Sodium Percarbonate - my new best friend
I have been discovering all kinds of ways to use this product outside of the laundry room. It really is truly quite something - it will remove stains I thought were there for good. I found this information on one of my recent Internet searches and thought I would share. Do give some of them a try ... you'll be quite impressed.
� No environmental hazards - breaks down to oxygen, water and sodium carbonate (soda ash) in your wash water.
� Color safe and fabric safe. It brightens colors
� Continual use will not cause yellowing or graying of cotton fabric
� Effective stain removal in a broad range of water temperatures
� Lengthens time between linen replacement
� Prevents fabric from becoming yellowed or darkened
� Does not weaken the strength of fabrics like chlorine bleach
� In the laundry Sodium Percarbonate is used to destain, deodorize, and whiten. It is very effective as a laundry presoak for heavily stained articles.
For light soils add 1ounce of Sodium Percarbonate with your laundry detergent per load. For moderate soils use 2 ounces and for heavily soiled articles use 4 ounces. To whiten and deodorize diapers add 4-6 ounces of Sodium Percarbonate.
In the laundry Sodium Percarbonate is used to destain, deodorize, and whiten. It is very effective as a laundry presoak for heavily stained articles.
For light soils add 1ounce of Sodium Percarbonate with your laundry detergent per load. For moderate soils use 2 ounces and for heavily soiled articles use 4 ounces.
To whiten and deodorize diapers add 4-6 ounces of Sodium Percarbonate into the soak cycle. Soak in hot water for at least 30 minutes, or overnight, then complete wash cycle.
For whitening old linens and yellowed window shears, deodorizing and cleaning tennis shoes, or to get rid of yellow armpit stains on shirts: soak in 2 ounces of Sodium Percarbonate per gallon of water for at least one hour, or overnight, then rinse.
Mixing Solutions Of Sodium Percarbonate
Sodium Percabonate solutions will remain active for 5 to 6 hours, after which they should be discarded. Unused material may be poured down the drain. It will actually help clean and deodorize your disposal or toilet.
Sodium percarbonate solutions are most effective when mixed and used in warm to hot solutions (100 to 150 F).
General Cleaning: Mix 4 fl oz of percarbonate in a gallon of warm or hot water. (1 fl oz per quart).
Heavy Cleaning: Mix 8 fl oz of Percarbonate in a gallon of warm or hot water. (2 fl oz per qaurt)
Soaks: Mix 2 to 8 fl oz Percarbonate in a gallon of hot water.
Paste: Mix 1 to 2 fl ounces of Percarbonate with just enough water to make a paste.
Carpet, Carpet Padding. Couches, Upholstery
To de-stain and deodorize carpet, start by mixing a general cleaning solution. Remove as much of the dirt or liquid as possible. Spray Percarbonate Solution on spot, work into area with a brush and let stand 5-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly by pouring fresh water over spot, blot up with a clean cloth or towel. Vacuum thoroughly when completely dry. Always test for colorfastness before applying Percarbonate Solution..
Carpet Cleaning Machines
Add 1 fl oz of Percarbonate per gallon of warm water in the solution tank.
To de-stain and deodorize curtains/sheers that are yellow, dingy or smoke-stained, mix a soaking solution and allow items to soak 30-60 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and let dry.
Wedding Dresses, and Tennis Shoes
For wedding dresses and tennis shoes, use warm water and begin with a light solution of Percarbonate (1 to 2 fl ounces per gallon). Soak 10-20 minutes, rinse thoroughly with fresh water and dry.
For stained plastic ware, dishes, dish rags and dish towels add 1-2 ounces of Sodium Percarbonate to the container to be cleaned or to the dishwater and soak for at least 15 minutes. To keep your drains and disposals clear and smelling fresh add 1 ounce of Sodium Percarbonate in 8 ounces of hot water and allow solution to sit in drain overnight.
To de-stain your coffee pot add one ounce of Percarbonate directly into a coffee pot of hot water, soak 10- 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly. To remove build up inside the coffee maker, mix a general cleaning solution into squirt bottle, allow solution to cool completely, then pour into coffee maker. Turn on coffee maker and allow solution to run through machine. Rinse by running cold, fresh water through the cycle.
To eliminate mold, mildew and other organic stains, mix a general cleaning solution in a squirt bottle and apply with a soft cloth, let stand 10-20 minutes, wipe and rinse thoroughly.
Cutting Boards, Tupperware, and Kitchen Counter Tops
To clean and deodorize your whole kitchen, use a general cleaning solution and apply with a soft cloth, squirt bottle or sprayer, let stand 5-10 minutes and rinse. For extra strong stains, soak item with an extra strong solution for 15-20 minutes, rinse thoroughly.
For septic systems add 4 ounces of Sodium Percarbonate to toilet and flush into the septic system twice a week. For toilets add 3 ounces, wait 15 minutes then scrub. For shower curtains soak in one ounce per gallon of hot water; for mildew stains soak overnight. For bathtub and shower use make a paste with hot water, scrub with a cloth or sponge, wait 15 minutes then rinse or use.
Water Damage Cleanup & Mildew Removal
To remove mold and mildew prior to painting or to clean up water damage, mix a soaking solution, apply to surface, and scrub with a brush or sponge. Let stand 20-30 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Indoor-Outdoor Carpeting, Fencing, Concrete, Siding, Wood Decks, and Stucco
To remove weathered stains from wood decking, fencing, siding, concrete, and stucco, use a general cleaning solution and apply with a clean lawn sprayer. Let stand 10-30 minutes, scrub if necessary and rinse thoroughly. Or mix a general cleaning solution in a bucket and apply with a broom or brush, then scrub and rinse thoroughly.
Fireplaces & Bricks
Use the general cleaning solution and apply to fireplace or bricks with a scrub brush or broom, allow to stand 10-20 minutes and rinse thoroughly with fresh water. Scrub before rinsing if necessary.
For deodorizing garbage cans add 1/2 ounce per gallon of water and let soak. For lawn furniture add 2 ounces to hot water, scrub, wait 15 minutes, then rinse. For all weather carpeting add 4 ounces to a gallon of warm water scrub with a stiff broom, wait 20 minutes then rinse.
To destain and deodorize carpets add one ounce of Sodium Percarbonate per gallon of carpet shampoo prior to cleaning. For acoustic tiles add 6 ounces per gallon of hot water, spray on tiles, wait 15 minutes then rinse. For mops add 3 ounces to a gallon of hot water, soak overnight then rinse. For mildew removal or to clean basement floors after water damage from flooding add 4 ounces to a gallon of hot water, scrub surface, wait 30 minutes then rinse. To clean and deodorize cat litter boxes soak them in 3 ounces of Sodium Percarbonate per gallon of water for 20 minutes then rinse. For urine, feces, or vomit stains on carpets or upholstery, add one teaspoon of Sodium Percarbonate to 8 ounces of water, wipe onto stain, wait 10 minutes then rinse.
To clean and deodorize coolers add 2 ounces of Sodium Percarbonate per gallon of hot water, soak for 20 minutes, then rinse. For boat sails, cushions, ropes, camping gear, tents, tarps, etc. add 4 ounces per gallon of hot water soak for 30 minutes then rinse.
Sodium Percarbonate is not suitable for use with silk or wool.
Sodium Percarbonate will not remove rust stains or mineral deposits from hard water.
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