Sodium Percarbonate - the eco-friendly alternative to bleach
31 Days, 31 Ways to an eco-friendly New Year
Day 12 - Swap bleach for Percarbonate of Soda
The main environmental problem with chlorine bleach (like the stuff you buy in the supermarket) lies in the production of bleach itself. Chlorine bleach is from the organochlorine family of chemicals, compounds rarely found in nature and which can take centuries to decompose. These compounds have been detected in our water, sediments, animals and even in breast milk. This is so worrying that Greenpeace have called for a complete end to the organochlorine production.
The bleach industry relies on instilling fear into us - encouraging us to believe through their advertising that our toilets are just waiting to kill us unless we bleach bomb them regularly.
But there is an alternative - Percarbonate of Soda (also known as Sodium Percarbonate), a micro bead powder made up from hydrogen peroxide and sodium carbonate. It breaks down into oxygen, water and sodium carbonate (soda ash) when dissolved in water. It is both a great antiseptic and disinfectant (killing bacteria, fungi and mildew) and a fantastic bleaching agent (it’s the main ingredient in Vanish products).
Look for Sodium Percarbonate which comes in a double-thickness kraft bag with a plant-based watertight film, like the one we stock at Vera-Bee. That way, you’ll be reducing your plastic waste too. And because it comes in powder form which you dilute at home, it replaces multiple bottles of bleach so it works out cheaper too.
What can you use Sodium Percarbonate for?
💧 Pre-soaker for your laundry and in washing machines
💧 Coffee and teacup stains
💧 Cleaning of kitchen surfaces and utensils.
💧 Cleaning of bathrooms and toilets
💧 Carpet and fabric cleaning and stain removal
💧 Tile, grout and general floor cleaning
💧 Sterilisation of pet areas and bedding
💧 Patio and decking cleaning
💧 Moss killing
💧 Killing algae in water features
Recipes for household cleaning
Laundry - 30g/60g/120g of Sodium Percarbonate, from light to heavily soiled items respectively, with your usual chosen brand of washing powder or liquid. For yellowed materials like curtains or sheets or sweaty sportswear, dissolve 60g in 5 litres of warm water and soak overnight.
General Cleaning - For cleaning of surfaces, floors and fridges etc, dissolve 40g in 1 litre of warm water.
Toilet - Sprinkle the inside of the bowl with Sodium Percarbonate, let sit for 15 mins then scrub with your toilet brush and flush.
Carpet Stain Remover - Dissolve 30g in 1 litre of water and apply with a cloth.
Deck/Patio Cleaning - Dissolve 50g in 1 litre of water and apply with a sprayer or watering can. Alternatively, damp down the deck with water and sprinkle the granules on the deck. leave for 20 mins and rinse off.
Charlie & Colette