prolonged contact with your bare skin. It is advisable always to protect your skin as it can easily be damaged by bleach and other corrosive cleaning substances.

Do Not Use More Than Directed

Using more Oxyclean than you need to could result in color loss for your clothes and fabrics. More does not always equal quicker results.

Do Not Use Oxyclean For All Materials.

Oxyclean manufacturer suggests that it should not be used on the following fabrics: wool, wool blends, silk, silk blends, leather, or on fabrics labeled dry clean only. Also, Oxyclean should not be used to clean: jewelry, latex paints, woven baskets, unpainted wicker, jute, teak, or finished woods materials and surfaces. 

Final Thoughts

Oxyclean is a good all-around stain remover that can be used on multiple surfaces. Its usage is not very different from other bleach detergents, and you can easily find it in your local supermarket. When compared to other similar detergents, it comes out on top as an easy and effective stain remover. Plus, you can comfortably use Oxyclean in any washer, provided you follow washing instructions on your clothing tags. 

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