Powdered Brewery Wash (PBW) Alternatives for Homebrewer

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The most important ingredient in PBW is sodium percarbonate which is in alternatives such as One Step No-Rinse Cleaner and Craft Meister Alkaline Brewery wash which are specifically designed for cleaning beer equipment.  

Other options include many household cleaners such as OxiClean, Borax, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, and liquid bleach. 

The Best PBW Alternatives for Homebrewing Beer

These cleaners are all good options to use instead of PBW, and many are available at your local grocery or big box store: – One Step No Rinse Cleanser – Craft Meister Alkaline Brewery Wash (ABW) – Oxiclean – Borax – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

One Step No Rinse Cleanser

Initially formulated as a cleaner, brewers are finding One Step be just as efficient as a cleaner as it is a sanitizer, making it an effective one-two punch. 

Craft Meister Alkaline Brewery Wash (ABW)

ABW is not a typical oxygen-based cleaner like the others found on this list, which is not necessarily bad. Not being oxygen-based gives it a more caustic cleaning ability .

Oxiclean Free

Oxiclean, like PBW, is a percarbonate and has similar ingredients to PBW. That, along with cost and its availability, makes it a great alternative. 


Although it has a much lower pH level than a washing soda, Borax can be helpful as a day-to-day cleaner. It can be used for soaking or as a quick cleaning method. 

Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

A washing soda like Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda is a sodium carbonate with a high enough pH to make it an effective cleaner. 


When mixed with cold water, bleach forms a very caustic solution that breaks down stains and other organic material that may be left behind. Be sure to use unscented bleach to eliminate any perfumes or scents.  

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