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Old 01-19-2008, 05:02 PM   #1
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Hi,

I've been using Oxyclean Miracle Foam (which we found in the kitchen cupboard) to clean everything for my brewing and it's worked very well. But the container is nearly empty and I need to stock up.

Well, I've now been to a drugstore, a grocery store and Target, and no-one seems to have this miracle foam stuff. What kind of Oxyclean do fans use? I can only find it in the laundry aisle (Oxyclean Verstatile or Versatile free). When I searched HBT I found a couple of references to that kind but the sticky refers to "an industrial version" of Oxyclean.

Can someone clean this up for me?

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Old 01-19-2008, 05:06 PM   #2
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I use a tub of the Versatile Free stuff. I don't want any perfumes or dyes messing with my brew. The stuff is phenomenal at cleaning brewing equipment!

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Cool - that's the stuff that's in the laundry aisle and talks about using it to clean decks and carpets and stuff?

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I like OxyClean Free, which is unscented and has no chlorines in it. You can buy it in big tubs at WalMart really cheap.

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I use versatile free, and buy the biggest tub I can find.

The stuff is amazing.

I can't believe how useful this stuff is, and how it makes cleanup so easy. Right now both my bottling bucket and my primary are bubbling away with it. And my autosiphon is running through it to clean that out.

Oh...I had a boilover a couple of batches back and the metal stove ring was deeply coated with baked on sticky sugar. I popped it into a bucket with the magic powder, came back in 24 hours and cleaned up 90 percent of the gunk. Then I mixed up another bucket of fresh oxy in hot water, and left soaking another 24 hours....

You'd never be able to tell it was coated in sticky burning sugar.!

Oh another handy tool is the "magic eraser."



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I use whatever store brand generic I find on sale...

This is almost as amazing as oxyclean.... It's what I used on the stovetop for the boilover, made the stovetop look brand new, as well as the wall behind the stove which got a few broun drops on it. It also does great to get the last bit of sticky glue off the bottles after oxyclean has soaked the labels off. It's definitely a good addition to the cleanup gear.

I also hotglued 2 of them to a cheap dollarstore mop, and it is amazing on my kitcen and bathroom floors.

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If you search, you'll find a post indicating that the primary active ingredient is called "Sodium Percarbonate". Hence this line of "Oxygen Cleaners" being dubbed "Percarbonate Cleaners". I did a little research and found out the cheap stuff at wall mart is almost exactly the same as the -twice the money- OXYCLEAN branded cleaners. (you can check out there websites and compare the data reports). The cheap stuff is labeled as "Sun Oxygen Cleaner". I've used it for about 6 batches now, and I've not noticed a difference in performance. Its also been suggested that you can order the active ingredient (percarbonate) from chemical supply stores and use that, but Ive not tried it.

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Oh yeah, and you'll also find that the higher end brew specific cleaners PBW and UBW are both predominately percarbonate, but I'm sure there are additional detergents that increase effectiveness.

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If you search, you'll find a post indicating that the primary active ingredient is called "Sodium Percarbonate". Hence this line of "Oxygen Cleaners" being dubbed "Percarbonate Cleaners". I did a little research and found out the cheap stuff at wall mart is almost exactly the same as the -twice the money- OXYCLEAN branded cleaners. (you can check out there websites and compare the data reports). The cheap stuff is labeled as "Sun Oxygen Cleaner". I've used it for about 6 batches now, and I've not noticed a difference in performance. Its also been suggested that you can order the active ingredient (percarbonate) from chemical supply stores and use that, but Ive not tried it.

Thanks for the research and the tip...I'll go for the generic when this tub runs out.
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Its also been suggested that you can order the active ingredient (percarbonate) from chemical supply stores and use that, but Ive not tried it.
I order straight sodium percarbonate - did it before I started brewing for other reasons, but it also works GREAT for everything that people say to use oxyclean for, only I use a lot less.
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Checked CVS, Walgreen's and cannot find the Oxyclean "Free"...!

Am I left to go to WalMart, or are there other options (beside getting the percarbonate somewhere)?

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