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OxyClean vs. PBW
« on: January 17, 2015, 10:11:44 PM »
Who uses Oxycelan over PBW? Any major differences other than cost?

I didn't see the "Free" version available anymore. I thought that was the fragrance free version.



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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2015, 10:49:00 PM »
I have been mixing oxyclean with TSP substitute from the paint dept. of the hardware store.  I can't remember exactly the proportions, 2:1 I think, but the info is available with a search.  It is much cheaper than PBW.
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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2015, 12:05:53 AM »
I use oxyclean free. Works great. Use hot water and give it a stir then soak over night usually

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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2015, 12:10:24 AM »
I use plain oxyclean. Normally get it at Costco. $1/lb or something insane like that.

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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2015, 12:17:19 AM »
Oxyclean and hot water does a great job.
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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2015, 01:49:48 AM »
I use plain oxyclean. Normally get it at Costco. $1/lb or something insane like that.

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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2015, 02:07:31 AM »
The only advantage I can see in using PBW is less need for rinsing.

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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2015, 04:26:23 AM »
I have been mixing oxyclean with TSP substitute from the paint dept. of the hardware store.  I can't remember exactly the proportions, 2:1 I think, but the info is available with a search.  It is much cheaper than PBW.

+1. Two parts oxi to one part TSP substitute. Works great, especially at 160 degrees.

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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2015, 04:28:56 AM »
The only advantage I can see in using PBW is less need for rinsing.

I have no idea why this would be the case especially since the main ingredient in PBW is an oxygen cleaner like (if not identical too) oxi clean....

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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2015, 02:16:18 PM »
i have attempted to use oxyclean before but it leaves a white film on everything and its hard to clean off. will adding TSP help with that? Also with changing the chemical composition of this is it possible to "etch" glass or not to be used on plastics, copper and what not? i have really hard water FYI

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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2015, 02:46:56 PM »
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I have no idea why this would be the case especially since the main ingredient in PBW is an oxygen cleaner like (if not identical too) oxi clean....

I don't know either, but I see a lot more foaming with Oxyclean

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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2015, 04:26:47 PM »
I believe the main thing PBW has that OxiClean lacks is a chelator (a water softener), which explains the white film some people get. That said, I use OxiClean for nearly all my brewery cleaning. Using conditioned water avoids the film problem.

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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2015, 05:17:01 PM »
Who uses Oxycelan over PBW? Any major differences other than cost?

I didn't see the "Free" version available anymore. I thought that was the fragrance free version.

I use Oxiclean 90% of the time.  I find PBW to be marginally more effective, so from time to time I'll use it instead,
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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2015, 05:18:07 PM »
The only advantage I can see in using PBW is less need for rinsing.

I have no idea why this would be the case especially since the main ingredient in PBW is an oxygen cleaner like (if not identical too) oxi clean....

I don't know why it is (maybe different surfactants?), but I agree...PBW rinses more easily.
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Re: OxyClean vs. PBW
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2015, 05:18:19 PM »
Who uses Oxycelan over PBW? Any major differences other than cost?

I didn't see the "Free" version available anymore. I thought that was the fragrance free version.

I use Oxiclean 90% of the time.  I find PBW to be marginally more effective, so from time to time I'll use it instead,
Denny, when you use Oxyclean, are you using it straight, or are you adding the TSP(?)
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