Oxygen bleach is a cleaning agent that can be particularly effective in tackling stains and brightening clothes in the laundry. Eco-friendly and safe to use for a variety of tasks, oxygen bleach is a staple of many a household cleaning cupboard. But what exactly is it made of and how can it be used in your wash cycle?
What is Oxygen Bleach?
- Oxygen bleach is the common term for sodium percarbonate, a compound of natural soda crystals and hydrogen peroxide.
- Oxygen bleach for washing machines is widely available in detergents and other cleaning products, and comes in a solid, powder-like form, usually diluted in water before use.
- Once oxygen bleach comes in contact with water, a chemical reaction occurs and the substance releases oxygen.
- Oxygen bleach is often used in stain removal, as the oxygen bubbles help to break down dirt, odours, and germs.
- Oxygen bleach powder is considered environmentally friendly, as the only by-product is soda ash – a non-toxic substance, safe for the water supply.
How Do You Wash Clothes With Bleach?
Oxygen bleach is best for tackling organic stains on clothing, such as food and drink, grass, dirt, and bodily fluids. Though it can reduce the appearance of grease and synthetic stains, it may not always remove them completely.
How to Use Oxygen Bleach as a Pre-Wash Treatment:
- Mix one to two tablespoons in a gallon of water.
- Leave stained items to soak for up to an hour.
- Tough or old stains can be soaked overnight, or treated with an additional two tablespoons of oxygen bleach in the pre-wash solution.