Sodium percarbonate: a super powerful cleaner
In the list of useful and ecological products for the house, you might not know about sodium percarbonate. It is an essential addition to baking soda and white vinegar as non-toxic and biodegradable.
Sodium percarbonate, or dry oxygen bleach, solid hydrogen peroxide is also known as sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate. It contains no chlorine or phosphate. The white powder is made from natural materials (salt, chalk, water), i.e. it is free of harmful components and inexpensive.
Percarbonate forms from sodium carbonate (soda crystals) with hydrogen peroxide. It has active oxygen content of over 12%.
Sodium carbonate degreases, increases the pH of the water and improves the efficiency of detergents while hydrogen peroxide whitens and sanitizes.
It is now quite easy to find it in organic stores, DIY stores, in the laundry aisle of supermarkets in 1 kg packets....
Sodium percarbonate solutions will remain active for about 4 hours, so prepare solution as needed.
Discard unused material down the drain. It will actually help clean and deodorize your drains.
Sodium percarbonate solutions are most effective when mixed with water temperature from 40˚C, best results at 60˚C.
For the laundry room:
Removes stains on white laundry. For medium stained laundry, add 2 tablespoons of percarbonate to the usual detergent and run the washing machine normally.
For household linen turned yellow, bed sheets, pillow cases, but also dishcloth, cloth diapers...... add 50g of percarbonate to 3 liters of very hot water. Soak several hours or even all night in the mixture, wash normally.
For pre-wash, add 1 Tbsp to the laundry then leave the laundry to soak in the machine and then run a complete cycle.
It is effective on all organic stains such as: tea, coffee, red wine, chocolate, fruit juice, fruit stains, soda, carrot, butter, mayonnaise, cooking fats, tomato sauce, vinaigrette, olive oil, egg yolk, beetroot, make-up, lipstick, perfume, perspiration, ink, grass, mud, soot...
It is very effective in removing blood stains from laundry before washing. Simply dilute it in a little water and apply directly to the stain.
It increases the effectiveness of detergents due to its alkaline pH and softening action on water.
In the house:
To remove stains and deodorize carpets and rugs, first remove as much of the stain as possible with absorbent paper. Prepare a solution with 2 - 3 tablespoons of sodium percarbonate in 1 litre of hot water. Apply this solution and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and mop up with a cloth. Allow to dry before vacuuming. Always test a small area that is not very visible beforehand to ensure that it will not discolour the carpet or rug.
In the kitchen:
To remove tea, coffee and wine deposits from teapots and kettles, add 2 Tbsp of percarbonate to 1 litre of hot water, leave to work for several hours, then rinse well.
To clean cutting boards and work surfaces, spray a percarbonate solution prepared with hot water (1 to 2 Tbsp per 1 litre of water), with a few drops of black soap or neutral soap. Leave to work, rub, then rinse well.
To clean burnt pans bottom (not aluminum), add 2 Tbsp of percarbonate to very hot water in the bottom of the pan, leave overnight, then wash with a brush or scraper.
In the bathroom:
To remove moulds on shower curtain, take a basin filled with a liter of hot water, add 2 tablespoons of percarbonate, soak the shower curtain overnight, the curtain will be free of traces of mould.
For joints and tiles, dilute 1 Tbsp of percarbonate to ½ litre of hot water in a spray bottle, spray the shower walls and on mouldy joints, leave to work for about 20 min then rub with a brush before rinsing.
In the garden:
Percarbonate is ideal for degreasing woods and removing lichens, moulds and mosses. Prepare a saturated percarbonate solution (dissolve by mixing until the grains disappear into the water). Apply this solution with a brush or a brush, brush lightly if necessary and let it work, but do not let it dry. Then brush with a hard brush, a coconut brush, rinse well and let dry.
It can be used to clean limestone (Burgundy stone, marble), sandstone or tile terraces from mould, lichens and moss at a rate of 2 to 3 CS per litre of water.
Can be used to clean litter boxes, cages.....
Do not mix with vinegar, lemon, citric acid or bleach.
Keep away from heat, sparks and flames.
Do not store diluted solution in closed container.
Percarbonate has a basic ph of 10.5