We go through Shout like crazy. Something about three, busy, active, on-the-go children who seem to think it’s their God-given duty to find new and creative ways to get stains on their clothing each hour of the day.
I invested in a big bulk box of Shout almost two years ago using my Amazon giftcards from Swagbucks to pay for it. We’re nearing the end of that bulk purchase and I’ve been surveying my options.
So this Homemade Oxiclean jumped off the page at me. Maybe this would be the answer to my stain-fighting problems?
I had all the ingredients on hand already so I knew I at least had to try it and find out. The worst thing that could happen would be for it to flop and not work.
Homemade Oxiclean Recipe
1 cup water
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup washing soda*
Mix all ingredients together and store in a dark spray bottle. (Hydrogen peroxide loses its effectiveness if stored in a light container. I have mine in a yogurt container for now, and plan to check the dollar store for a dark spray bottle in the next few days.)
To use: Spray on soiled laundry and let it sit overnight. Or, if you have a number of clothes that are soiled, you make up a batch of this and soak them in it overnight. Then, launder as usual.
The jury’s still out on whether or not this will replace my incessant use of Shout, but I’m really hopeful that I’m going to be duly impressed with it over the next few weeks as it was very simple and inexpensive to make.
*Many recipes online call for baking soda instead of washing soda. While this might work, from the research I did supposedly the chemical properties of washing soda are more accurately suited to getting stains out. Or something.
Don’t ask me to try and explain chemistry stuff because I’m pretty much clueless about all the formulas and anything that has words I can’t pronounce. But I’m hoping maybe some of the chemists here could better explain why you should use washing soda instead of baking soda.