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Analysis of oxygen bleach

Updated July 19, 2017

Oxygen bleach is often found in household cleaners and stain removal items. There are several types of oxygen bleaches available to consumers, but they are not all the same.

Usage

Oxygen bleach is used for household cleaning and to remove stains. Hydrogen peroxide, sodium percarbonate and sodium perborate are three types of oxygen bleaches on the market today. The first is liquid, while the others come in powder form and can be found in dishwashing and laundry detergents.

Reaction

When the materials are mixed with water, oxygen is released, which results in the cleaning action. The reaction breaks up the soil and/or decolorizes the stain.

Advantages

There are several advantages to using oxygen bleach instead of chlorine bleach. It is colour-safe, nontoxic and can be used on a variety of materials ranging from carpets to fabric. It also has a longer shelf life, is safe for the environment and acts like a disinfectant. The powders are also safe to use in combination with other household products, unlike chlorine bleach.

Disadvantages

Oxygen bleaches can be expensive and can take longer to work. This can be a major disadvantage for busy individuals. In addition, they shouldn't be used on delicate clothing like silk.

Products

Some examples of oxygen bleach products are Stain Solver, Clorox Oxi Magic, All Oxi Active, Shout Oxy Power, Bissell Deep Cleaning Booster and Oxy-Boost. Bottles of hydrogen peroxide found in pharmacy sections are another ready-to-use form of oxygen bleach.

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About the Author

Kalea Yoshida is a freelance journalist who has written for various publications including the Arizona Republic, ITEM Magazine, Ignite and currently writes for the Phoenix Examiner.com. She attained her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in mass communications and later completed graduate school at Arizona State University in 2006.