Perborates, which are usually readily soluble in water, are used as bleaching agents (including in detergents in the past ) and also as disinfectants . The frequently used sodium perborate is mostly biodegradable, but sometimes with extremely long degradation times. The decline in the use of detergents and detergents has led to a reduction in boron concentrations in wastewater .
The syllable Per in perborate is part of the brand name Persil .
- G. Metzner, G. Lind, L. Nitschke: Survey of boron levels in aquatic environments in Germany . In: Tenside, Surfactants, Detergents . 36 (6), 1999, 364-378