OxiClean (sometimes mistakenly spelled Oxy Clean or Oxi Clean) is a cleaning powder activated by water that uses oxygen and soda ash to remove stains.
How OxiClean Removes Stains
- OxiClean is comprised of sodium percarbonate (Na2CO3·1.5H2O2) and sodium carbonate (Na2CO3). Sodium percarbonate (or peroxyhydrated carbonate of soda) is essentially a solid form of hydrogen peroxide. It releases oxygen upon contact with water to eliminate and deodorize organic stains. Sodium carbonate is also known as washing soda or soda ash. It breaks down alcohol and grease-based stains, and it kills mold. Sodium carbonate is made from baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate) by heating it.