Clorox® Ultimate Care and Clorox®2 with HE Machines

Q. After inheriting LG front loaders in our new house that came with a horrendous odor I have been perplexed about laundry. I have been doing laundry for over 18 years and used Whirlpool Front loaders for 4 years with never any issue. I got rid of the LG machines and purchased Maytag Bravo 850 HE Top Loading machine. I have since been doing a lot of research on the best products to use in the machine and I had some questions for you on Clorox products.

Clorox® Ultimate Care Bleach
• Is it safe to use in an HE machine? If yes, should it go in the bleach dispenser? (because it is thicker is this OK)
• It is recommended that using bleach weekly in your laundry helps suppress the growth of mold & mildew – is this true if using Ultimate Care Bleach ?
• Can you use Ultimate Care Bleach to run thru the Clean Washer Cycle or should you use Clorox HE Bleach for this? Or is the safest and best bet for HE machines HE Clorox Bleach?

Clorox® 2
• Is this just a detergent booster?
• Is it a non-chlorine bleach or is it not a bleach product?
• My new machine has an Oxi dispenser – is this where I would put the Clorox 2 or should it go in the detergent dispenser with the detergent?
• If you use this do why would you need bleach?
• Is Clorox2 similar to Oxi Clean?

A. It is great you have so many questions about the different laundry products you can use in your HE machine—this will definitely help you get the most out of your machine. Let’s take a look at each of the products you have questions about.

Clorox® Ultimate Care Bleach is safe to use in HE machines, and should be added using the bleach dispenser. Just be sure to select an extra rinse cycle. This will ensure that the thickeners will be rinsed from the load. The thickeners are important for making a product that can be used to pre-treat stains on white items directly, my favorite use of the product. However, in order for it to be safe enough to pour directly onto fabric (something you should never do with regular bleach) it does have a lower hypochlorite active level. Therefore, Clorox® Regular-Bleach or Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner are the appropriate products to use to run your Clean Washer cycle. Also, note that the High Efficiency Bleach has been discontinued, and we are in the process of updating the videos that mention using Clorox® products in HE machines.

Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster is designed to work with a laundry detergent to provide better cleaning and stain removal than you would get with detergent alone. In addition to brighteners and cleaning agents (surfactants) both products also are oxygen bleaches that are safe for washable colored fabrics that would be damaged by the hypochlorite active in Clorox® Regular-Bleach. The powdered formulation also contains enzymes, which further aid with stain removal.

Clorox2® and Oxi-Clean are similar in that they are both laundry additives and oxygen bleaches, but they do have different formulas and are made by different companies. On your Bravos 850, add either liquid or powdered Clorox2® to the Oxi dispenser, and be sure to select “oxi treat stains” from the options menu. You need to do this so the dispenser will automatically add the Clorox2® to the washer. This is different than selecting the “Sanitary with Oxi” cycle with the control knob, which is a 1 hour and 30 minute cycle that super heats the water to achieve sanitizing with an oxygen based laundry additive.

As far as why you would need regular-bleach if you have the option of running the Sanitary with Oxi Cycle, cycle length is a big reason. Of all bleaches, only Clorox® Regular-Bleach is an EPA registered disinfectant that works without needing the clothes washer to have an internal heater to get the water up to a high enough temperature to sanitize (which takes a very long time). Plus it has been proven on a wide variety of different bacterium and viruses—I am not sure how broad the sanitizing claim is for the Sanitary with Oxy Cycle.

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