An oxygen cleaner, also sometimes called oxygen bleach, is a popular product that uses oxygen bubbles to lift stains and clean. This type of product is generally non-toxic and more environmentally friendly than traditional household cleaners that use chemicals such as ammonia or bleach. Most reviewers say that these cleaners are surprisingly powerful and successful at removing stains, though it may take a little longer to do so than traditional cleaners.
These cleaning produces generally use one of three possible active ingredients: hydrogen peroxide, sodium percarbonate, or sodium perborate. Hydrogen peroxide is a liquid, but the others are powders; this is why consumers can find both powdered and liquid versions. Shoppers can find oxygen cleaners to perform just about any cleaning task in their household, including laundry detergents, carpet cleaners, stain removers, dishwashing detergent, glass cleaners, general household cleaners, and even outdoor cleaners for the deck or patio.
The oxygen cleaner is applied and rubbed in, causing the oxygen bubbles to essentially "effervesce" and release. One benefit to this type of cleaning product is its versatility, since one or two types of oxygenated cleansers may be used for a wide variety of household tasks. This cuts down on waste and also saves money. Most eco-friendly cleaners come in recyclable bottles.
People can make their own oxygen cleaners with a little effort, too. Mixing one part baking soda, one part hydrogen peroxide, and two parts hot water can help remove stains from clothing. This mixture should not be used on silk or wool, as it can damage the fabric.
It is especially important to follow directions when using an oxygen cleaner. Using too much or leaving it on the stain for too long can damage fabrics and carpeting, potentially voiding any manufacturer's warranty on the carpet. Often, less is more with these products, and doubling up the amount called for will produce disastrous results. When used properly, this type of cleaner is especially successful on typically hard-to-remove stains, such as blood and pet stains.
Oxygen cleaners are relatively easy to find in stores due to a recent resurgence in popularity. They may be purchased in a powdered or liquid form, which needs to be diluted, or in a ready-to-apply mixture. Many consumers have also seen infomercials selling these products. While they can be more expensive than traditional cleaners, they may provide people peace of mind to know that they are not toxic to people, animals, or plants.