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Application of Sodium Percarbonate in Detergents and Cleaners

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 Introduction


 

Cleaning work is an essential part of daily life. With the development of technology, cleaning products are also constantly being updated and replaced. Today, we are going to explore an efficient and environmentally friendly cleaning ingredient - sodium percarbonate (SPC), and its applications in detergents and cleaners.

 

Introduction to Sodium Percarbonate

 

Sodium percarbonate, abbreviated as SPC, commonly known as solid hydrogen peroxide, also known as sodium percarbonate or solid hydrogen peroxide, is an additive compound of hydrogen peroxide and sodium carbonate. It will produce oxygen, water, and sodium carbonate after decomposition. This compound not only has the function of liquid hydrogen peroxide, but also can quickly decompose and release oxygen at lower water temperatures, achieving functions such as bleaching, decontamination, sterilization, and odor removal. At the same time, the decomposed sodium carbonate can increase the pH value of water, reduce the content of calcium and magnesium ions in hard water, soften the water, and with the increase of pH value, the negative charge between dirt and fibers increases, increasing the repulsion between dirt and fibers, thereby improving the bleaching and washing effect.

 

Application in detergents

 

In detergents, sodium percarbonate has been widely used in products such as laundry detergent and color bleach due to its excellent bleaching activity and bactericidal performance. It can effectively remove stains on clothes while protecting their color and extending their lifespan. In addition, the use of sodium bicarbonate can also reduce environmental pollution, as its decomposed products are water and sodium carbonate, which are environmentally friendly substances.

 

Application in cleaning agents

 

Sodium percarbonate is also widely used in cleaning agents. It can be used for household cleaning, such as refrigerators, carpets, aquariums, lawns, furniture, wooden products, and outdoor deck decorations. In the catering industry, sodium percarbonate is also used to clean kitchen utensils, food processing equipment, countertops, plastic products, refrigeration equipment, and coffee pots. In addition, it is also used for cleaning work in schools and social institutions, such as mops, buckets, trash cans, ceilings, drainage pipes, etc.

 

Special purpose

 

In addition to conventional cleaning purposes, sodium percarbonate also has some special applications. For example, it can be an important component of denture cleaning agents, mainly composed of ultrafine particle sodium peroxide carbonate, which has high oxygen content and low humidity, making it convenient and easy to use. In addition, sodium percarbonate can also be used as a disinfectant product to kill common pathogens such as Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and hepatitis virus. Therefore, it can be used as a disinfectant in hospitals and public places, as well as a disinfectant for tableware, fruits, and soap.

 

Advantages of Sodium Percarbonate Detergents

 

1. Strong cleaning ability

 

The oxygen generated during the decomposition process of sodium percarbonate can penetrate deep into the fabric fibers, effectively decomposing and removing various stubborn stains, such as blood stains, oil stains, and food residues. This cleaning ability is stronger than traditional detergents, especially suitable for clothes that are difficult to clean.

 

2. Bleaching effect

 

Sodium percarbonate has good bleaching performance and can restore the whiteness and brightness of fabrics, making it particularly suitable for the use of white and light colored clothing. It can quickly decompose and release oxygen at lower water temperatures, achieving bleaching effects and saving energy consumption.

 

3. Sterilization and disinfection

 

Sodium percarbonate can not only clean stains, but also kill bacteria and viruses in clothing, such as Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, providing additional hygiene protection. This is particularly important in hospitals, hotels, and other places that require strict disinfection.

 

4. Environmentally friendly and harmless

 

The main products after the decomposition of sodium bicarbonate are water and sodium carbonate, which are environmentally friendly substances. Compared to traditional phosphorus containing detergents, detergents that have been used with sodium carbonate have a smaller impact on the environment, which is in line with current environmental trends.

 

5. Softening water quality

 

The sodium carbonate generated during the decomposition process of sodium percarbonate can increase the pH value of water, reduce the content of calcium and magnesium ions in hard water, and soften the water. Softened water can improve washing efficiency, reduce the generation of scale, and protect clothing fibers from hard water damage.

 

6. Improve washing efficiency

 

Due to its ability to function at lower water temperatures, sodium percarbonate can lower the water temperature requirements during the washing process and save energy consumption. Meanwhile, its strong cleaning ability also means that it can reduce the amount of detergent used and improve washing efficiency.

 

7. Wide applicability

 

Sodium percarbonate is suitable for various types of clothing, including cotton, linen, synthetic fibers, etc. It has good compatibility with the color and fiber type of the fabric, and is not easy to cause clothing fading or damage.

 

8. Reduce detergent residue

 

Detergents that have been used with sodium carbonate can effectively reduce chemical residues during the cleaning process. This is because the products of sodium bicarbonate decomposition are water and sodium carbonate, which are easy to rinse and do not leave difficult to remove residues on clothing. This is particularly important for families with children or sensitive skin, as it helps reduce the risk of skin irritation and allergic reactions.

 

9. Improve the texture of clothing

 

Sodium percarbonate can not only clean clothes, but also improve the texture of clothes to a certain extent. Due to the oxygen generated by its decomposition, it can penetrate into the interior of fibers, helping to loosen and remove dirt between fibers, making clothing softer and more comfortable. In addition, the bleaching effect of sodium percarbonate can also make clothing colors brighter and enhance the overall appearance.

 

10. Save time and labor

 

Due to the efficient cleaning ability of sodium percarbonate, clothes can be cleaned in a shorter time, which means that housewives or laundry workers can save a lot of time and labor. Especially when dealing with large quantities of clothing or heavy cleaning tasks, the use of sodium carbonate detergents can significantly improve work efficiency.

 

11. Strong adaptability

 

Sodium percarbonate detergent is suitable for various water temperatures and washing conditions, and can achieve excellent cleaning effects whether hand washed or machine washed. This strong adaptability allows sodium percarbonate detergents to maintain stable performance in different environments and conditions.

 

12. Economic benefits

 

Although the initial cost of sodium bicarbonate detergents may be slightly higher than traditional detergents, in the long run, their economic benefits are significant. Due to its efficient cleaning ability, it can reduce the use of detergents and lower long-term cleaning costs. Meanwhile, due to its environmental characteristics, it also helps to reduce pollution to the environment and the cost of treating wastewater.

 

The advantages of sodium percarbonate in cleaning agents

 

1. Deep cleaning ability

 

The oxygen generated during the decomposition process of sodium percarbonate can penetrate into difficult to reach surfaces and crevices, helping to decompose and remove stubborn stains. This deep cleaning ability makes sodium percarbonate an ideal choice for treating heavy scale stains.

 

2. Environmentally friendly and harmless

 

The main products after the decomposition of sodium bicarbonate are water and sodium carbonate, which are environmentally friendly and do not cause pollution to water and soil. The use of sodium carbonate cleaning agents is in line with current environmental trends and helps reduce the negative impact of chemical cleaning agents on the environment.

 

3. Sterilization and disinfection

 

Sodium percarbonate has excellent bactericidal and disinfection properties, which can effectively kill various bacteria and viruses, providing additional hygiene protection for homes and public places. This is particularly important in kitchens, bathrooms, and other environments that require cleanliness and hygiene.

 

4. Multifunctionality

 

Sodium percarbonate can not only clean and disinfect, but also remove odors. It is suitable for various materials and surfaces, including plastic, metal, glass, ceramic tiles, etc., making it a multifunctional cleaning agent.

 

5. Improving water quality

 

Sodium percarbonate can increase the pH value of water, reduce the content of calcium and magnesium ions in hard water, and thus soften water quality. This water quality improvement helps to improve cleaning efficiency and has a protective effect on cleaning tools and equipment, extending their service life.

 

6. Improve cleaning efficiency

 

The efficient cleaning ability of sodium percarbonate means that it can reduce the use of cleaning agents and cleaning time, and improve cleaning efficiency. This is an important advantage for both commercial cleaning service providers and household users, as it can save time and costs.

 

7. Security

 

Sodium percarbonate is safer compared to some traditional cleaning agents, especially when there are children or pets at home. Its ingredients are mild and not easily cause allergic reactions, making it more reassuring to use.

 

8. Wide applicability

 

Sodium percarbonate cleaner is not only suitable for home environments, but also widely used in public places such as hospitals, schools, offices, hotels, etc. Its wide applicability makes it an ideal choice for various cleaning needs.

 

9. Reduce chemical dependence

 

Traditional cleaning agents often rely on strong chemical components to remove stains and kill bacteria, which may pose potential hazards to the environment and human health. Sodium percarbonate, as a milder cleaning ingredient, can reduce dependence on these harmful chemicals without sacrificing cleaning effectiveness, thereby reducing potential risks to the environment and human health.

 

10. Easy to store and transport

 

Sodium percarbonate is stable in its solid form and is not easily volatile, making it safer and more convenient for storage and transportation. In contrast, some liquid cleaning agents may require special storage conditions and transportation measures to prevent leakage and volatilization. The characteristic of sodium percarbonate reduces logistics costs and improves product accessibility.

 

11. Promoting sustainable development

 

The use of sodium carbonate as a cleaning agent helps promote the concept of sustainable development. Due to its harmless decomposition products to the environment, the use of this cleaning agent helps to reduce the generation of chemical waste, reduce the consumption of natural resources, and promote the development of circular economy.

 

12. Improve user experience

 

The user experience of sodium percarbonate cleaning agents is usually better than some traditional cleaning agents. They produce a mild odor during use and do not cause strong irritation. At the same time, due to their efficient cleaning ability, users can complete cleaning tasks faster, saving time and energy.

 

13. Economic benefits

 

Although the initial cost of sodium percarbonate cleaning agents may be slightly higher, their efficient cleaning ability means that users can use fewer products to achieve the same cleaning effect. In the long run, this can help users save expenses while also reducing the overall consumption of cleaning agents, helping to reduce production costs and environmental impact.

 

14. Innovation potential

 

Sodium percarbonate, as an active ingredient, provides broad space for the research and innovation of cleaning agents. Researchers and product developers can explore the combination of sodium carbonate and other components to create more efficient, environmentally friendly, and safe cleaning products, meeting the constantly changing market and diverse consumer needs.

 

How to use sodium carbonate correctly

 

1. Understand the characteristics of sodium carbonate

 

Sodium percarbonate usually appears in the form of white granular powder and needs to be dissolved in water when used. After dissolution, it produces sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide, the former being a surfactant, while the latter provides bleaching ability. Sodium percarbonate is non-toxic and does not cause chemical pollution to water or soil, making it environmentally friendly.

 

2. Prepare cleaning solution

 

Prepare a spray bottle or other container filled with about half a liter of hot water.

Add one teaspoon of sodium percarbonate.

Gently shake the bottle until the sodium bicarbonate is completely dissolved.

 

3. Clean various surfaces

 

Spray cleaning solution onto surfaces that require cleaning, such as kitchen countertops, bathroom tiles, etc.

Let it act for about 10 minutes so that the active ingredients in the solution can fully exert their effects.

Rinse or wipe the surface with warm water to remove dissolved dirt and deposits.

 

4. Remove stains

 

For stubborn coffee, alcohol, or blood stains, one tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate can be mixed with an appropriate amount of hot water to form a paste.

Apply the paste directly onto the stain and gently wipe it with a brush.

Allow the product to function for 20-30 minutes, then clean clothing or textiles normally.

 

5. Bleached white fabric

 

Prepare a container containing hot water and dissolve sodium carbonate in a 1:10 ratio.

Soak white fabrics such as bed sheets, pillowcases, or napkins in solution overnight.

Subsequently, the fabric can be placed in the washing machine for normal cleaning.

 

6. Clean towels and clothing

 

For towels that need to be restored to softness and fluffiness, three tablespoons of sodium percarbonate can be added to the washing machine to clean together with regular laundry detergent.

The alkalinity of sodium percarbonate helps to soften fabric fibers, reduce electrostatic adhesion, and decompose dirt and oil.

matters needing attention

When using sodium carbonate, direct contact with eyes and skin should be avoided. In case of accidental contact, rinse immediately with clean water.

Although sodium bicarbonate is relatively safe, it is still recommended to use it in a well ventilated environment to avoid inhalation.

For sensitive materials or valuable items, conduct a small-scale test in an inconspicuous area before use.

When storing sodium carbonate, it should be kept away from children's reach and the container should be kept sealed to avoid moisture.

 

Conclusion

 

Sodium percarbonate, as a multifunctional cleaning and bleaching agent, is increasingly favored by more and more households due to its environmental characteristics and high efficiency. It can not only effectively remove various stains and provide bleaching effects, but also play a role in various cleaning scenarios, such as kitchen cleaning, clothing decontamination, fabric bleaching, etc. Through the correct methods and precautions during use, we can ensure the maximum benefits of sodium percarbonate while ensuring the health and safety of users.

In addition, the non-toxic and environmentally friendly nature of sodium percarbonate makes it an ideal alternative to traditional chemical cleaning agents. It reduces chemical pollution to the environment and helps us build a greener and more sustainable lifestyle.

In short, by using sodium carbonate correctly, we can not only enjoy the convenience brought by cleaning, but also contribute to environmental protection, making our living environment more beautiful and healthy.


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