Today’s post is going to sound more like a short little ad than anything else, as it should being a short little endorsement for Oxiclean. I recently started home brewing which involves many getting sugary yeasty substances inside of carboys (think Culligan water bottles but glass) making the task at hand similar to cleaning bread off a surface without being actually being able to touch it.
Naturally there are a few choices, some manual methods that don’t seem to work as well or using some chemical like PBW made specifically for cleaning this hard to get at gunk off. Unfortunately, this stuff runs $15 or more for a pound which makes you kinda of wish you could skimp on cleaning things. Of course, making something for consumption you don’t want to hold back on actually keeping things as clean as possible so I went hunting for a cheaper solution. What I found was people were often comparing Oxiclean to PBW in performance with their slight chemical differences. With the price being much more manageable at $7 for 3 pounds it’s 1/6th the price even when using the more expensive Oxi-Clean Free to avoid added perfumes or dyes.
Online some people said it would take “overnight” to clean out my carboy, instead it took 30 minutes with no scrubbing or anything else and rinsed out easily. After seeing it pull the junk off the interior surface so quickly I decided to test it for some of the intended uses such as taking stains out of carpets (VARNISH!?) and continued to be impressed.
Do you find it hard to buy a product when an item is sold by one of the “As On TV” sales guys are pushing a “miracle item”? Do you re-purpose cleaners and other items or are you a buy the book user of chemicals and cleaners?