October 03, 2019

The Not-So-Secret Sauce: Hydrogen-Peroxide

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The Not-So-Secret Sauce: Hydrogen-Peroxide

In case you haven’t noticed, our team at Purified Cotton is extremely involved in making sure they manufacture top-quality cotton with minimal environmental impact. And since we all expect our cotton to be the clean, white, finished product we see on the shelves, there are many steps we must take to ensure that. 

So what are manufacturers, like Barnhardt, to do when they want to reach a standard for whitened cotton?

In the past, many cotton processing many companies have used a form of ‘bleaching’ to achieve the stark white color we are accustomed to seeing; this bleaching was often done with chlorine. We realized the necessity of advancing our process and we gave it the perfect name–the 12 Hour Purification Process! Purification is a high level process of cleaning and washing cotton fiber.

Hydrogen peroxide molecule. Bam! Science.

In an effort to be more sustainable our processes, the Purified Cotton team has replaced all chlorinated products used in purification. While bleach certainly did its job well, we found a better way: hydrogen peroxide!

Is hydrogen peroxide really eco-friendly?

Definitely. This compound is basically water with an oxygen molecule. It’s naturally-occurring, formed by sunlight acting on water, and is produced by both plant and animal cells. 

From field to shelf.

But how does it perform when it comes to biodegradability?

We have good news! Hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water and oxygen molecules. And the best part about it? It breaks quickly and efficiently.

Keep it clean.

What makes hydrogen peroxide more eco-friendly than bleach?

Hydrogen peroxide has virtually none of the environmental and health concerns that chlorine bleach has. Hydrogen peroxide at particularly high concentrations approaching 35% can pose some risks to those who don’t take proper handling-precautions in industrial settings. However, there are no short-term or long-term disadvantages and outfight threats to the environment, unlike bleach. Hydrogen peroxide is gentle, easier to handle (safely), and does a great job in cleaning and whitening cotton. 

Speaking of cleaning, how does hydrogen peroxide disinfect?

One of the most sought-after benefits of hydrogen peroxide is that it kills and prohibits the growth of many types of bacteria. Resulting in the softest, cleanest cotton possible.

About Purified Cotton

Purified Cotton™ is 100% pharmaceutical grade purity—nothing more, no surprises, no chemicals, toxins, or contaminants. It’s the highest grade of cotton available to the world, best for contact with sensitive human skin, and the only grade that can truthfully be called pure.