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Is Oxiclean earth-friendly and safe for the environment?
Yes. Oxiclean is odorless, contains no toxic chemicals, cleaning solvents, or harmful abrasives. It will not harm our lakes, streams, plants or trees. After use, it breaks down into water, oxygen, and soda ash. There are no toxic fumes and it is much safer than other household cleaning products.
Can I use it on silk or wood?
No. Do not use oxiclean on wool or silk.
Is oxiclean safe to use in my septic tank?
The only by products of oxiclean are oxygen, water, and soda ash. These natural elements do not harm the home or the environment. By the time the oxiclean mixture gets into a septic tank, most of the oxygen has already been released into the air. Any oxygen left over will not hurt the bacteria in an anaerobic septic system.
What kind of stains does it remove?
Oxiclean works extremely well on organic stains like wine, food, pet messes and more! Check out our oxi clean tips and usage guidelines page for more information on how you can use it to clean stains.
Can I use it with Chlorine Bleach?
No! Oxiclean is a bleach alternative and works by itself. Do not mix it with bleach as they will neutralize each other and can create dangerous gases and heat. If mixed in a poorly ventilated room, breathing the fumes created by this mixture can be fatal.
Is there a difference between oxiclean (with an "i") and Oxy Clean (with a "y")? Why is there a difference in spelling? Are they the same thing?
There is no difference between oxiclean (with an "i") and Oxy Clean (with a "y"). There is no separate product named "Oxy Clean" and another named "oxiclean". It is the exact same thing. It is just plain ol' oxiclean.
The correct spelling for the product is "oxiclean". Sometimes it is spelt differently because most folks forget how to properly spell it. Being that the oxiclean is powered by Oxygen (O2) some folks spell it "Oxy Clean". On our site we use both spellings - the correct one with an "i" and the incorrect one with a "y". We do this in order to have folks find us when they do a search using either of the words.
Is it ok to use on my colored clothing?
Yes. The cleaner is color safe. It is much safer for colored fabrics than chlorine bleach and can help increase the life span of your clothes. However, not all clothes are colorfast. You should test for colorfastness before applying.
What water temperature should I use when mixing oxiclean?
You should always mix oxiclean in hot (not boiling) water to completely dissolve and release all of the cleaning power of the crystals. Oxiclean will work in cold water, but takes longer to activate than in hot water.
Can I let it stand on a soiled area over time?
Yes, it's OK to allow oxiclean to stand on a soiled area. However, it is best to wipe soiled areas clean before oxiclean solution has dried completely as it stops working when it dries out.
Does it neutralize odors?
Yes. Oxiclean deodorizes and works to neutralize odor causing substances.
Why won't the oxiclean crystals dissolve?
The water is probably not hot enough. oxiclean dissolves better with very hot water (not boiling).
Who makes Oxiclean?
Oxiclean is made by the good folks over at Orange Glo International.
What's in Oxiclean? What are the ingredients?
Uh, why do you ask? Are you a mad scientist? -- Just kidding! The main ingredients are sodium percarbonate, soda ash and some cute little blue grains. We don't know what the blue grains are. We do know it's patented - so it's seems like it's a secret for now.
Where can I buy oxiclean?
As with any product, be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions for best results.
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