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Cleaing with Oxiclean

Submitted by: Personal Experience on March 28th, 2004

Oxiclean is good for cleaning glass and plastic. However, don't leave anything aluminum or steel sitting in it for more than ten minutes as the oxygen in the cleaner will oxidize (rust/tarnish) the metal. Aluminum will turn black and steel will rust.


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Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Mar 30th 2004, 05:04 pm
Interesting...I've left it in cornies (stainless stell) overnight without problems. I think you should avoid using it on AL altogether, though.
Comment by: DConn reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Apr 1st 2004, 04:37 am
Is this the same Oxiclean you can get at Home Depot in the big canisters cheap? Is this stuff pretty much the same as One Step?
Comment by: danielbholmes reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Apr 1st 2004, 07:56 pm
One Step is a cleaner AND sanitizer. Oxiclean is a cleaner only, but it's the same idea. It's basically the same as PBW. And, yes, it's the stuff you find at big box discounters.
Comment by: DConn reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Apr 8th 2004, 10:23 pm
Oxiclean does have sanitizing abilities. Oxiclean consists of Sodium Percarbonate and and Sodium Silicate. Sodium Percarbonate when mixed with water is an oxidizer. Since oxiclean contains Sodium Silicate and fragrance you do need to rinse it. If you want to find out the active ingredient in one step (most likely Sodium Percarbonate with out the sodium silicate) you can request the MSDS from the company. A while back Cosco sold their store brand of oxiclean and I requested a MSDS. The MSDS listed the active ingredients as either Sodium Perborate and/or Sodium Percarbonate and Sodium Silicate. The cleaner was not effective as Oxiclean, so I suspect it contained Sodium Perborate, which I read is not as effective as Sodium Percarbonate. Kaz
Comment by: Anonymous Brewer reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Apr 12th 2004, 04:09 pm
Yeah, my informal tests indicate that Oxiclean does indeed sanitize, but I'd rather follow it up with Iodophor just to be safe.
Comment by: DConn reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Apr 19th 2004, 04:41 am
There is also something called OxyBoost. It is a stronger version of Oxyclean with out all the extra crap. According to the maker it should sanitize and should not need rinsing (but I will leave that to someone else to dis/prove).
Comment by: amatbrewer reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean May 3rd 2004, 07:58 am
i have been researching a tad on therabreath products, and they use some chloro something or rather chemical that u swish in ur mouth to rid urself of horrible bad breath, like i have, i basically figured out that it formed oxygen somehow, and i was wondering if u can suggest a cheaper alternative of some ingredients i could purchase from the supermarket or something per se, that i could safely use in my mouth to get rid of my bad breath. any ideas, thanks.
Comment by: weird last resort before serious action reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Jul 21st 2004, 10:38 pm
What the hell.
Comment by: Anonymous Brewer reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Jul 22nd 2004, 01:20 pm
One would think that stainless steel would be passivated rather than rusted.
Comment by: Charles reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Aug 27th 2004, 05:21 pm
passivation is a process of removing free iron from the surface of Stainless steel by an acid (nitric or citric). A stainless vessel that has not been passivated ever or recently will exhibit some rust spots due to free surface iron. A passivated vessel can exhibit rust spots if contaminated by contact with ferrous utensils or high iron water.
Comment by: Wilypig reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Aug 1st 2004, 05:26 pm
What the smack? Weirdest tip thread I've ever seen...

To the dude with raging halitosis: swish around with hydrogen peroxide. Don't swallow!

Comment by: Ziggy reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Dec 25th 2005, 09:36 pm
No, by all means swallow. Then repeat the process three or four times.
Comment by: BigDaddyDK reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Aug 29th 2004, 05:18 pm
This is a bit late but I recently scorched the bottom of my converted keg.
I poured about a gallon of water in and some oxyclean(didn't measure) and left it for a week. All I had to do was rinse it out,it completely removed the scorch without any damage to the keg. Had I read that it might do damage I probably would not have done it,however it seems to have worked quite well.
Comment by: capmskeezix reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Sep 13th 2004, 02:37 pm
Stainless is impervios to damage by Oxyclean, but if a mild steel item is in the solution with the stainless, it could poosibly show some signs of oxidation. This oxidation is superficial, and could easily be scrubbed off with a standard scrubby sponge. The trick is to aviod mild steel altogether (including untensils). Oxyclean seems to work as well as b-brite. As far as the sanitizing of the oxyclean is concerned, I haven't had beer in the keg long enough to find any problems.
Comment by: casey warner reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Sep 15th 2004, 05:41 am
The one step people told me that they use Sodium Percarbonate (main ingredient)and Sodium Silicate as a filler. They said that oxyclean uses Sodium Percarbonate and soda ash as a filler.
Sodium Silicate is more expensive than soda ash and safer to use for homebrewing. Makes sense.
Comment by: Forrest reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Sep 21st 2004, 11:28 pm
OK, so I gotta ask...why is sodium silicate safer than soda ash?
Comment by: DConn reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Sep 29th 2004, 08:13 pm
Here is some info on cleaners. I was looking to make my own cleaner by purchasing the raw materials. The container of Oxyclean I recently purchased is different than the other stuff and I think they now add fragrance.

Comment by: Kaz reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Jun 1st 2005, 10:32 pm

This is my first visit, nice site!

I have been brewing about 8 years, and have worked in the dairy industry the past 15 years. The use of oxygen to clean stainless steel milk tanks is currently being experimented with where I live. Hydrogen peroxide is used cold at a concentration of 30%, (drug store peroxide is 3%, hair salon peroxide is about 10%), and it effectively cleans and sanitzes the tanks very well. An idophor rinse is used, but not truly nessesary, as peroxide has a half life of about twenty minutes, leaving water and oxygen. I've yet to try it at home, but if you can get industrial food grade peroxide just remember - at that concentration, peroxide is VERY dangerous! If you use gloves, mask and apron it can be handled safely. Perhaps a bit of overkill for home brewing, but if you want to really clean something, it'll do it.

Comment by: Mad Mike reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Sep 27th 2005, 08:41 pm
I can't believe this. It tells me nothing! Get more info!
Comment by: Dana reply to comment
Re: Cleaing with Oxiclean Jan 16th 2006, 04:22 pm
My limited understanding of sodium percarbonate is that when it goes into solution it adds oxygen...you get hydrogen peroxide, and sodium carbonate in solution. The peroxide will bleach and sanitize etc.

The sodium carbonate (soda ash) will raise the PH of the solution and help the cleansing process by neutralizing acid soils. It is added to a lot of detergents.

Some of the oxygen cleaners use it as the fill or buffer, some use sodium silicate. In heavy concentrations they should both be rinsed, but in light solutions (like One-step) they need not be...the Peroxide will do it's thing and make water.

The soda ash can soften the water, by adding carbonates to it, which can react with oxygen and Calcium or Magnesium. Sodium carbonate adds carbonates and bicarbonates (HCO3) and sodium to your solution. These bicarbonates are a strong buffer, raising the PH, and neutralizing any acids produced, they are the "total alkalinity" and are an important consideration for mashing etc.

The sodium silicate goes into solution as sodium and silica, both of which are indistinguishable from naturally occuring elements in water. The silicate helps buffer high PH solutions and helps keep soil particles in suspension, which enhace any detergency in the solution.

All told, I think you should go with sodium percarbonate and sodium silicate. You get the benefit of the added silica in your detergency, and less added carbonate than when soda ash is used as a buffer. Just buy the One Step for a no-rinse application all the tech work has been done for you. For general cleaning any oxygen cleaner will work as long as you rinse well (try to find one without perfumes)...

Just my 2 cents....you can get all this info and more online at chemical companies' websites and looking at their datasheets, MSDS, and marketing literature.

Comment by: jeff reply to comment