# Sodium Perborate as a detergent ingredient

Sodium Perborate is a well known bleaching agent in detergents. What makes Sodium Perborate an effective bleaching agent and how is this related to its oxidation chemistry?

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Connecting with water, sodium perborate releases hydrogen peroxide. $$\ce{NaBO2*H2O2*3H2O->Na+ + BO2- + H2O2 + 3H2O}$$ $$\ce{H2O2->H+ + HOO-}$$ $$\ce{HOO- ->HO- + O}$$