How do I use Oxygen Brightener around the house?

While Oxygen Brightener is most commonly used in the laundry room, it can also be used with coffee mugs, grout, etc.

Just how much Oxygen Brightener should you use? Well, that depends on how you are choosing to use it.

There are two common methods to consider when using Oxygen Brightener outside of the laundry room:

Paste – Usually created with a 1:1 ratio. For example, 1 tbsp. of Oxygen Brightener mixed with 1 tbsp. of water.

Soak – Some items are best left to soak in an Oxygen Brightener solution. Create using ¼ cup of Oxygen Brightener to 1 gallon of water. Or, for smaller items 1 tbsp. of Oxygen Brightener for every 5 cups of water. 

Just soaking a cloth paper towel? Try 1 tsp. for 2 cups of water.

4 Tips for Best Results

  • Use hot or warm water to dissolve the Oxygen Brightener.
  • Do not allow the Oxygen Brightener to dry on surfaces before you’ve thoroughly rinsed the area.
  • Only mix enough solution for the job at hand. These solutions do not do well when stored as they lose their potency over a short period of time.
  • Do not place Oxygen Brightener solutions in sealed containers (especially glass containers) as the reaction between the sodium percarbonate and water releases a gas. Built-up gas in containers can be dangerous.

Our Favorite Uses Outside of the Laundry Room

Deodorize Odorous Sports Gear


You can remove odors from sports gear like baseball caps, helmets, or shin guards.

Dissolve ½ cup of Oxygen Brightener per gallon of warm water.

Allow water to cool to recommended temperature on the cleaning instructions for the sports gear. 

Soak equipment for 1-6 hours (depending on the amount of stench).

Rinse thoroughly with cold water and dry thoroughly before use.

Trash Cans


Dissolve 1/2 cup of Oxygen Brightener per gallon of water.

Use the mixed solution and a rag or scrub brush to scrub the trash can. 

Pour remaining solution into the trash can and allow to soak for 10-30 minutes.

Rinse thoroughly.

Dry with a cloth to avoid water spots.

Do not allow the solution to dry on surface. Don’t soak metals. 

Grout Stains


Mix 1 tbsp. of Oxygen Brightener with 1 tbsp. of water.

Use a brush or cloth to apply solution directly to the grout.

Let stand for 5-30 min. Spray with water if needed to keep the solution wet. Do not allow to dry on surfaces.

Then, scrub as needed to remove any remaining surface grime during curing.

Rinse well with cool water.

Remove Stickers & Labels


Dissolve ¼ cup of Oxygen Brightener per gallon of water.

Submerge the container in water and let it soak for about an hour.

Wipe off any remaining residue with a rag.

Rinse well.

Range Hood Filter


Dissolve ¼ cup of Oxygen Brightener per gallon of water.

Submerge the filter in water and let it soak for about 30 minutes.

Scrub if needed.

Rinse well. Allow to dry.

1 comment

  • Log Home Shoppe

    Veyr informative blog. I understand how to use and their results.

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