Oxy Cleaning Products (Peroxycarbonates)
Leave certain objects out in the sun for a long period of time, and they will bleach out. This is due to the action of light and oxygen. But housewives haven’t got the time to bleach clothing in this fashion!
Instead, they add a little chlorine bleach to their washing machines. They often added commercial bleach such as Clorox. Such a bleach consists of a dilute solution of a hypochlorite, whether it is sodium or calcium hypochlorite (NaOCl or CaOCl).
However, there has been a recent trend to use another sort of bleach, oxygen bleach. This should not surprise the reader, as she is doubtless familiar with the bleaching of the hair using hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂).
The bleaching of clothing employs peroxycarbonates such as sodium peroxycarbonate (Na₂CO₃·1.5 H₂O₂). Notice the second portion of the chemical formula – hydrogen peroxide! As to the first part, Na₂CO₃, this is sodium carbonate. Another name for sodium carbonate, as many of the former generation of housewives will recognize, is washing soda. Washing soda is an alkaline supplement for ordinary detergent to assist in the cleaning process.
An advantage in using oxygen bleach is a diminished tendency to bleach out intended fabric colors. Now you know the rest of the story.
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