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Post# 1034167   6/1/2019 at 19:51 (195 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

I know, I know this can be a contentious subject but...


I ran out of the last of my oxygen bleach, I use it infrequently but want to have it when I need it.  I HATE Oxyclean, they load it up with so many fillers, I just want "pure Oxygen  bleach".  I used to get a small tub of Clorox powder, but can't find it any more. Had a 36 oz container of Eco brand, can't find that anymore.  I do not need a 25 lb drum from the Chemistry store or where ever folks had been getting it as I recall from past discussions.


Is there a moderately sized container that might be generally available that is just plain oxygen bleach?

Post# 1034168 , Reply# 1   6/1/2019 at 20:01 (195 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Just go on eBay or check other online sources

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Such as the chemistry store; you can buy all the bulk sodium percarbonate your heart desires. Buy five or ten pounds, break it down into one pound tightly sealed bags or jars and there you are....

This or look in health food/organic stores for pure sodium percarbonate oxygen bleach. Ecover used to sell small boxes of the stuff, but IIRC they may have changed the formula recently.

Can also check local chemical/laundry supply houses. Though they may only sell in 25lb or 50lb bag or some other equally large bulk size. Even then some may not sell directly to retail, only to trade/professionals/institutions. Ask among your friends/family if anyone is in the carpet, deck, roof, or whatever business as sodium percarbonate is used for that purpose. They may be able to direct you and or offer to purchase on your behalf.

Truth to tell large numbers of persons selling powdered pure oxygen bleaches online merely purchase the stuff in large 50lb (or greater) bags as bulk. Then break things down for resale into smaller containers, mark it up, and sell it on.

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Post# 1034172 , Reply# 2   6/1/2019 at 21:07 (195 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I get the color safe bleach from the dollar store....ingredients the same as very well....

I tend to stay away from the Liquid versions, as the ingredient is mainly peroxide....granted very effective at removing something like blood, but the brown bottle in the first aid section is mega cheap....

Post# 1034178 , Reply# 3   6/2/2019 at 02:32 (194 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Looking on Amazon apparently Whole Foods has a 32 Oz. container for $4.99.   Not on prime...  I think there is a WF about 20 minutes from my cousin's in Waterford, may drive down there one of these days. 


A 2 lb container might last me a year.  Might look around for a supply house and see what they have, though 10-25 will be overkill, I guess I could use my vac sealer and bag it up for the next 5 years...

Post# 1034180 , Reply# 4   6/2/2019 at 04:52 (194 days old) by thomasortega (We have a famous sign, earthquakes, bushfires and weed)        

I miss so much the Vanish sold in Brazil...

It was freaking expensive but it was way better than OxyBleach

Anyway, I buy OxyBleach at Costco and compensate the fillers by adding a massive dose.

Post# 1034204 , Reply# 5   6/2/2019 at 12:55 (194 days old) by NeptuneGuy27 (Baltimore,MD)        
Charlie's Soap

Charlie's Soap makes an Oxygen Bleach that works pretty well. Only three ingredients: Sodium Percarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Metasilicate.


Post# 1034226 , Reply# 6   6/2/2019 at 18:16 (194 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
If one put one's mind to the task

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Finding uses for oxygen bleach (sodium percarbonate) outside of laundry isn't very difficult.

Cleaning coffee pots, automatic coffee makers.

Scrubbing bathroom surfaces/tiles and grout

Cleaning backyard decks

Cleaning and deodorizing washing machines and dishwashers

These uses and more are listed out there on internet, in books, etc....

Post# 1034260 , Reply# 7   6/3/2019 at 00:51 (194 days old) by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Yes, I do use it to clean grout in tiled areas, works great.

Post# 1034264 , Reply# 8   6/3/2019 at 01:44 (193 days old) by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        
Pure Sodium Percarbonate

I buy it on Amazon. It is pure and works great. I add 1 teaspoon to the dishwasher and generally 1T to a few wash loads. It is cheaper than buying a small tub of OxiClean mixed with all the extra BS.

Post# 1034274 , Reply# 9   6/3/2019 at 10:55 (193 days old) by littlegreeny (Milwaukee, WI)        
ALL Oxi Booster

ALL Oxi Booster works very well but seems to have somewhat limited availability. I like that it has no added perfumes or colors.

Post# 1035896 , Reply# 10   6/21/2019 at 06:16 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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"Sodium Percarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Metasilicate."

Oxygen bleaches are accelerated/more powerful at higher pH levels. This is the reason why dry cleaners or professional laundry persons add a bit of ammonia when spot treating stains with hydrogen peroxide. Beauticians know this because permanent hair coloring works on same principles; the developer contains ammonia (or another alkaline substance) which is added to the peroxide. Ditto for hair bleaching where a powdered alkaline substance is activated by peroxide.

In the old days powdered detergents contained enough base substances such as washing soda, sodium metasilicate, etc... that you could just add sodium percarbonate or perborate straight and get good results. Indeed sodium percarbonate being made from washing soda usually brings enough of it's own alkalinity to the party.

To save a few pennies commercial and some domestic oxygen bleaches will add washing soda and other base substances. This in of itself isn't bad, but you have some products that are only around 50% oxygen bleach. The rest is washing soda and whatever else.

Sodium metasilicate is a stronger base than washing soda. This high alkalinity comes in very handy for doing laundry with soaps. Laundries in GB did hospital wash full of blood stained items using nothing more than soaps with oxygen bleach
such as Persil and sodium metasilicate. Everything came out clean and white, more so because they also used high wash temps as well (boil wash).

Post# 1036463 , Reply# 11   6/27/2019 at 00:42 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Anyone use this? Two ingredients - sodium percarbonate and sodium carbonate.


Decent price and quantity.


Post# 1036464 , Reply# 12   6/27/2019 at 01:14 by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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>> NeptuneGuy27 wrote:
>> Charlie's Soap makes an Oxygen Bleach that works pretty well. Only three
>> ingredients: Sodium Percarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Metasilicate.

We've been happy with this one as well.
For anyone who is interested in the specifics, Charlie's posts the Safety Data Sheets for their products, which includes details on the ingredients.

For their Oxygen Bleach, the breakdown is as follows:
Sodium percarbonate >=85%
Sodium carbonate 2-12%
Disodium Metasilicate <2.5%

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