Abstract: In this study, the impact of different oxidizing agents on the structural integrity of activated carbon (AC) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was studied for the removal of BTX from aqueous solution. Seven different combinations of green oxidizing agents (mild organic acids) in conjugation with NaOCl (basic oxidizing agent) were used. The modified adsorbents were analyzed by Brunauer, Emmett, and Teller (BET) surface area analyzer, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Boehm titration, Raman spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), x-ray diffraction (XRD), zeta potential, and variable pressure field emission scanning electron microscope (VPFESEM). The results suggested that the carbonaceous sorbents modified with combination of citric acid tartaric acid, malic acid and salicylic acid (CTMS-I) showed increased surface area (O-AC: 871.67 m2/g, O-MWCNTs: 336.37 m2/g) and total pore volume (O-AC: 0.59 cm3/g, O-MWCNTs: 0.04 cm3/g), with the significantly improved thermal stability. Preliminary batch adsorption experiments conducted using the present prepared O-AC and O-MWCNTs, showed an improved performance towards the adsorption of BTX, compared with other available reported adsorbents in the literature.