What is sodium percarbonate?


Date Created: 12/18/2009

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Sodium percarbonate (or sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate) is a non-hazardous granular product developed as an alternative to perborate bleaches in household detergents. When dissolved into water, its releases H2O2 and soda ash (sodium carbonate).

2Na2CO3 . 3H2O2 ---> 2Na2CO3 + 3H2O2

The pH of the resulting solution is typically alkaline, which activates the H2O2 for bleaching. The dry powder contains about 30% w/w H2O2 and finds specialty use as a wood brightener and general cleaning aid. Check with a local supplier to industrial laundries for sourcing.

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