What Is Oxygen Bleach?
Oxygen Bleach (also known as Liquid O2) is a chemical compound used to clean up spills or other accidents involving toxic chemicals. It’s commonly found in hardware stores and home improvement centers. You may have seen it sold under different brand names such as “OxiClean” or “Liquid Nail Polish Remover”. These are all variations of the same product.
The reason why it’s called liquid oxygen is because it contains both oxygen and carbon dioxide gas. When mixed together, they form a solid that will react with water to create bubbles of air. If you mix them into a solution, the mixture becomes a liquid which means you can use it to clean up spills or accidents involving toxic chemicals.
How To Make Liquid Oxygen Bleach For Decks?
You need to purchase a container that holds at least 2 gallons. You’ll want one that’s big enough to hold your spilled chemicals without spilling anything over. You’ll also want something sturdy so it won’t break when you pour the contents out onto the floor. There are many types of containers available but here are some options:
Glass Bottles – Glass bottles work well for this purpose since they’re light weight and easy to transport.
There are many ways to make liquid oxygen bleach for your deck. Some of these methods require special equipment while others don’t. There are also some steps that aren’t necessary if you’re using commercial grade liquid oxygen bleach.
You’ll need a few things to make this work. First, you’ll need a container that holds at least 1 gallon (3 liters). A 2-gallon (7.5-liter) container is best to make sure you have enough room.
If you have a large spray bottle that holds at least a gallon, that will work too. You can use a glass bottle for this. Second, you’ll need sodium percarbonate. This is an ingredient in many commercial liquid oxygen bleaches. It’s very soluble in water and can be bought in most hardware stores. You’ll also need Sodium Silicate, this keeps the mixture from foaming over when it’s agitated. It can be found in pool supply stores and some auto part stores.
Next, you’ll need to mix together 1 part chlorine bleach and 3 parts water. This mixture will be used to fill the container.
Third, you’ll need a source of carbon dioxide. For this, dry ice works best. If you’re unable to get dry ice, you can use solid carbon dioxide (a liquid) instead. If using solid carbon dioxide, you will need 2 pounds (1 kg) of it.
The last ingredient is table salt, you’ll need about 1 cup (200 grams).
Put on your safety gear and set up your work area Away From All Windows. You will be making a solution that contains a fair amount of oxygen so it is flammable. The mixture will also become unstable if left to sit for a long period of time.
Combine 1 quart (1 liter) of water with the Sodium Percarbonate and Sodium Silicate. If using dry ice, you will need 2 pounds for every 1 gallon (3 liters) of liquid.
When working with dry ice or solid carbon dioxide always wear rubber gloves and eye protection. These chemicals can burn your skin on contact so it’s best to be safe. Wear a dust mask as well since breathing in the fumes is not good for you.
The next step is to put on your safety gear and find a well ventilated area to work in. You want to set up a fan to blow away from anything that might accidentally catch fire. For example, you don’t want the solution to splatter towards the floor and cause a fire.
Combine 1 quart (1 liter) of water with table salt and stir until it’s dissolved. This is your source of sodium ions. If working with dry ice, do this outside or in a very well ventilated area since it can cause frostbite on contact. It is best to work outside but a garage or even the outside of your house will work if it’s windy enough.
Pour the liquid into the container and add the dry ice. The dry ice will immediately start to release carbon dioxide. Keep adding dry ice until you can’t fit any more in. Put the container in a safe place (or multiple safe places) so that it won’t tip over.
You’ll want to leave it alone for at least 48 hours. The container will start to get very cold, so don’t put it in a place that could freeze (like the freezer).
After the 48 hours are up, you’ll need to vent off the extra carbon dioxide that was released. If you used dry ice, this will be under a lot of pressure so be careful when venting. Using safety gear, open the container and vent off as much gas as you can. Replace the lid and let the container sit for 30 minutes.
The container should stop getting cold at this point.
Open the container and pour out most of the liquid. You need to dispose of the dry ice now so that your mom or dad won’t find it and ask questions. Make sure the area around you is very well ventilated before touching or moving the container since it will still be very cold.
At this point you can dispose of the liquid. You can flush it down the toilet, pour it onto the ground somewhere or just throw it away. It shouldn’t be a big deal since you aren’t making that much, any excess can just go down the drain when you’re done.
You now have dry ice left over, if any is left that is. If so, put the dry ice in a container and keep it in your freezer until you need to make more dry ice solution.
Congratulations! You’ve now made dry ice!
Experiment with the dry ice to see what you can do. You can freeze things like vinegar (might need to use warm water to help it freeze) or make smoke bombs. Just pour some of the liquid into a container, add some table salt and then add a metal nail(s). Put the lid on, wrap the container in a towel and punch five or six holes in it with the nail.
Let it sit for a few minutes and then throw it against a hard surface.
You can also make a solution of alcohol or acetone and pour that on dry ice to watch the smoke rise.
Remember, be very careful with dry ice since it can cause frostbite and you don’t want to breathe in the smoke. Also, be sure to dispose of it in a place where neither you nor any animals can get to it since eating or drinking it can be very dangerous.
Have fun and be safe!
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