Oxiclean Free Review
OxiClean Free is my preferred choice for cleaning most of my brewing equipment. Technically Oxiclean is a laundry detergent booster but the free version is perfectly safe for cleaning brew gear. Oxiclean is perfectly safe oxygen based cleaner. Make sure you only use the free version as it is free of dyes and perfumes.
OxiClean Free works well on almost everything in your brewing arsenal. Glass, plastic and silicone tubing come out squeaky clean after a few washes in hot water. Stainless steel cleans up nicely but avoid extended exposure or it can be damaged. My favorite thing about Oxiclean is how well it removes labels from bottles. Just soak bottles for a few minutes and most will come off. You will learn fairly quickly which labels are hopeless.
Oxiclean does have a few annoying quirks. The first and most annoying is that it makes everything slippery as hell. I nearly dropped my five gallon carboy last time I cleaned it out. Once washed in hot water the slipperiness does go away. It’s a good indicator of when all the OxiClean is off of whatever you are cleaning though. The other issue is when you leave Oxiclean in something too long it causes a white film to build up. I’ve had great success in removing it with a straight vinegar soak and a good wash in hot water. These two quirks aren’t really enough for me to stop using it. Finally, it pairs well with Star San to complete your cleaning regimen.
Update: After years of brewing I’ve switched to using PBW but you can get almost the same power by blending Oxiclean with TSP, Tri-Sodium Phosphate. A 70% Oxiclean to 30% TSP is the ideal blend.
- Cheaper than PBW
- Cleans almost everything
- Removes labels
- Can cause issues on aluminum