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Removing Yellow Splotches from a White Silk Blouse

April 20, 2017

Q. I have a white silk blouse that got bleach on it and now has yellow splotches all over. Is there any way to get this out? —Claudia A. Hi Claudia; I wish I had better news for you, but the discoloration is permanent. Silk (along with wool, mohair, leather… Read More

Removing Tough Stains from Dish Towels

April 20, 2017

Q. My dish towels and cloths can become quite stained from cooking, etc. What can I use to get them really clean? I have been using other detergents, but they do not come spot-free. —Romain A. Hi Romain; Dish towels definitely are a cleaning and whitening challenge given all the… Read More

Using Bleach to Remove Dark Urine Stains on Carpet

April 20, 2017

Q. When we removed carpet pet urine stains, they were dark in places. Wonder if bleach can be used? —Sherry A. Hi Sherry; Do you know if your carpet is a synthetic (nylon, olefin/polypropylene, polyester) or if it is wool? If it is wool, call a carpet cleaning service sooner… Read More

Removing Crayon from Colored Clothing

April 20, 2017

Q. I still don’t know how to remove crayon from colored clothes. Help! —Jayvon A. Hi There; That’s a really old post-written 10 years ago by the first Dr. Laundry, who retired in 2010. Did you try any of his suggestions? I take a little different approach with crayon stains… Read More

Can I Add Clorox to the Steam Cleaner I Rented?

April 20, 2017

Q. Can I add Clorox to the steam cleaner I rented? —Anonymous A. Hi There! I know you can mix up a bleach and water solution for a power washer, but I am not so sure about steam cleaners. I have never tried it. It would be especially problematic if… Read More

Removing Rust Stains Out of Clothes

April 20, 2017

Q. How do you get rust stains out of clothes? —Nola A. Hi Nola; Rust stains are particularly limited in what will effectively take them out. Most importantly, it’s critical to note that rust stains can NOT be removed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 (or any chlorine bleach for that matter). Read More

Removing Dried, Set-In Ink Stains from a White Comforter

April 14, 2017

Q: I washed my bedding and went to dry it. Little did I know there was a pen in the dryer! The pen melted and got ink all over my bedding. My pillowcases came out unharmed, but my sheets and comforter did not, unfortunately. My comforter is white, so I… Read More

Removing an Already-Washed Sloppy Joe Stain

April 14, 2017

Q: How do I get a Sloppy Joe stain out of my shirt that’s already been washed? Lindsay A: Hi Lindsay; This is a great question, and very timely given how many Sloppy Joes get eaten while people watch football playoff games and the Super Bowl! It sounds like you’ve… Read More

Removing Cheese Puff Dust on White Shirt and Suede Shoes

April 14, 2017

Q: I got some puke stains of a certain cheese puff snack on a white shirt and suede leather shoes the other night when I drank too much vodka. Any advice on how to clean them? Thanks, Sami A: Hi Sami; Typically, vomit stains that are predominantly stomach acid are… Read More

A Denim State of Mind

January 25, 2017

If you love denim as much as I do, 2017 is off to a great start now that denim is the Official State Fabric of California! It all started when AB501 (hmmm… “501,” that’s clever) was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in… Read More

Nail Polish Stains on Corduroy Pants

January 25, 2017

Q: How do I get nail polish out of my corduroy pants? —Susan A: Hi Susan, I wish I had a solid recommendation for you, but in my experience, nail polish stains on fabric are generally permanent. Lots of websites recommend using nail polish remover to blot away nail polish… Read More

Removing Bled Dye from White Cotton Terrycloth Robe

January 25, 2017

Q: I washed plaid cotton blend (navy blue and white) with white cotton terrycloth robe. Now have pale blue blotches on robe. Thx for any help you can give me? —April UPDATE: Hi Dr. Laundry, I tried your remedy for my blue splotched bathrobe. Worked perfectly, didn’t have to repeat. Read More

Removing Underarm Deodorant Stains from Cotton Clothing

September 10, 2016

Q: How do you remove underarm deodorant from cotton clothing? A: I get lots of different questions about deodorant and underarm stains, which I realize mean different things to different people. These stains are hugely problematic because they are highly variable from person to person and garment to garment. I don’t always get… Read More

How Do I Remove Dried Stains?

September 3, 2016

Q: How to get out dried in stains? A: It’s frustrating to find a stain on a garment after you pull the item out of the dryer! Stains are so much harder to get out when they’ve been exposed to dryer heat, which is much hotter than many people realize. Fortunately, for many stains… Read More

How Do I Get Rust Off My Clothes?

August 25, 2016

Q: How do I get rust off my clothes? A: I get this question a lot! Rust stains are particularly limited in what will effectively take them out. Most importantly, it’s critical to note that rust stains can NOT be removed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 (or any chlorine bleach for that matter).  You need… Read More

How To Remove Oil From A Basketball Jersey

August 24, 2016

Q: My washer broke down and got hydraulic fluid all over my whites including my reversible two layer white/navy blue basketball jersey. How do I get this out? I am in desperate need of assistance, Dr. Laundry! A: This is quite a problem because your basketball jersey is probably made of synthetic fibers,… Read More

How To Remove An Old Stain From A Shirt

August 23, 2016

Q: Can you please suggest how to clean my shirt that has an old stain? I have already tried it normally but I could not get it out. A: Do you have any idea what caused the stain?  If you don’t, then since the stain is on a shirt there’s a good possibility… Read More

How To Remove Cat Poop From A Mattress

August 17, 2016

Q: How can I remove cat poop from a mattress? A: I’m guessing the discoloration from the cat poop leaked through the sheets onto the mattress, but if not (maybe your cat got on your mattress while you were cleaning the mattress cover) and you have dried solids on the mattress,… Read More

Is There Another Way to Sanitize Linens?

August 11, 2016

Q: I would like to sanitize some sheets & blankets that are multi-colored. I was thinking of using bleach in my HE washer with regular detergent, but I don’t want to ruin them. How can I test them first to make sure they won’t be ruined? It’s not a question… Read More

Removing Stains from White Clothes

August 10, 2016

Q: I had put my summer clothes away last year. I put them in a clean tote and lined the tote with clear plastic. Sealed it. Opened the bag this summer and found some yellow stains on a few of my white shirts and white pants. Any advice on what I… Read More

How Do I Get Spray Paint Out Of A White Shirt?

July 19, 2016

Q: How do I get spray paint out of a white shirt? A: I get lots of questions about paint stains.  It’s definitely one of the more challenging stains because of the nature of paint:  it’s designed to adhere to a surface, dry quickly and stay there, which is a… Read More

How Do You Remove Rust?

July 19, 2016

Q: How do I remove rust?   A: Rust stains are particularly limited in what will effectively take them out.  Most importantly, it’s critical to note that rust stains can NOT be removed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach (or any chlorine bleach for that matter).  You need to use a… Read More

How Do I Get A Cooking Oil Stain Out Of A Shirt?

July 19, 2016

Q: How do I get a cooking oil stain out of a t shirt? A: You didn’t mention the color of the t-shirt or the fiber content.  That’s OK—I’ve got several different options for you to try based on what’s common for a typical t-shirt. A really effective product to use… Read More

How Do I Get Strawberries Out Of a White Cotton Blouse?

June 28, 2016

Q: How do I get out strawberries from a white cotton blouse? A: You can easily pretreat your strawberry stain before washing, but before you do, check the care label just to make sure your cotton blouse doesn’t have any spandex.  It’s getting more and more common to have white… Read More

Tips For Rust Stain Treatments For Carpeting?

June 28, 2016

Q: Rust stain treatments for carpeting? A: I’m so sorry to hear about your carpet.  Rust stains are particularly limited in what will effectively take them out when you just have to deal with them on fabric!  Most importantly, it’s critical to note that rust stains can NOT be removed… Read More

How to remove red dye out of white clothes?

June 28, 2016

Q: How to remove red dye out of white clothes? A: For the white items that picked up the red dye, first check each care label to identify the fiber content of each item so you know which ones are bleachable. You should always avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, and… Read More

Black dye on white dress shirt. What do I do ?

May 23, 2016

Q: Black dye on white dress shirt says not to use bleach or hot water . What do I do ? Already tried Clorox stain remover didn’t work A: Thanks for sending the care instructions, which might be taking it a little too easy on the white shirt.  White cotton… Read More

How Do I Get Vape Juice Out Of Clothing?

May 4, 2016

Q: How do I get vape juice out of clothing? A: Thanks for sending in your question—it’s one I haven’t received before but I guess given the popularity of e-cigarettes you may not be alone in this problem.  I don’t actually have any experience with vaping myself, so I don’t… Read More

How To Remove Rust Stains?

April 21, 2016

Q: My husband recently had knee surgery and we have a CPM machine on our fabric couch, which moves his knee for him. We happened to move the machine today and noticed that two screws have put rust all along the upholstery.  How can we remove the rust without ruining… Read More

How Do You Get Permanent Marker Out Of Pink Pants?

March 23, 2016

Q:  How Do You Get Permanent Marker Out Of Pink Pants?   A: While regular marker stains can be easily removed by pretreating with liquid Clorox2® before washing, permanent marker stains are just that, permanent!  Just in case you end up with a non-permanent marker stain in the future,… Read More

How Do You Get Out Bleach Stains?

March 23, 2016

Q:  How Do You Get Out Bleach Stains A: How large are the bleach stains and what color is the item with the stains on it?  Discoloration from accidental bleach exposure typically can’t be reversed, but sometimes you can camouflage it by using a felt pen to color in the… Read More

How do I get out pet vomit from a rug?

March 7, 2016

Q:  How do I get out pet vomit from a rug? A: Vomit stains on clothing that come out pretty easily with the proper treatment before washing are such a pain when they are on something like a rug that you can’t easily launder.  Our old dog with the sensitive… Read More

How do I get rid of a water stain out of my UGG boots?

February 18, 2016

Q: How do I get rid of a water stain out of my UGG boots? A: Dirty or stained UGG boots are a cleaning challenge because they are constructed of a material (sheepskin) that is more difficult to care for and is limited in the different types of cleaning agents… Read More

How Do I Remove Curry Stains From Clothing?

February 12, 2016

Q: How Do I Remove Curry Stains From Clothing? A: Curries can vary widely–from the spices used to the meat, tofu, or vegetables cooked in the sauce.  Since most curry sauces start with a little oil used to brown the meat or sauté vegetables, it’s important to consider that first… Read More

How Do You Remove Black Ink From A White Shirt?

January 29, 2016

Q:  I was wondering, how would you get a spot of black ink off of a white shirt? A:  Ink varies in how difficult it is to remove because not all ink is created equal, and the type of ink matters more than the color.  Inks from gel pens and… Read More

How do you remove nail polish from shirt and pants?

January 29, 2016

Q: How do you remove nail polish from shirt and pants? A:  I wish I had a solid recommendation for you, but in my experience nail polish stains on fabric are generally permanent.  Lots of websites recommend using nail polish remover to blot away nail polish stains, but I have… Read More

I’ve got blue paint on my shirt. Can you help?

January 27, 2016

Q: I’ve got blue paint on my shirt. Can you help? A: I hope I can help!  A lot depends on the paint.  Washable paints like children’s craft paint can often come out with a little pretreating.  But other paints, like the acrylics that artists use or household paint generally… Read More

How Do I Remove Yellow Stains From White Linen?

January 27, 2016

Q: I have a white linen suit that was packed in cartons with other clothes. When I finally opened the box after a year, I found yellow stains on the collar. How do I remove the stains? A: While yellowish stains that appear on white items during storage can be… Read More

My daughter had a crayon in her jacket when I washed and dried it. Well our clothes had pink crayon on it when I removed them from the dryer. I sprayed with Oxy Clean Max and then put them in the washer on sanitize hoping the crayon would come out. IT DID! But, now I have clothes that are not pink, but they have a pink tint. Help!

January 25, 2016

Q: My daughter had a crayon in her jacket when I washed and dried it. Well our clothes had pink crayon on it when I removed them from the dryer. I sprayed with Oxy Clean Max and then put them in the washer on sanitize hoping the crayon would come… Read More

How can I get glue out of my silk dress?

January 15, 2016

Q: How can I get glue out of my silk dress?   A: What an interesting combination: glue on silk!  I would start by checking the care label on the silk dress.  Some silk garments can be hand washed or machine washed on the delicate cycle, and if that’s the… Read More

How do you get paint out of pants?

January 9, 2016

  Q: How do you get paint out of pants?   A: Paint stains vary in difficulty of removal based on the wide variety of paint out there.  From washable children’s craft paint (easiest) to latex wall paint (not too bad if you can get to it right away before… Read More

How do you remove markers from clothing?

January 5, 2016

Q: How do you remove markers from clothing that a two-year-old colored on?   A: Hopefully this means you have a little Picasso!  It does sound like you have at least a few items to get stains out of, so start by checking the care labels.  You will need to pretreat… Read More

How do I remove a rust stain from any garment?

January 5, 2016

Q: How do I remove a rust stain from any garment?   A: It’s difficult to recommend a treatment that is appropriate for a single type of stain on any and all fabrics since different textile fibers, from cotton to wool to polyester to silk, respond differently to different wash chemistries… Read More

How can I get vehicle oil out of jeans?

January 3, 2016

Q: How can I get vehicle oil out of jeans?   A: Whether you call it vehicle oil or engine grease, it’s one of the most challenging stains to get out.  It is very helpful to start with a strong solubilizer/solvent that is appropriate for fabric.  There are a few different… Read More

What should I do about tomato sauce on silk?

December 31, 2015

Q: What should I do about tomato sauce on silk?   A: Silk is such a problem to properly clean.  While some silks are treated in a way that makes hand washing them possible, others are not.  Not knowing what type of silk item your stain is on, it makes the… Read More

How do I get my towels and bed linens really bright white?

December 2, 2015

Q:  How do I get my towels and bed linens really bright white? I recently stayed at a luxury hotel where the towels and linens seemed so white they were giving off light. How can I get my towels and linens that white?     A: Thanks for sending in… Read More

How do I get mold off of cloth couches?

December 1, 2015

Q: How do I get mold off of cloth couches? A lot of mold?   A: Can you tell me a little bit more about the furniture?  If it is outdoor furniture covered with fabric that is colorfast to bleach (Sunbrella is one example) then there’s actually a good chance… Read More

How do I get rid of tamales stain on clothing?

November 13, 2015

Q: How do I get rid of tamales stain on clothing?   A: Just like delicious tamales require extra time and care to prepare, getting out a tamale stain also requires a little extra attention! Since it’s a combination stain, you have to treat the oil component first, and then… Read More

Can I Use Clorox2 On Silk?

November 1, 2015

Q: Can I use Clorox2 on silk?   A: This is a simple question that actually benefits from a somewhat involved answer.  Usually, any garment or fabric that can be safely washed with detergent can also be washed with Clorox2®.  But I hesitate to say that this applies to… Read More

What Is The Best Way To Remove Cooking Oil Stains?

September 30, 2015

Q: What is the best way to remove cooking oil stains? I splatter oil (olive, canola or veggie) on my clothes while cooking all the time. Sometimes it comes out with spray stain remover and sometimes it doesn’t. A: Thanks for sending in your question—it’s a… Read More

How Do You Remove Oil Stains From Whites?

September 21, 2015

Q: I have four white shirts which have developed weird yellow spots all over them in random places. Mainly present around the cuffs, collar, pocket, sleeve. I can’t understand what the reason behind these stains is. These shirts are a part of my uniform and I can’t do… Read More

How Do I Get Ink Out Of Clothes?

September 14, 2015

Q: How do I get ink marks out of clothes,  purses, and jackets? Most importantly clothes because for some reason all of us seem to get ink stains on our shirts pants etc. Please help with any suggestions you may have. Thank You A: This… Read More

How Can I Get My Cloth Napkins Back To White?

September 11, 2015

Q: I use cloth napkins at home and on the go. Sometimes, I keep my apple cores wrapped in my napkins until I can get to my compost bin at home but it leaves a brown stain I can never get out. I also use cloth napkins to… Read More

How Do I Remove Sunscreen Stains From Towels And Sheets?

August 29, 2015

Q:  I am getting yellow stains left in my towels and sheets and I believe it is from a sunscreen. Can you give me any suggestions on how to remove these yellow stains? A: Thanks for reaching out with your question about hotel sheets and towels. … Read More

How can I remove black ink from felt tip pens?

August 20, 2015

Q: How can I remove black ink from felt tip pens? A: Thanks for sending in your question!  For felt pens and markers on colored fabric, first pretreat with a little liquid Clorox2®.  Just apply a little directly to the stain, rub it in, and… Read More

I Would Like To Get Permanent Marker Out Of My Bathing Suit

May 6, 2015

Q: I would like to get permanent marker out of my bathing suit . It’s a white crochet fabric on the outside. I wrote my name inside & when my sister sprayed it with the water hose it bled and ran. I tried scrubbing with Tide/bleach, but it won’t completely… Read More

I had a pen explode in my dryer during a load of whites!

May 1, 2015

Q: I had a pen explode in my dryer during a load of whites. I have attempted to re-wash them and re-wash them with 3/4 cup of bleach added in. Nothing has worked yet! It ruined my favorite / most expensive clothes. Please help!! A: If only your pen could have… Read More

How Do I Remove Paint From My Clothes?

April 29, 2015

Q: I got paint on a favorite T doing earth day activities with my kindergarteners! I’ve tried all my tricks but it still shows. It was just tempera!   A: Paint is generally difficult to remove from fabric, but it’s not necessarily impossible.  The sooner you can get to the… Read More

Is It Okay To Bleach Items With a Logo On Them?

April 22, 2015

Q: I have just noticed a stain on two items of my clothing. One is a white polo shirt and the other a normal t-shirt material. I’ve tried using a stain remover, soaking it and pre treating it but no joy. My next thought was bleach. Will it be okay… Read More

How Do You Remove A Rust Stain

April 15, 2015

Q: How do you remove a rust stain?   A: Unfortunately rust stains can NOT be removed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach (or any chlorine bleach for that matter).  You need to use a rust remover product instead.  These can be found at hardware stores—just be sure to read and follow… Read More

Help Fix My Stained Pink Pants

April 10, 2015

Q: I washed my pink pants with blue jeans and ruined my pink pants! A: I’m sorry to hear about your pink pants!  The good news is you might be able to use a bleach and water solution to get any blue color off the pink.  You can only do… Read More

Removing Stains From Polyester

April 7, 2015

Q:  I have a light blue run on a white polyester shirt from washing a color with a white. How do I get it out?   A: That’s lucky that your shirt is white polyester—that’s a really easy fiber type to get fugitive dye off of.  I would still double… Read More

How To Remove Grease Stains

April 6, 2015

Q: I have some clothes that have grease stains on them. I use Shout, do i need to turn clothes inside out, get it wet and spray?  I dont know how to get the stain out.   A: Greasy stains definitely need to be pre-treated before washing, and it’s best… Read More

How do you remove rust stains from linen?

March 28, 2015

Q: How do you remove rust stains from linen? A: Thanks for sending in your question.  Unfortunately rust stains can NOT be removed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach (or any product containing chlorine bleach for that matter).  You need to use a rust remover product instead, and these can be found… Read More

How To Remove Acrylic Paint From Polyester

March 26, 2015

Q: How do you remove acrylic paint from polyester A: Your question is very interesting.  Acrylic paint is a very problematic stain.  While wet it is water soluble, but once cured (dried) it is insoluble and therefore permanent.  So it may be too late… Read More

How to remove ink from clothes

March 19, 2015

Q: How to remove ink from clothes?   A: I wish I knew a little more about what item you have an ink stain on, and what type of ink it is, because that information affects how you might treat the stain for removal.  In general, I recommend a… Read More

Removing Stains From a Shirt

March 16, 2015

Q: I have a white Mammoth Mountain shirt with a nasty stain around the belly button area on the shirt.  I have tried Shout, Clorox2® and OxyClean and the stain still won’t come out.  My last option is Pure old Clorox Bleach.  I do not want to ruin the… Read More

Removing Flower Stains From a White Shirt

March 5, 2015

Q: I was carrying a flower arrangement and got an orange stain on my shirt. I’ve used Clorox, Oxyclean, Shout & Dawn with no results. Please help   A: Did the arrangement have lilies in it?  If that’s the case then the stain could be from the pollen-rich anther.  Because… Read More

How Do I Remove a Black Stain From My Shirt?

February 6, 2015

Q: I have a black stain on my golf shirt where it touches my belt.  A: The color that rubbed off your belt and onto your shirt can probably be removed by pretreating the stain first before washing.  What you use to pretreat depends on what color the shirt… Read More

How do you get dye out of a white shirt?

February 3, 2015

Q: How do you get dye out of a white shirt? The dye is pink. A: This is such a great question—it sounds like maybe you had dye transfer from one item to another, probably during the wash cycle.  There are a couple of remedies you can try to get… Read More

How do I get red dye out of fabric?

January 31, 2015

Q: I washed a new quilt and the red fabric color faded onto everything else. What do I do? A: Dye transfer problems are so disheartening. Usually items that pick up color can be restored—that’s the good news!  The challenge here will be adapting the techniques that work on smaller… Read More

How To Remove Wine Stains From Carpet

January 27, 2015

Q:  I spilled an entire glass of Merlot on off white Berber carpeting!  HELP!! A: What a disaster! You probably will have to bring in a professional carpet cleaner to get the stain all the way out, but there are a few things you can do now to increase the… Read More

How To Wash Jeans and Help Prevent Fading

January 23, 2015

Have you been thinking that the New Year is the perfect excuse to shop for a new pair of denim blue jeans? Sure, you probably love your new jeans, at least until you’ve worn them a few times and need to wash them. Then it’s the same old problem: getting… Read More

How do you remove yellow cigarette smoke stains from polyester?

January 10, 2015

Q: How do you remove the yellow stain from cigarette smoke in a polyester jersey? A: While I don’t have any personal experience with cigarette or nicotine stains, and they aren’t part of our standard test protocol for developing or improving our products, I do hope I can share some… Read More

Removing stains from carpet

December 16, 2014

Q: HELP! I caught my youngest son spitting red Gatorade at his brother in our living room the other day. This room has multi toned brown to beige carpeting and we keep it very dark in there. Since I was extremely sick I didn’t even notice that he had actually… Read More

How do I get red dye out of vinyl?

December 9, 2014

Q :  How do I get red dye out of vinyl?   A:  Great question!  Here’s some good news: vinyl fabrics (even colored ones) can generally be safely treated with a Clorox® Regular-Bleach and water solution, so you have a pretty good chance of success.  Even so, you should still… Read More

Trouble with Dye Transfer

December 9, 2014

Q : My wife washed all of our whites with khaki clothes. Now all the whites are a light tan color and not white white anymore. We have a HE machine and I filled the bleach dispenser up to the max fill line and Tide Plus in the detergent dispenser.   After… Read More

How to remove stains from polyester garments

October 20, 2014

  Q: My hubby gets food stains on these shirts, and I have been using “De Solv It” spray.  I have now noticed that his two white shirts have picked up all-over shadowy like stains.  How can I get rid of these?     A:  To restore shirts if they… Read More

Tips on how to remove olive oil & balsamic vinegar stains

October 16, 2014

Q: How do I remove olive oil & balsamic vinegar stains from a shirt?   A: This is a classic combination stain, so it’s best to work on the oily component first, because you need to break up the oil before any bleach product can go after the colored component. … Read More

Treating Hamburger Grease

July 4, 2014

What’s good for getting out grease from hamburgers? Happy 4th of July! With BBQ season really kicking in, this is a very timely question! A great technique for getting out greasy burger drips is to jumpstart cleaning by first pretreating them with a little liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you… Read More

Treating Flower Pollen

July 2, 2014

How can I remove flower pollen that got on my clothes? A big bouquet of lilies may be beautiful, but they can lead to problems when pollen comes into contact with fabric. The good news is the resulting stain can be removed! You can make the job easier by getting… Read More

Denim Care, Part 2

June 30, 2014

Once I got over the “ick” factor of the suggestion that blue jeans can go a year without washing, I gave a little thought to the idea of what steps it would take to keep a dark item looking as close to new for as long as possible.  To be… Read More

Denim Care, Part 1

June 27, 2014

Amazing—You may have seen the news that a well-known denim industry leader , announced that he hasn’t washed his favorite pair of blue jeans in a year, and that by spot treating and occasionally putting them in the freezer, they are clean and don’t smell.  I don’t believe it—yes, he… Read More

Washing Red Gauze

January 17, 2014

How do I wash a red gauze dress without it bleeding? Red garments are notorious for bleeding, so it’s really good to be aware of that! It’s actually pretty typical for darker colored items to have dye come off in the wash water the first few times they are washed,… Read More

Treating an Unknown Stain

January 15, 2014

I have many nice golf shirts with unknown stains on the front. These are possibly from my small dog, who loves to lay on my stomach. These are expensive shirts that have been washed (cold), but dried.  It sounds like you have a nice dog, and if your dog is… Read More

Removing Foundation Marks on Towels

January 13, 2014

How do you clean makeup (foundation) stains from washcloths that have already been through the wash several times. Can they be restored to the original white color? This is a great question! How helpful that the washcloths are white—that gives you more options for getting the stains out! Since it… Read More

Removing Deodorant Stains Part Two

January 4, 2014

    I love white and wear a lot of white, but my roll-on deodorant stains quite badly under the armpits – it only takes a few wears before it starts to look really bad! I haven’t been able to get rid of them just by using bleach in the washing… Read More

Removing-Deodorant-Stains

January 3, 2014

I love white and wear a lot of white, but my roll-on deodorant stains quite badly under the armpits – it only takes a few wears before it starts to look really bad! I haven’t been able to get rid of them just by using bleach in the washing machine. Just… Read More

Removing Old Stains

December 30, 2013

I have some old stains on a top that is mostly white with patterns on it. How do I get them safely removed without ruining my shirt?  You may be able to safely bleach the top (and I actually expect that you can) depending on what it’s made of… Read More

Removing Butter Stains

December 28, 2013

How do you get a butter stain out of a men’s tie when traveling? Butter comes out pretty easily when pretreated with a little liquid dishwashing detergent. But that probably isn’t included in one of the little bottles in the hotel room! Those are probably shampoo or body wash, and… Read More

How To Remove A Collar Ring Stain

December 23, 2013

How do I remove a collar ring stain?    The “ring around the collar” stain is a combination of sweat and body soil that has rubbed off the neck and onto the inside collar of a shirt, and can be difficult to remove when it has been allowed to build… Read More

Removing Stains on Down Comforters

November 15, 2013

How do I remove an enchilada sauce stain from my down comforter?   Enchilada sauce is a combination stain with an oily component and either tomatoes or tomatillos depending on whether it’s a red or green sauce. It’s not the most difficult stain to get out, BUT having it on… Read More

Bleaching Clothes that Became Discolored in the Wash

November 8, 2013

I had a red garment ruin all my light colors.  How do I get rid of these pink stains?   When dye transfer is the problem, items that can be safely laundered with Clorox® Regular-Bleach can usually be restored with a bleach soaking solution. Some colored items actually are… Read More

Removing Sweat Stains

November 4, 2013

I recently purchased 600 thread count, cream-colored sheets and have been using them ever since. Unfortunately, my husband is a warm sleeper and now there are yellowed areas on our new sheets. Is it safe to bleach them?   Because the sheets are 100% cotton, you can definitely launder them… Read More

Bleaching Colored Sports Clothing

October 30, 2013

Would it be okay to use bleach on my white baseball pants if they have two blue stripes on the sides? Is there anywhere on the pants that the blue stripes are hidden? Perhaps the inside at the hem or waistband? It would be great if you could first… Read More

Removing Rust Stains

October 25, 2013

How can I treat a rust stain? Unfortunately rust stains can NOT be removed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach or any other products with any sodium hypochlorite bleach active. You need to use a rust remover product instead, and these can usually be found at hardware stores. Just be sure… Read More

Bleaching Multi-Colored Items

October 23, 2013

I have a cotton print top with a white background whose colors have run in the cold wash cycle. How can I remove the unwanted color but still keep the garment’s pattern? If the colored part is transfer-printed onto the white fabric (as in iron-on or heat transfer), then… Read More

Removing Deodorant Stains

October 12, 2013

How can I remove the white deodorant marks out of a knit top? For a light smear of deodorant that happened when you were putting on the top, try pretreating the stain before washing. Your pretreating method depends on the shirt. For white, bleachable fabrics (100% cotton, 100%… Read More

Bleaching Small Items

October 4, 2013

How do I bleach shoestrings?? To whiten shoelaces like the cotton ones on athletic shoes and sneakers, you can try soaking them in a solution of 3 tablespoons Clorox® Regular-Bleach added to 1 gallon of water. Start by putting the shoelaces in a lingerie bag. This will prevent… Read More

Removing Underarm Odor from T-Shirts

September 27, 2013

How can I remove underarm odor from my t-shirts? ? First, consider your overall cleaning habits. Be sure you are washing in warm or hot water whenever possible, the hotter the water, the better the cleaning. Use care labels to guide you in your temperature choice. Also, be sure… Read More

Removing Tomato Stains from Colored T-Shirts

September 11, 2013

How do I remove a tomato stain from a yellow t-shirt? I get lots of questions about spaghetti and tomato sauce stains, and there are a few different solutions for treating them! If you’ve got a stain from a tomato by itself, then you can pretreat it with… Read More

Treating Worn, Grayed Whites

September 9, 2013

Is it possible to get old, grayed whites white again? How easy it will be for you to whiten your items, depends somewhat on how they got that way. Here are some factors that affect cleaning that you may be able to change now to prevent the dingy gray… Read More

Removing Mildew Stains from Fabric

September 6, 2013

How do I remove mildew stains from colored fabric? Mildewed textiles need to be treated right. If you are not sure if your item can be bleached, you can do a quick bleachability test to check: add 1 ½ teaspoons of Clorox® Regular-Bleach to ¼ cup water (or… Read More

Washing Comforters

August 26, 2013

How do I bleach my white comforter? First, it’s best to wash your comforter in a front loading washing machine since it’s large and bulky. If you don’t have one, laundromats have front loading washers and also have large capacity dryers, which can make it easier to tumble dry… Read More

Removing hair dye stains from a colored t-shirt

August 23, 2013

I had my hair dyed recently and some got on my green graphic tee. How can I remove this stain? Hair dye is quite a problem because it is so concentrated, and since your shirt is colored, you are limited to treating the stain with products that contain hydrogen… Read More

Treating Yellowed Stained Collars on White Shirts

August 21, 2013

How do I remove a year-old yellow stain on neckline of white dress shirt? Stains that have been on clothing for long periods of time, are more problematic to get out since the longer a stain sits, the harder it is to remove. Also, if the shirt was tumble… Read More

Removing the pink when red clothes dye whites

August 20, 2013

How do I treat my white clothes that were turned pink from washing alongside red clothes? You should be able to restore the white items that picked up a pink color with a bleach soaking solution as long as the white items are safely bleachable. Note that you should… Read More

Removing hair dye stains from a rug

August 16, 2013

Any suggestions for removing semi-permanent hair dye from a rug? This is a pretty big challenge, rugs are harder to clean given they can’t fit in a clothes washer, and hair dye is a concentrated colorant. A good oxidant will help get the stain out, but it will likely… Read More

Treating Color Printed T-Shirts

August 12, 2013

Will bleach ruin a white t-shirt with colorful graphics? This is such a great question. I always bleach white 100% cotton screen or transfer printed t-shirts, and have never had a problem with bleach negatively affecting the color of the print. While there is always a chance that the color… Read More

Treating movie theater popcorn butter stains

August 6, 2013

How do I treat a stain from movie theater popcorn butter? Whether what you spilled is butter or butter-flavoring, you have a concentrated oil stain you need to deal with. These stains benefit from pretreating with a good liquid dishwashing detergent before following up with other products. That’s because… Read More

White Linen Storage Stains

August 2, 2013

I have some white linen tablecloths which haven’t been used for years and were stored in a wooden armoire that show storage stains at the folding sides. I used Clorox® Regular-Bleach a few times in the wash but the marks remain and remain. What can I do? I have… Read More

Odor Removal from a Dishrag

February 22, 2013

What can I use to remove the awful smell out of dishrag?If the dishrag is damp/wet on and off over a couple of days before you wash it, then odor causing bacteria is building up on the rag. If you only wash it with detergent, that’s not enough to sanitize… Read More

Color Bleeding in Spandex

February 20, 2013

I washed a new white top with spandex in it with light colors and now it is grey. How do I get it back to white? Your issue is dye transfer after just one cycle. Unfortunately, the fact that your top contains spandex means you won’t be able to use… Read More

Treating color bleeding in the wash

February 13, 2013

My husband washed my white skirt with some red sheets and my skirt is now pink. Is there any way that I can get it white again? You should be able to restore the skirt that picked up the pink color with a bleach soaking solution as long as the… Read More

Treating a salsa stain

February 6, 2013

I spilled some salsa in some khaki shorts. I tried Oil Soap and that helped a bit, but did not completely treat the stain. How do I get the rest out?I’m guessing you have a salsa stain on khaki shorts, which are either tan or olive green in color. I… Read More

Treating a sweatshirt with an emblem

January 16, 2013

I have a white hoodie with a school emblem on the front. The top of the front has yellowed and has some blue faded on it. How do I get it out without messing up the emblem? I’m afraid if I bleach that I will not be able to contain… Read More

Stained Bath Towels

January 7, 2013

When I wash my bath cloths the dark stains don’t come out, what is the problem?I wish I had a little more information—do you mean wash cloths and/or towels? I realize you may not know what the stain is—this happens when you don’t notice a stain until later! But for a bath… Read More

Removing pine sap

January 3, 2013

After taking down our Christmas tree, our clothes have little drops of pine sap in multiple places. Is this considered a stain, or can I simply wash them with detergent? Christmas trees are a wonderful Christmas tradition, but unfortunately pine sap is a very difficult stain to remove with typical… Read More

Treating a “ring around the collar”

January 2, 2013

The collar of my shirts get very dirty, how can I treat this? I’m guessing you have a shirt with “ring around the collar”, a combination of sweat and body soil that rubs off the neck and onto the inside collar of a shirt, leaving a dark stain that can… Read More

Treating lipstick marks

December 28, 2012

Whether under the mistletoe, at midnight or just after a big kiss from Grandma, lipstick marks are a frequent holiday stain! Lipstick is a combination stain of a greasy/oil part and dye, and you have to treat the oil portion of the stain first. To start, pre-treat the stain with… Read More

Removing stains from slush and road salt

December 19, 2012

During the winter I walk through that messy mixture of slush, mud, salt and road sand that leaves your clothes covered with splash spots. I just cannot get the stains out of my beige and khaki pants, no matter what stain treating products I use or how much I bleach… Read More

Using the bleach pen on cross-stitch aida cloth

December 17, 2012

Can I use your Bleach Pen on cross-stitch ivory aida cloth?I love the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel—it is definitely a product I can’t live without! Because it works so well, there’s a good chance it will not only remove whatever stain you have on your ivory colored aida cloth,… Read More

Removing a stubborn sticker from clothing

December 14, 2012

How do I get a stubborn sticker off my shirt?This question reminds me of the time I wore a nice rain jacket to a skating birthday party and the host slapped a sticker on it. When I pulled the sticker off, the finish on the jacket went with it! I… Read More

Removing “potty” smells from children’s clothing

December 12, 2012

I am potty training and my children seem to have accidents. It can stink pretty bad and is hard to get the smell out in the laundry. It’s not just in the underwear but in the blue jeans or pants they are wearing as well. I don’t have an issue… Read More

Removing Pine Tar from a cotton sweatshirt

December 10, 2012

How can I remove pine tar from my cotton sweatshirt? Pitch, tree sap, pine tar—whatever you call it, this is a very challenging stain to get out. Try treating the stain directly with DeSolvIt or Goo Gone, which you can find at hardware stores. You should first test for colorfastness… Read More

Removing gum from a suede coat

December 7, 2012

I got gum on my new suede coat. How do I get it off? This sticky problem actually has a pretty easy remedy: use ice cubes to freeze the gum and then gently scrape away the hardened chunks. The suede material of the jacket complicates things a bit—definitely check the… Read More

Washing an American Flag

December 3, 2012

I am washing a nylon American flag (Yes, washing the flag is OK!). The white stripes are a bit gray.  Is it safe to use Clorox2® for this? Also, should I wash in hot, warm or cold water? What an interesting project! Yes, you can use Clorox2® to whiten… Read More

Removing foundation from a white dress

November 21, 2012

I just noticed foundation all over my white dress. It has been there for more than a month. Can I still remove it?Make-up stains typically have both a color and an oily component, and it’s good to work on the oily component first by pretreating stains with a little liquid… Read More

Laundering one item with bleach

November 19, 2012

I have a stain on my white shirt. Since it is just one shirt, how can I use Clorox to take out the stain without having to run a load of laundry? This is a great question–a lot of times when people have a small stain on a white item,… Read More

Treating underarm yellowing

November 14, 2012

Is there a good way to get rid of underarm yellowing or do I just need to throw the shirt away? Is there any way to prevent that?Underarm stains are highly individualized. Each person’s body chemistry, combined with her choice of deodorant, make for a truly unique stain. Pre-treating the… Read More

Treating the “ring around the collar”

November 12, 2012

What causes “ring around the collar”? How does one prevent/get rid of it?Ring around the collar is a combination of sweat and body soil that rubs off the neck and onto the inside collar of a shirt, leaving that telltale dark line. On a white dress shirt, pre-treating is key,… Read More

Whitening handkerchiefs

November 7, 2012

How much bleach should be used to whiten handkerchiefs and how long should I soak them?A great bleach soaking solution for white bleachable laundry is ¼ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water (or if you are using new Concentrated Clorox® Regular-Bleach, use 3 tablespoons bleach per gallon… Read More

Removing Vomit

November 5, 2012

My son’s sheets were the unfortunate victim of the stomach flu. How can I remove the vomit? Sorry to hear about your son! I hope he gets better quickly. As for the sheets, you will want to get vomit stains out as soon as possible! Immediately scrape off the excess,… Read More

Removing chocolate from colored clothing

November 2, 2012

My children got some chocolate candy from their Halloween loot all over some colored clothing. How should I treat this? Chocolate stains are difficult to remove because they contain so many different components. There can be fats and dairy, as well as fine cocoa particles. Treating these combination stains with… Read More

Removing sticky candy from clothing

October 31, 2012

How do you get sticky candy out of clothes? Happy Halloween! This is the one downside to trick-or-treating – plenty of sticky candy laundry. You didn’t say what type of sticky candy, but I’m guessing it is chewing gum. For that, you can use ice cubes to freeze the gum… Read More

Treating pumpkin pie stains

October 29, 2012

How do I remove a pumpkin pie stain from my clothing? Pumpkin pie is a holiday favorite, but this stain has lots of dairy products and sugars, which complicate the removal process. The first step is to quickly scrape away any excess stain and rinse in cool water.FROM HERE, IF… Read More

Stains on white knit after washing

October 24, 2012

My white knit shirt had stains on it AFTER washing that were not there before going through my machine. What could cause this? There are several possible causes of stains that appear after washing—I can’t say for sure without knowing more about your situation, but here are some things for… Read More

Removing popcorn oil stains

October 19, 2012

How do I treat stains from popcorn oil?For popcorn oil stains, you can pre-treat with Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster or a small amount of liquid dish washing detergent (like Dawn). Apply it directly to the stain, rub it in and then wait 3-5 minutes. Then, if the… Read More

Treating pecan stains on clothing

October 17, 2012

How can I remove brown pecan stains from clothing that resulted from a squirrel dropping shells on me from a tree?What a fascinating question! Your pecan shell stains are probably a combination of oil from the nutmeat and colorant from the shell. Treat the oily portion of the stain first: … Read More

Removing hair dye from towels

October 15, 2012

While using an at-home hair dye, I accidentally got some of the hair dye on my bathroom towels. What can I do to remove the stains?I am really hoping the towels are white—for starters let’s just assume they are. For really concentrated stains like hair dye, you can try a… Read More

Removing coffee stains

October 12, 2012

What is the best way to remove coffee stains?Hopefully your coffee-stained item is white and made of a fabric that you can safely bleach–you should always avoid bleaching fabrics that are made with wool, silk, mohair, leather, and spandex.  If your item is not on that list, then, proceed as… Read More

Removing stains from bird waste

October 10, 2012

I was walking under a tree today and felt something hit my shoulder. A bird decided to leave me a little parting gift. I heard that is good luck, but my shirt would beg to differ. How can I remove the stain?Oh my! That sure does not sound like the… Read More

How to wash dark denim

October 5, 2012

How do I wash out excess dye from denim so that it doesn’t rub off on everything? It’s always a good idea with new denim to wash the item separately for the first few washes since denim tends to bleed into wash water. Even after several washes, always be sure… Read More

Removing stains from white polyester

October 1, 2012

How can I get stains out of white polyester? I don’t know if there is a specific item or stain type that you are interested in cleaning, but here are some general guidelines for using Clorox® Regular-Bleach for stain removal on white polyester items. For a really dirty item… Read More

Removing a red wine stain

September 28, 2012

I spilled red wine all over my favorite shirt! What can I do to get it out?Unfortunately for red wine lovers, although the tannins help make great red wines, they also really add difficulty to the removal of wine stains. The first step for you is to quickly blot up… Read More

Gel pen ink stain

September 19, 2012

I got pen ink on my shirt. What can I do to treat it? Should I try Clorox bleach on it? Or is there some other method I can try?I have a two-step process for dealing with ink stains that I hope will help you, but first you need to… Read More

Keeping white socks clean

September 17, 2012

I can’t seem to keep my son’s socks clean. I use Clorox bleach, but it still doesn’t get them clean. Any ideas what else I can do?Socks can be quite a problem (my son’s socks are pretty challenging, too), and I do have some suggestions for you to try.1. Be… Read More

Removing baby food stains

September 13, 2012

My baby started eating food and his clothes have some food stains, how do I remove them?Baby food stains really benefit from pre-treating, but first be sure to scrape away excess stain (think pureed vegetable globs like sweet potatoes), and then rinse the stain with a little cool water. Be… Read More

Removing dinginess without damaging dark details

September 10, 2012

I washed a white sweater with blue letters with darks and now it is a dingy white. How can I get it back to a bright white without discoloring the blue letters?Normally a bleach soaking solution (1/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach bleach per gallon of water, with a soak time… Read More

Preventing yellow bleach stains

September 7, 2012

I put straight Clorox® Regular-Bleach on white jeans and now I have a yellow stain.  How do I remove the bleach stain?No matter what you are using bleach for, it should always be diluted and never used directly on a surface or fabric. Unfortunately you have first-hand experience with… Read More

How to treat white denim/white pants at the end of summer

August 29, 2012

On Monday, I gave some tips on how to store your summer apparel to ensure they are ready to wear next Memorial Day. Today, I wanted to provide some extra tips on how to best whiten a pair of white pants or denim. After three months of use, this popular… Read More

“Do not bleach” care label on a white cotton towel

August 24, 2012

I just bought new white towels that are a Micro Cotton style. The care label says do not bleach. Can they be bleached anyway?You can absolutely bleach your white Micro Cotton towels with Clorox® Regular-Bleach. If a brand of 100% cotton towels say “Do Not Bleach” for every color,… Read More

Removing body soil from Egyptian cotton sheets

August 22, 2012

How can I remove body soils from 100% Egyptian cotton sheets? Will Clorox bleach harm the sheets by aging them faster?It’s a common myth that bleach is hard on fabrics, and I’m happy to debunk the notion. No, laundering with Clorox® Regular-Bleach will not cause Egyptian cotton textiles to… Read More

Sanitizing clothing and bedding after the flu

August 20, 2012

My son has just recovered from the flu. Is it important to sanitize his bedding to prevent spreading the germs around the house or if a generic wash with detergent alone will do the trick? After the flu, it is important to take the time to sanitize sheets, pillowcases, towels… Read More

Treating collar and cuff stains

August 13, 2012

How can I get rid of collar & cuff stains?Because collars and cuffs can easily build up a lot of body soil that is rubbed into the fabric, pre-treating is a good way to get great stain removal results. The color and fiber of the shirt determines what products you… Read More

Removing baby food stains

August 10, 2012

How do you remove baby food stains from baby clothes?Baby food stains really benefit from pre-treating, but first be sure to scrape away excess stain (think pureed vegetable globs like sweet potatoes), and then rinse the stain with a little cool water. Be careful not to rub the stain further… Read More

Removing grayish soap residue from white washcloths

August 8, 2012

How would I go about whitening washcloths that were grayed by liquid body wash soap?  I have washed these cloths several times in my (HE) washer using normal laundry detergent and have had no success in getting the washcloths back to white.There are some factors that affect cleaning, and changing… Read More

How can I remove stains from a colored sports jersey?

August 1, 2012

What is the best way to remove stains from a colored football jersey?It is almost football season and this is a very common problem thanks to two-a-days and preseason games! Treatment really depends on the fiber composition. Dyed cottons are much more prone to bleeding/dye transfer and should always be… Read More

Removing baby oil from clothes

July 27, 2012

What is the best way to remove baby oil from clothing?For stains that are concentrated oils, you can pre-treat with a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent (like Dawn). Apply it directly to the stain, rub it in and then wait 5 minutes. This helps solubilize the oil. Then, if… Read More

Removing marshmallows from clothing

July 25, 2012

What is the best way to remove marshmallow from clothing?S’mores are a summer campfire staple, but they sure can be a sticky mess! Fortunately marshmallows are mostly sugar, water, and gelatin, and dissolve rather easily in water. You can also presoak the item in a detergent and water solution prior… Read More

Sunscreen stains on dark cotton t-shirts

July 23, 2012

How can I remove a sunscreen stain from red and navy cotton t-shirts that remained after washing?During summer, this is a very common stain! I suspect the oily part of the sunblock formula is what remains on your shirts, and you should be able to get this out as long… Read More

How to remove spaghetti sauce

July 18, 2012

What is the best way to remove spaghetti sauce splatter from a natural, white cotton knit shirt?Spaghetti sauce recipes can vary, but usually the stain is a combination of both oil and tomato solids. If you treat the oily part first, your chances of success go way up. Start by… Read More

Sour smelling colored towels

July 13, 2012

What is the best way to remedy sour smelling colored towels?No one likes a smelly towel, but with the increased use of towels during the summer, it can really stink! I get this question a lot, especially from people with HE washers. Smelly towels usually indicate that there is… Read More

Removing printer ink from clothing

July 11, 2012

What is the best way to remove yellow printer ink from blue jeans?Ink is an extremely difficult stain to remove given how concentrated printer ink is–but it’s still worth giving a little hand sanitizer a try to break up the stain so it will be easier to get it out. Read More

Popsicle stains on a swimsuit

July 9, 2012

How can you remove a red Popsicle stain out of a swimsuit?With sweltering heat all over the country right now, it is hard to resist a popsicle! Red stains can be particularly difficult to remove, but I would try the following:Apply liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster directly… Read More

Removing wax lip balm from clothing

July 6, 2012

Is there a way to remove lip balm from clothing that it melted onto in the wash?Wax can be easily removed from many fabrics by heating it slightly so it will transfer from the fabric and absorb onto a brown paper bag. If the clothing has been through the dryer,… Read More

Sanitize plastic pool toys

July 4, 2012

Is it safe to sanitize plastic blow-up pool toys with Clorox® Regular-Bleach? Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone has a relaxing and fun-filled holiday. One common 4th of July activity is a trip to the pool, but between the trek through the bathrooms to the time spent in the… Read More

How to restore a white bathing suit to its original color

June 29, 2012

What is the best was to restore a dingy, white bathing suit to its original pure white color?It can be very difficult to keep an item white that picks up body soil and sunscreen that may also have a “hand wash in cold water” care label.  If the swimsuit contains… Read More

How to bleach white fabric with embroidery

June 27, 2012

Can Clorox be used on white clothing with black embroidery?Normally I recommend the bleachability test to determine if a colored item can be safely washed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach: Add 2 teaspoons bleach to ¼ cup water and apply a drop of the solution to a hidden part of the… Read More

How to properly sanitize laundry

June 25, 2012

Is it sanitary to wash white towels and dish cloths and underwear? Whether or not you combine all your white bleachable items with your underwear into one load or separate a few items to wash depends on the condition of the underwear. If there are any fecal solids present then… Read More

How to Remove a Tea Stain from Light Blue Jeans

June 22, 2012

How do you remove tea stain from light blue jeans?Since your tea stain is on denim, you can treat it by applying Liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster into stain and rub it in. Wait for 5-10 minutes, then wash immediately in the hottest water recommended using detergent… Read More

How to Remove Pine Sap from Cotton T-Shirt

June 20, 2012

How do you remove pine sap from a cotton t-shirt?Tree sap is a very challenging stain to get out. Try treating the stain directly with DeSolvIt® or Goo Gone®, which you can find at hardware stores. You should first test for colorfastness (apply a drop to a hidden part of… Read More

How to remove grass stains from a white dress shirt

June 15, 2012

How do I remove grass stains from a white dress shirt? A little more information on the type of dress shirt and fiber types would have been helpful. First, check the care label and eliminate any items that include wool, silk, mohair, spandex, and leather. For all other types of… Read More

How to remove yellow discoloring on white handkerchief

June 8, 2012

How can I remove a yellow color on white handkerchief? I wish I knew more about your wash habits–since your white handkerchiefs have yellowed over time that could indicate a long term cleaning issue.  Here are some factors that affect cleaning and whitening that you may be able to change… Read More

How to remove mustard stains

June 2, 2012

How do I remove mustard stain?First, blot away any excess and rinse the stain with a little cool water, reducing the amount of stain you have to work on.  Next it’s important to pretreat the stain—what you use depends on the color and fiber content of the item.For white bleachable… Read More

Massage Oil Removal

May 20, 2012

How do I remove massage oil from sheets and towels?Oily stains benefit from more concentrated cleaning solutions.  Larger items like sheets and towels that have the stains spread over them can be presoaked for more complete stain removal.  To do this, use powdered Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster. Read More

Strawberry Stain Removal

May 16, 2012

How do I get strawberry stains out? For strawberry stains, start by blotting away any excess (if the stain is fresh) and then rinse the stain with cold water.  What you do next depends on the color and fiber content of the item with the stain on it. For white,… Read More

“Ultra” White Spot on White Shirt from Clorox2®

May 15, 2012

Q: I used Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster to remove a stain and it bleached my white shirt where the stain was. How do I fix the shirt? Is this a side effect of the product that sometimes happens? A: It sounds like the white shirt may actually not… Read More

Mold on Patio Cushions

May 14, 2012

Q: How do I get mold out of outdoor patio cushions? A: There are different treatment options depending on the type of fabric the cushions are made of (polyester, cotton, etc.) and brand. If they are made by Sunbrella®, there is great cleaning information on their website, which you can… Read More

Cooking Oil

April 20, 2012

Q. What will remove cooking oil from a t-shirt?A. I would start by pretreating the stain with something to help solubilize the cooking oil, breaking it up to make it easier to remove.  Try liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster or liquid dishwashing detergent.  Apply a little and… Read More

Old Pet Stain

April 13, 2012

Q:  I just found an old dried in stain from my puppy on my comforter.  How can I get this stain out without having to throw away the comforter?A:  Congratulations on the new member of your family, dogs are a wonderful addition!  If the comforter is white and made with… Read More

Red Soda on Carpet

April 11, 2012

Q:  How do I remove a red soda stain on my carpet that has been there for a month?A:  Ideally a beverage spill can be immediately blotted and then rinsed with water to reduce the amount of stain needing to be removed.  However, that’s much more difficult to do with… Read More

Green Paint Stain

April 9, 2012

Q:  I was painting & got green paint on my white north face jacket. I used bleach (plenty of it) & the stain is still there.  A:  The problem you have is similar to cleaning dried latex paint off a brush with synthetic (nylong or polyester) bristles.  With brushes, you… Read More

Smelly Beach Towel

April 4, 2012

Q:  I have a beach towel and no matter how many time I wash it, the first time I get it wet, it stinks like mildew.   How can I get rid of the smell?A:  Smelly towels usually indicate that there is soil build-up inside the inner workings of your clothes… Read More

Outdoor Grill Stain

April 2, 2012

Q:  I accidentally brushed up against the grill.  The stain appears to be a mix of grease and ash; it is very black and greasy.  Help!A:  I would start by pretreating the stain with some liquid dishwashing detergent – this will help solubilize the grease, breaking it up for easier… Read More

Cake Icing Stain

March 26, 2012

Q:  How do I remove colored cake icing?A:  With all those spring babies, I have a feeling this stain will become more and more popular in the months ahead!  And here’s how to tackle it…Frosting usually contains butter or shortening, or some mixture of the two; and so you do… Read More

Gravy Stains

March 21, 2012

Q:  How do you get rid of a gravy stain?A:  Gravy is tricky because it is combination stain—you have both a greasy and colored component that needs to be dealt with, and it’s best to work on the greasy part first.  Start by scraping away excess gravy with a dull… Read More

Glass Cleaner Stain

March 19, 2012

Q: My daughter sprayed glass cleaner on her dress. It’s all natural, but the color is starting to change. What do I do?A: Any time you get a cleaning product on a garment it’s always a good idea to rinse it immediately; being careful not to spread what you are… Read More

Red Dye Stain

March 12, 2012

Q:  How do I remove a red dye stain from a book cover that left a spot on a priest’s linen surplus (vestment)?A:  For starters, if the vestement is silk, then you cannot use Clorox® Regular-Bleach to wash it.  If the fiber is linen then you can wash it… Read More

Keeping White Shirts White

March 9, 2012

Q:  Many of my white button-down shirts within time tend to turn slightly off-white, yellowish.  I’ve tried washing with bleach but it doesn’t help.  What should I do?A:  This is a question I get a lot, and it deserves a long answer.  I wish I knew a little more about… Read More

Wood Stain on Clothing

March 5, 2012

Q:  I laid my clothes over the back of a wooden chair and the wood stain came off onto my clothes. One of the articles of clothing is a white t-shirt and the other is a striped cotton button-down dress. How do I get the wood stain out of my… Read More

Sanitizing Diaper Pads

March 2, 2012

Q:  I have a question regarding the cleaning and sanitizing of diaper pads in a child care facility.  I have always been taught to clean with soap and water and then use bleach to sanitize.  Can Clorox® Clean-Up® be used for the washing procedure?A:  You’re correct!  We recommend cleaning a… Read More

Ruined Whites?

February 24, 2012

Q: A few white items were washed in a color load and turned blue. Some of the items were all white and others had colored patterns. I did not put them in the dryer.  Currently, I’m soaking them in 1 cup white distilled vinegar and detergent.  If this doesn’t work,… Read More

Bleeding Color

February 6, 2012

Q:  I just washed a new red and white striped coverlet I had custom made. I tried to prevent the red from bleeding on the white by putting two Shout® Color Catchers® in the cold wash. Well, I still had some bleeding on the white stripes! How can I get… Read More

Dye Transfer

February 1, 2012

Q:  How do you get a pink color out of clothes that bled from a darker garment when it was accidently put in with lights?A:  What you describe sounds like dye transfer and you should be able to restore any bleachable items with a bleach soaking solution. Start by figuring out… Read More

Eradicating Mildew from Fabric

January 30, 2012

Q:  How do I get mildew off sheets and towels?A:  The best question to first ask yourself is:  are these items bleachable?  If you are not sure, you can do a quick bleachability test to check: add 2 teaspoons Clorox® Regular-Bleach to ¼ cup water; apply a drop to… Read More

Underarm Stains

January 16, 2012

Q:  Over time I get a hard buildup of something in the underarm regions of my white T-shirts.  Is there a reaction with gel type antiperspirants and bleach that could cause this?A:  This is a great question – underarm stains are a big problem to treat because they are highly… Read More

Red Wine and Sauce Stains

January 13, 2012

Q: I have red wine and sauce stains on my cloth napkins and tablecloths.  What would be the proper ratio of water to Clorox® Regular-Bleach for a soak in a bucket (not machine)?A:  The proper ratio is 1/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water.  Fully submerge the items… Read More

Bleach and Slipcovers

December 30, 2011

Q:  Can I use Clorox® Regular-Bleach on a slipcover that’s not solid white? I don’t mind if the bleach lightens the fabric, it’s just so soiled that I want it brighter.A:  If the slipcover is cotton or cotton/polyester, then you can wash it with Clorox® Regular-Bleach.  Here are some… Read More

Stained Work Pants and Jeans

December 21, 2011

Q:  I have a job where I get dirty. I wear jeans and Dickies® work pants. They get really dirty. I can’t get the stains off them with just detergent. And when it comes to bleach, I’ve only used it on whites. Don’t know if I can use it on… Read More

Bleaching a White Coat

December 16, 2011

Q: My white coat has a pink hue on it – can I safely bleach it?A:  It is important to know the material of your coat – if it’s wool, silk, leather, mohair or spandex, then you don’t want to bleach it, and should take it to a dry cleaner. … Read More

Hand Washing White Gloves

December 14, 2011

Q: I have large brown stains on my white cotton gloves that are hand wash only. I believe the stains are from my moisturizer combining with dirt when wearing the gloves both indoors and out, running errands (i.e. from touching stair rails, items in stores, etc.).A:  First check to make… Read More

Dirt Stained Soccer Uniform

December 2, 2011

Q:  My son’s white 100 percent polyester soccer uniform is dirt-stained.  How can I safely bleach it?A:  I have good news for you: polyester fibers can be safely bleached with Clorox® Regular-Bleach.  Chances are the shirt also has a player number and maybe even a name.  If those components… Read More

Sunscreen & Polyester

November 16, 2011

Q:  Will bleach remove sunscreen stains from polyester?A: I would like to break this question into two:  can you use bleach on polyester, and what’s the best way to remove a sunscreen stain.  Polyester fibers can be safely bleached, and usually colored polyester has the colorant applied before the fibers… Read More

Grease Stain After Washing

November 9, 2011

Q: My husband’s clothes come out with grease stains after I wash them.  What can I do?A: Regarding the grease stains, do they appear on the clothes after they come out of the washer or the dryer?  When the rubber seal inside the dryer begins to wear out, grayish-black stains… Read More

Whitening Cotton/Polyester Blends

November 4, 2011

Q:  How do you whiten cotton/polyester blends?A:  Cotton/polyester blend white fabrics can be safely washed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach on an on-going basis.  Always wash whites in hot water – or the hottest water recommended on a care label.  It’s also important to use enough bleach:  3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach for… Read More

White Bleach Spots on a White Jersey

November 2, 2011

Q:  How can I fix white bleach stains on my white NBA jersey?A:  It’s good news that your stains and jersey are both white—it sounds like the stains are actually places on the jersey that ended up cleaner than the surrounding fabric.  This often happens when someone has a white… Read More

Grayed Washcloths from Soap

October 24, 2011

Q:  How would I go about whitening washcloths that were grayed by liquid body wash soap?  I have washed these cloths several times in my (HE) washer using normal laundry detergent and have had no success in getting the washcloths back to white.A:  There are some factors that affect cleaning,… Read More

Washing Cotton Briefs in Bleach

October 21, 2011

Q:  Will Clorox® Regular-Bleach damage the elastic in my cotton briefs?  After several washes the white cotton starts turning yellow.  How much Clorox should be used in an average white wash?A:  We’ve looked into the effects of bleach usage on fabric over time and found that even after 50 wash/dry… Read More

Ink Stain

October 10, 2011

Q:  I have an ink stain on my Police uniform shirt (cotton/poly blend).  What is the best way to remove the stain?A:  I have a two-step process for dealing with ink stains that will hopefully help, but first you need to determine the colorfastness of the shirt.  Many colored dress… Read More

Stained Pillow Cases from Oily Hair

October 7, 2011

Q:  My husband has oily hair and has left the pillowcases yellowed. How do I make them white again and do I soak them (how much and how long) before washing? I’m afraid this has built up over time.A:  This is quite a problem, not just because of the oil… Read More

Removing Color Transfer

September 19, 2011

Q:  Something in the wash load faded onto white clothes and partially white clothes.  How can I get rid of the unwanted color?  Do I need to do something different if the fabric says “use non chlorine bleach”?A:  What you describe sounds like dye transfer and you should be able… Read More

Removing Stubborn Stickers from Shirts

September 14, 2011

Q:  How do I get a stubborn sticker off my shirt?A: This question reminds me of the time I wore a nice rain jacket to a skating birthday party and the host slapped a sticker on it.  When I pulled the sticker off, the finish on the jacket went with… Read More

How to Remove Nail Polish From Clothes

September 12, 2011

Q:  How do you remove nail polish on children’s clothes? A:  I’m sorry I don’t have better news, but unfortunately nail polish is permanent when it gets on fabric.  For hard surfaces like fingernails, a weak acetone solution (i.e. nail polish remover) can dissolve nail polish, but textile fibers don’t… Read More

How to Get Blood Out of Sheets

August 29, 2011

Q:  How you do remove blood from sheets A:  I recommend presoaking blood stains in cool water using a good detergent that contains enzymes – check the list of ingredients to know for sure.  You need to soak items for at least 30 minutes (ideally 60 minutes). This is… Read More

Cleaning White Spandex

August 19, 2011

Q:  I have a white spandex camisole that’s gotten dingy over the months, how do I wash it? Should I bleach it? Every time I try washing it, it stays just as dingy as when I put it in the washer.A:  White items with spandex are great to wear, but… Read More

Stained Bath Towels

August 15, 2011

Q:  When I wash my bath cloths the dark stains don’t come out, what is the problem?A:  I wish I had a little more information—do you mean wash cloths and/or towels?  I realize you may not know what the stain is—this happens when you don’t notice a stain until later! … Read More

Dandelion Stains

August 12, 2011

Q:  How do I get dandelion stains out of a knit top?A: I don’t have a lot of experience with dandelion stains, so I went out to the front yard and picked a few.  I am assuming you’d like help with stains from the yellow flower petals—they certainly make colorful… Read More

White Linen Storage Stains

August 3, 2011

Q: White linen tablecloths which haven’t been used for years and were stored in a wooden armoire show storage stains at the folding sides. I used Clorox® Regular-Bleach a few times in the wash but the marks remain and remain.  What can I do?A:  I have a couple of thoughts… Read More

Bleach and Colored Clothing

July 27, 2011

Q:  How much Clorox® Regular-Bleach should I use when it comes to colored clothes? And should I add my dark clothes before or after adding Clorox® Regular-Bleach to the water?A:  To bleach colored items, it’s important to check their colorfastness to bleach first, and you can do this easily with… Read More

The Power of Clorox2®

July 4, 2011

Q: Can Clorox2® remove stains from colored clothes without leaving a bleach stain? I’ve always been too afraid to try. A: Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Boosteris a great product to add along with your favorite detergent to boost cleaning, stain removal, brightening, and whitening of virtually all washable… Read More

Whitening Discolored Whites

June 24, 2011

Q:  My son washed his new work uniform in warm water, which consists of black pants (80% poly / 20% cotton) and a white shirt (85% poly / 15% cotton) with a blue embroidery logo. Now the shirt has dye stains all over it from the pants and is less… Read More

Disinfecting Urine Soiled Sheets

June 22, 2011

Q:  Which is better to use for urine soiled white sheets, Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster or Clorox® Regular Bleach?A:  I am assuming you would like to disinfect the sheets, and that they are a cotton or poly-cotton blend.  Therefore, you need to use Clorox® Regular-Bleach, our EPA-registered… Read More

Removing Dried Wax from Flannel

March 10, 2011

Q: I have to soak my hands in molten wax three times a week as part of a treatment for arthritic hands. Sometimes the wax spills over onto the throw blanket I put under the pot while the wax is cooling. How can I remove these dried wax splotches? I… Read More

Compression Shirt

January 27, 2011

Q. Is it safe to have used Clorox® with my compression shirt?A. I wish I had better news for you. I checked out compression shirts this morning at my local sports outlet, and confirmed that they are made with spandex in addition to the polyester. It’s the spandex that gives… Read More

White Socks

December 28, 2010

Q. I am raising my grandson and cannot keep the bottom of his white socks clean. I use Clorox bleach, but it still doesn’t get them clean. Any ideas what else I can do?A. Your grandson is very lucky to have you! On a personal note, my mom also helped… Read More

Soaking White Bath Towels

November 30, 2010

Q. I want to disinfect and super clean/whiten my white bath towels. How long can they soak, maximum, without hurting the towels?For your towels, I recommend a bleach soaking solution of ¼ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per 1 gallon of cool water for 5 minutes. Soaking, dripping towels can be… Read More

Removing Stains from Egyptian Cotton

November 18, 2010

Q. How can I remove body soils from 100% Egyptian cotton sheets? Will Clorox bleach harm 100% Egyptian cotton sheets by aging them faster?A. “Is detergent by itself enough”? is a question we get often, and a nicely detailed and pretty timeless discussion of this was posted on the blog… Read More

Removing Stains from Egyptian Cotton Sheets

November 11, 2010

Q. How can I remove body soils from 100% egyptian cotton sheets? Will Clorox bleach harm the sheets by aging them faster?A. Thanks for the great question; it’s a common myth that bleach is hard on fabrics, and I’m happy to debunk it by answering your second question first. No,… Read More

Bleach Splash Marks

November 2, 2010

Q. I have several dark items of laundry that have bleach marks on them. They were splash marks. Is there any way to get the color back? Also, should I stop using bleach and change over to Clorox2 so I don’t ruin anymore dark laundry items?A. Thanks for writing. I… Read More

Removing Odor from Colored Clothing

October 21, 2010

Q. I recently purchased an HE machine and was wondering if I could use a little bleach in the dispenser for my dark clothes. There was some odor on a few of my darks that I needed to get out, and I was looking for some advice on how to… Read More

White Towels and Bleach

October 12, 2010

Q. My husband likes to wash our whites with Clorox. I have heard that long term use of Clorox will cause holes in the towels and clothing. Is this true? Our towels and some clothing have acquired these holes and yes, we’ve had these for a few years so I… Read More

Removing Gel Pen Ink

October 1, 2010

I put my pen in my shirt pocket without closing it. It was a gel refill pen. The cotton seemed to draw the ink out of the pen, and I currently have a pink cotton no-iron shirt with a dime-sized black spot at the bottom of the pocket. I have… Read More

Removing Pitching from Clothing

September 28, 2010

Q. Five days ago I got some pitch from a blue spruce tree on my exercise clothes. The clothes are black, and made from polyester and some spandex. Can you suggest a treatment?A. This can be a very challenging stain to get out. Try treating the stains directly with De-Solv-It… Read More

Bleach Spots on Colored Clothes

September 23, 2010

Q. I have put bleach on a colored t-shirt by mistake…do I re-color this area, or is it too far gone?A. I have been able to hide small white spots on black cotton pants by coloring in the area with a black Sharpie pen. It’s not an exact match, but… Read More

Bleach and Silk

September 14, 2010

Q. Need your help. I accidentally bleached a white silk top and it turned yellow. I didn’t realize it’s not suitable for silk. How can I turn it white again?A. That’s too bad about your silk top. I wish I had better news for you, but unfortunately it can’t be… Read More

Bleach Stains on Canvas Shoes

September 7, 2010

Q. I spilled Clorox bleach on my navy canvas shoes and immediately rinsed them, but am left with blotchy red-brown stains. Is there a way to bleach the shoes so that they would at least be all the same shade?A. Thanks for the question. I am so sorry about your… Read More

Laundering Micro-Cotton with Bleach

August 5, 2010

Q. We just bought new white towels from the “Biltmore for your Home” line at Belk. They are the Micro Cotton style. The care label says do not bleach. Can they be bleached anyway?You can absolutely bleach your white Micro Cotton towels with Clorox® Regular-Bleach. I checked out the… Read More

Spots on Dress Shirts

July 6, 2010

Q. My sons’ and husband’s dress shirts are coming out of the washer/dryer with brownish smudges on the tip of one lapel. Sometimes the same mark is elsewhere on the shirt. Do you know why this is happening? Do you know how to get it out?A. A little more description… Read More

Washing Towels in an HE Machine

July 1, 2010

Q. I have an HE Washer and I have all white towels that get really nasty throughout the week. I pour bleach into the dispenser and put my detergent into the other dispenser, but my towels still do not look clean. I have only had the towels about 4 ½… Read More

Whitening Yellowed Acetate Fabric

June 29, 2010

Q. Is there a way to whiten white acetate fabric that has turned dingy/yellow?A. I’m a little confused by your title as acetate usually is a little more “frail” than rayon. Have you tried just a normal wash (with the acetate garments by themselves)? Acetate can occasionally pick up stray… Read More

Cleaning Canvas Tents with Bleach

June 24, 2010

Q. I recently cleaned the inside of our tent trailer (the inside of the canvas) with bleach because I noticed some mildew or mold spots on the ceiling above the bed. It’s a rubber backed canvas on the ceiling. I simply put some Clorox in a bowl, along with some… Read More

Removing Mold from Colored Clothes

June 15, 2010

Q. What is the best way to get rid of mold on colored clothes?A. This is usually a tough one since the best mold/mildew killers are products with sodium hypochlorite, the active in our Clorox® Regular-Bleach and Tilex® Instant Mold & Mildew Remover. This is OK for whites and… Read More

Removing Yellow Stains from Ramie Fabrics

June 10, 2010

Q. I have a favorite white ramie cotton sweater that had been forgotten in the closet. When found, it had turned a very ugly shade of yellow, mostly on the shoulders and front. It also has some embroidered colored flowers in front. Please help! I would like to save it. Read More

Mystery Spots on Fabrics

June 3, 2010

Q. For the last few years, we have had problems with spots on our clothing and towels. It’s like the fabric has been faded or bleached out in random spots on the towels and the collar area on t-shirts. It has also happened on our sheets. This happens with dark… Read More

Fabric Differences: Cotton and Cotton Blends

June 1, 2010

Q. I’m in the market of buying a large quantity of polo shirts and noticed that one style that I was considering was made out of 100% cotton, and the other 60% cotton and 40% polyester. Which is the better fabric, and which would most likely fade more quickly?A. Great… Read More

Removing Blood from Colored Cotton

May 11, 2010

Q. What is the best way to get blood stains out of colored cotton tops? I soaked these tops in cold water, then sprayed a stain remover on them, and then washed them in detergent. I did this twice, but the stains are still visible. I did not put the… Read More

Cleaning Up a Waterbed Leak

May 4, 2010

Q. My daughter’s waterbed sprung a leak and everything that was saturated with the water now has a strong chemical odor. We have washed the items with regular laundry detergent, but the odor remains. The most important item I’d like to save is the bed spread. Do you have a… Read More

Removing Waterbed Solution

April 27, 2010

Q. My daughter’s waterbed sprung a leak, and everything that was saturated with the water now has a strong chemical odor. We have washed the items with regular laundry detergent but the odor remains. The most important item I’d like to save is the bed spread. Do you have a… Read More

Mysterious Odor on T-Shirts

April 13, 2010

Q. I have a laundry issue that is driving me nuts. I use bleach in every white load and separate towels from underwear, socks and tee-shirts. The towels always come out clean and sweet-smelling with no underlying odor. However, when I wash the underwear, socks and tee-shirts, the t-shirts come… Read More

Removing Dye Transfer from White Pants

March 25, 2010

Q. I own a HE washing machine. Recently I washed some white cotton pants with some black pants. (on warm/cool) I didn’t think the black clothing would run bit they did. My bad…How do I get my white pants “white” again? They haven’t been dried yet.A. Thanks for your question… Read More

Removing Stains From Wool

March 4, 2010

Q. My husband has a white wool shawl that has not been washed in YEARS! (He reasoned that since he does not wear it so much, it does not need to be washed.) Anyway, not only does it smell bad, but it has tan, brown, and black body soil stains. Read More

Removing Ink Stains

February 11, 2010

Q. Do you know what I can do to remove a black ink pen stain from the breast pocket of a black and pink-checked patterned summer (loose fiber) 100% cotton short-sleeved shirt? A. I would normally recommend Clorox® Regular-Bleach, but the black and pink doesn’t sound like it could… Read More

Removing Burn Stains

January 26, 2010

Q. I just made a burn stain on my favorite linen shirt. Do you know if I can take it out with some bleach? A. The dividing line for scorch marks is how badly/deeply the mark is in the fabric. Light marks usually can be removed, while deep ones probably… Read More

Using Bleach on White Wool

January 19, 2010

Q. I used Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 on a white wool item and it became a yellowish color. Is there anything that I can use to restore its original color? A. Bad news. On the back label of all our liquid bleach products is a statement: “Avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair,… Read More

Cleaning White Pillowcases

January 5, 2010

Q. I accidentally washed my 500 thread count pillowcases with a pair of dark pants. They are now golden brown. The care label says use only non-chlorinated bleach when needed. What do I do, I want them back to white so bad! Any suggestions? A. Hopefully you didn’t dry the… Read More

Removing “Sour” Smell on Towels

December 29, 2009

Q. I have an HE front-loading washer that I really love. I bought gorgeous, dark brown, hotel-quality towels for my bath. As time goes by the towels and bath mat are getting more and more “sour” and I am afraid of using bleach in my washer with the dark brown… Read More

Laundering Silk

December 24, 2009

Q. I have a light gray silk outfit and the washing instructions for the top shell say wash by hand. (It is 100% silk).The instruction on the pants, however, say to dry clean. (Pants are 97% silk, 3% spandex.) The fabric in both seems to be the same. I am… Read More

Removing Sweat Stains From Sheets

December 22, 2009

Q. My husband sweats at night and has ruined many sheets and pillow cases, and even pillows with protectors. The sheets are stained with a yellowness that I just can’t get out. Of course, these sheets are white with a taupe pattern and metallic gold stripe, so cleaning them is… Read More

Removing Yellowing From Shirts

December 15, 2009

Q. I have a few white cotton shirts which turned very pale yellowish in color. I soaked them in bleach and water for several hours. It made a little bit of difference, but did not completely solve the problem. What can I do to make them white again? A. I’m… Read More

Removing Clay Stains

December 3, 2009

Q. My son has nylon white baseball pants with red and blue stripes on the legs — NOTHING gets the Texas clay stains out. What can I do? A. Baseball pants always seem to get those ground-in stains from sliding and just wiping the hands between swings. Key to possible… Read More

Removing Body Soil with Bleach

November 24, 2009

Q. I am trying to find out if the color-safe bleach removes body soil like the regular bleach is supposed to do. A. I’ve done a lot of research on body soil removal, and can tell you nothing cleans it better than detergent and Clorox® Regular-Bleach1. While the… Read More

Removing Grease and Oil

November 10, 2009

Q. Hello, I have some expensive and nice sheets that have two issues with: The pillow cases are badly soiled from hair and they are discolored. You can almost feel the oil in them. The sheets have grease on them from a malfunction in the washing machine. These sheets… Read More

Removing Olive Oil Stains

October 29, 2009

Q. How do you get out olive oil? Thanks! — Nola A. Hi Nola; One of the best things to use for olive oil is actually liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you use for handwashing dishes) because it is formulated for greasy dishes. Because liquid dishwashing detergent generally makes lots… Read More

Disinfecting Linens

October 28, 2009

Q. If used properly will Clorox completely and safely disinfect the soiled linens from the contaminations of an ambulance? Do you have information that documents the types of bacteria and virus Clorox will kill? Our local hospitals are no longer exchanging the soiled linens from the ambulances for clean sets. Read More

Down Vest Feathers on Jacket

October 23, 2009

Q. HELP! A down vest exploded in my washer and is all over the 100% cotton quilted lining of a jacket. I’ve tried clothes brushes and several strong tapes to no avail. Aside from plucking this bird, how can I remove the down?A. I know those little feathers are tenacious… Read More

Spray Paint Stains

October 20, 2009

Q. I got metallic beige spray paint on a cotton dress. What can I do to remove it?A. May not have good news for you. Once the paint has dried on the dress, you must now find a solvent to re-dissolve the paint without damaging/removing the dye from the dress. Read More

Sunscreen Oil Stains

October 15, 2009

Q. Your 800 number just seemed to address an oil or cream stain from sunscreens. My problem is the pinkish stains from the sunscreen reacting with my body oils and/or sweat. These new SPF screens at 55 and above have really made a mess of my white shirts. I have… Read More

Whitening Graphic T-Shirts

October 13, 2009

Q. I have a bunch of 100% cotton white t-shirts that are getting gray in color, and a few have tough stains that detergent and stain removers (Shout/Spray n’ Wash, etc.) have exhausted their efforts on. The problem is, all of them have iron-on (not screen printed) type graphics on… Read More

Laundering White Tennis Shoes

September 29, 2009

Q. I have white tennis shoes and they need to be brightened up. I was wondering if it is safe to spray ® Clean-Up® Spray Cleaner on my shoes and then wash them?A. Generally, the answer would be it depends on what stains there are on the shoes that need… Read More

Removing Fly Droppings

September 24, 2009

Q. This might sound rude, but I have a real problem with fly poop on my silk curtains and chair covers. They all look like little black “plus” signs (+), and I don’t know how to get them out. I am scared about ruining the silk.A. If it were any… Read More

Wedding Veil Laundering

September 17, 2009

Q. My daughter plans to wear a wedding veil my sister bought in Venice 40 years ago. It was ivory and has aged some, making it even darker. Her gown is significantly lighter. Can you recommend a product to safely lighten it?A. You didn’t indicate the type of fabric the… Read More

Removing Hair Dye

September 15, 2009

Q. I just went to the hairdresser wearing a bright white 100% cotton shirt, and brown hair dye from the previous client got on the back of my shirt. The label says only non-chlorine bleach and warm water wash. I’m not sure what to use, and thought you might have… Read More

Oxi Clean Stain Remover and Clorox

September 10, 2009

Q. Is it ok to use OxiClean® Laundry Stain Remover Spray with regular CClorox® Regular-Bleach1? A. For white cotton t-shirts, you can use Clorox® Oxi Magic Powder before using Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 in the wash. I assume you are pre-treating with the Clorox® Oxi Magic Powder. These… Read More

Removing Odor from Towels

September 8, 2009

Q. Here is an issue I cannot seem to solve. My bathroom towels smell like body odor. They are washed regularly; towels are changed in the bathrooms every 3 days. They are washed straight away, not left to sit wet. They are dried in the sun and I have even… Read More

Removing Handkerchief Stains

September 1, 2009

Q. Two questions please: I always have a handkerchief with me. Over time these get stained. I want to use Clorox to soak them in hopes of removing the stains. The handkerchiefs are 100% cotton. What dilution should I use, and for how long? The stains are noticeable. Is… Read More

Removing Pale Green Color from Clothing

August 27, 2009

Q. I have a problem. I used Clorox® Oxi Magic Powder on a white cotton blouse. Took the stain right out. Unfortunately, I did not read the small print on the OxiMagic until after I hand washed the blouse in hot water, Tide® and Clorox® Regular-Bleach1, my blouse… Read More

How to Remove Permanent Marker From Clothes

August 11, 2009

Q. I put a permanent marker in my pocket and the top came off. It bled into the pocket of my pink cotton lab jacket. How can I remove the stain? A. The key to success is being able to dissolve/solubilize the marker, and preventing it from spreading and bleaching… Read More

Cleaning Crocheted Table Linens

August 6, 2009

Q. I would like to know the best way to clean old yellowing hand crocheted table linens. Some are white, some are off-white, and one is linen with a floral embroidery pattern that was hand-stitched. I would also like to know who carries Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 in powder form. A. Read More

Cleaning Velvet

August 4, 2009

Q. I have a white velvet dress with little brown stains on it from just hanging in the closet. It was folded up for awhile with the hanger on it, and I wonder if the spots could be rust from the hanger. Is there a way to see if the… Read More

Cleaning Carpets with Clorox® Oxi Magic™

July 16, 2009

Q. A recent newspaper article recommended oxygen bleach for cleaning carpets, but gave no specific instructions for amounts of power and water to be combined. Your Oxi Magic container gives no instructions for carpet cleaning other than for removing specific, smaller-type stains. Can Oxi Magic be used for cleaning whole… Read More

Orange Spots on Green Items

July 2, 2009

Q. We are having a problem with our dark to light green towels and bed sheets getting orange spots and blotches in the wash. Can you advise what may be causing this to happen to our towels and sheets? We use a whole house filter and do not have any… Read More

Whitening Antique Scarves

June 25, 2009

Q. I have several sets of old dresser scarves that are gray and dingy. I would like to whiten them but am not sure what mixture of Clorox and/or soap to use. A few of them were hand embroidered by my grandmother and I would hate to ruin that in… Read More

Sports-Related Cleaning with Bleach, Part 2

June 11, 2009

Q. My children are lacrosse players, and I have a few sports-related stain questions: How can I deodorize sports equipment? What is safe to use on helmets and pads to provide protection against MRSA? How can I clean sports bags interiors? How can I disinfect flip flops and slide in… Read More

Sports-Related Cleaning with Bleach, Part 1

June 9, 2009

Q. My children are lacrosse players, and I have a few sports-related stain questions:What’s the best way to clean white socks to get out dirt stains? How can I clean colored sports jerseys? And, how can I clean Under Armour® brand name sports shirts? A. Thanks for your wide-ranging… Read More

Removing Green Hue from Clothing

June 4, 2009

Q. I have a new front load washer — I have been following all instructions but have noticed some of my whites and some lightly colored items coming out with a green hue. Can you help me? A. Your green hue description is really unusual. If there was a potential… Read More

Removing Stains Caused by Dust Mites

June 2, 2009

Q. I am having trouble removing blood stains from white cotton sheets (400 thread count). I have used Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 and dust mite solution, and stains remain. I have been reading lately in home and style magazines, as well as newspaper articles, that you should add bleach to the… Read More

Cleaning White Sheets With Bleach

May 28, 2009

Q. I have been using Clorox bleach for more years than I care to recount. However, it seems that now most 100% cotton products (including my white bed linens) are marked “Do Not Bleach.” Not “no chlorine bleach”; just “No Bleach.” Laundering (good detergent, either hot water or cold), just… Read More

Removing Glue From Cotton

May 14, 2009

Q. I got a few drops of glue on my gray cotton sweatshirt, and I can’t get it out. Any suggestions? A. There are different types of glue, and they require different approaches and have differing probabilities of success. Usually, you want to try and scrape off as much as… Read More

Washing White T-Shirts with Bleach

April 30, 2009

Q. I have viewed your videos regarding Clorox® Regular-Bleach1, and they are very helpful. My 100% white cotton T-shirts instruct me to wash them in warm water with non-chlorine bleach. According to your video, you mention that “almost all cotton whites and most synthetic whites” can be bleached. My… Read More

Removing Dye from Sweatshirts

April 28, 2009

Q. I washed a sweatshirt and it bled into another one. What can I do to fix this? A. I probably don’t have very good news for you, since I’m assuming the sweatshirts aren’t white and they probably have been dried in the dryer, which sets the dye on the… Read More

Removing Stains from Delicate Items

April 21, 2009

Q. I just finished soaking my daughter’s 33-year-old polyester communion dress in Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster for 8 hours and then laundering it to eliminate dinginess. It hasn’t changed much, if at all. Is there any point in repeating the process? Any other suggestions? I’m afraid… Read More

Removing Dinginess from Printed T-Shirts

April 9, 2009

Q. My boyfriend has a lot of white cotton T-shirts with screen-printed designs on them. They are starting to look pretty dingy, and I am wondering if adding bleach to the wash will have an effect on the printed design? A. Usually, dingy white cotton T-shirts are a no-brainer for… Read More

Removing Butter Stains

April 7, 2009

Q. I just purchased an expensive (overpriced) cotton gauze top in lime green. The very first time I wore it, I dripped a dot (about the size of a dime) of melted butter from oysters right in the front. I have tried white vinegar and every stain remover there is… Read More

Removing Slush Stains

March 31, 2009

Q. I live in Maine, and many times during the winter and early spring I walk through that messy mixture of slush, mud, salt and road sand that leaves your clothes covered with splash spots. I just cannot get the stains out of my beige and khaki pants, no matter… Read More

Removing Pet Stains

March 19, 2009

Q. We recently had to pet sit a cat for a family member. A few weeks after that, we discovered the cat had used a goose down comforter as its main place to relieve itself. What would you recommend for cleaning? Treat the individual spots (there are four or five,… Read More

Removing Odors from Stored Clothing

March 5, 2009

Q. Can any of your products help me in saving some clothes that have been in storage, and now have an odor? Some are cotton and some are polyester, knit and dry-clean only. A. A little more information on the type of clothes, colors and fiber types would have been… Read More

Cleaning Black Socks

March 3, 2009

Q. Due to the nature of my job and the uniform I wear, the majority of my sock laundry is black. Is there any hope for me to get the same cleaning success you can get with Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 and whites? What is the best method for laundering black… Read More

Removing Dinginess

February 19, 2009

Q. I live in an eternal summer climate and have trouble keeping my clothes fresh-looking. How can I keep summer whites bright? Does bleach yellow cotton fabrics? And, do you have any suggestions for underarm deodorant stains on clothing? A. With the very cold winter we have had, I wish… Read More

Soap Stains

February 12, 2009

Q. I use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing body wash. All of the washcloths that I use with it have recently become discolored. I conducted an experiment to prove this: I color-coded two washcloths. One I used with the Aveeno, and the other one my husband used with his soap. So far,… Read More

Removing Transferred Dye from Clothes

January 29, 2009

Q. How can I remove dye from one shirt that was transferred from another? I’m not sure what to do because the stained shirt is not white.A. I probably don’t have very good news for you since the items aren’t white and they probably have been dried in the dryer,… Read More

Lightening Colors with Bleach

January 27, 2009

Q. I have used Rit color remover to lighten the rose color in my cotton blend valances. It did lighten the color, but I would like to remove more color in order to turn them off-white or cream-colored. Do you have a bleach solution you would recommend for a washer,… Read More

Cleaning Delicate Items with Bleach

January 27, 2009

Q. Last winter we had a leak in our ceiling and the water damaged a needle point I had hanging on the wall. The water left a stain, and I was wondering how I might remove it without damaging the needlepoint further? A. It’s a little difficult to recommend a… Read More

Removing Transferred Dye from Washing Machine

January 22, 2009

Q. About 2 months ago, I bought some black bedding and some black jeans. I always make sure I wash the black items together. However, I suspect that recently these items have bled in the wash and some of the dye is still in my machine’s drum. Since I bought… Read More

Removing Bubble Gum

January 22, 2009

Q. I have some bubble gum stuck on wool gabardine pants! Can you please tell me the best way to get it out? A. Given that the pants are a wool blend, your best bet probably is to take them to a dry cleaners. They have the solvents you would… Read More

Making Designs With Bleach

January 20, 2009

Q. I saw a show on HGTV where they used bleach to make a design on denim. On the show, they used a solution of equal parts water and bleach, sprayed it over a metal trivet, removed the trivet and then stopped the bleaching action. However, they didn’t say how… Read More

Removing Ink from Worsted Wool

January 20, 2009

Q. How can I remove ink from a ball point pen from my worsted wool garment? A. For ink stains, I prefer using solvent(s) and applying from the back of the stain to keep from forcing the ink further into the fibers as it dissolves. Here are some step-by-step instructions:… Read More

Red Clay Stains

January 15, 2009

Q. My dog jumped on the bed leaving a large spot with red clay dirt stains on the sheets. Help! A. Red clay is a nasty stain to remove. I assume it is dried out by now, so here’s your best shot: Your best bet would be an extended presoak… Read More

Nail Polish Stains

January 13, 2009

Q. How can I remove dark red nail polish color from my jeans and pink shirt? A. Nail polish is tricky to remove once it has dried on clothes. If it is dry, you will need to try the same thing you use to remove it from your nails —… Read More

Wax Stains

January 6, 2009

Q. We have a red tablecloth with a wax stain. We think it is cotton. How can we remove the stain? A. These removal tips are a little tricky and do not always completely remove the problem. Remove as much of the hardened wax as possible by scraping with… Read More

Disinfecting Colored Items

December 30, 2008

Q. I am looking for information about Clorox® brand products that can be used to disinfect laundry in a medical facility. The laundry consists of colored fabric but could have blood/body fluids in the fibers. I need to know the options for properly disinfecting these items without removing color. A. Read More

Chili Stain

December 30, 2008

Q. I am trying to get a chili stain out of the cuff of a cotton shirt. It has narrow red and green pin stripes on a white background. Unfortunately, I did not notice the stain until about week after it happened. My wife and I have tried scrubbing the… Read More

Pale Green Spots

December 18, 2008

Q. Pale green areas have appeared on my white laundry and they won’t go away! I use a standard liquid detergent with Clorox® UltimateCare® Bleach. As the water is running into my traditional washing machine, I pour the bleach into the dispenser, add the detergent and then the clothes. Read More

Towel Discoloration

December 16, 2008

Q. I washed some off-white 90% cotton blend towels by themselves with bleach and Trader Joe’s Detergent. They came out with a blue cast to the base, and are almost black below the loops. Why did this happen, and is there anything I can do to correct it? A. This… Read More

Ink Stains

December 9, 2008

Q. I had just finished making a beautiful quilt, cotton, not white, when I got ink on it. Can you tell me how to remove it? A. I envy people who can create those beautiful quilts — but you definitely have a challenge in getting rid of the ink. You… Read More

Chapstick Stains

December 2, 2008

Q. I’ve washed and dried my Chapstick inside my pants. Other clothes were also affected. What should I do to remove the oily spots? A. Not so good news for you here. That solid Chapstick that melted in the dryer is now a “permanent” part of the pants and other… Read More

Bleach Stains

November 20, 2008

Q. I was cleaning in the bathroom when a few drops of Clorox splashed onto my black cotton pants. Is there a way to remove the orange stains? A. I’m afraid I don’t have good news for you. Black cotton dyes are among the most susceptible to bleaching and once… Read More

Removing Scorch Marks

November 13, 2008

Q. I scorched a jacket that I just finished making. The fabric is cotton, soft, not really brushed but it has that look. It is bright blue. I scorched the back just below the top of the shoulder. I tried lightly washing it using Clorox 2® Stain Remover &… Read More

Disinfect Colored Towels

November 13, 2008

Q. I run a wellness center where we specialize in massage therapy. How can I disinfect the linens without damaging their color? A. Great question, and one I hear a lot. For your white and bleachable light colors, it’s pretty straightforward — simply wash in hot water using detergent and… Read More

Rust Stains

November 7, 2008

Q. I have a few small rust stains on my white towels, any suggestions? A. The trick to rust removal is to avoid the stain. Your best chance at removal is using a rust remover product. Summit Instant Rust Out and Whink Rust Remover are two such products. These can… Read More

Cheese stain

November 5, 2008

Q. I melted some shredded cheese in a tortilla for a snack. When I started eating it, some of the oil from the cheese oozed out the side of the tortilla and down my cotton (light green) shirt and onto my blue jeans. Do you have any suggestions for how… Read More

Black and White Shirt: Your Questions

October 28, 2008

Q. I have a black & white shirt, and when I washed it, the black bled into the white. So now instead of having a black & white shirt, I have a black and dingy white shirt. Is there anything I can do to return the white to its normal… Read More

Cotton-Spandex Clothing: Your Questions

October 22, 2008

Q. I have four blouses with varying cotton to spandex combinations. They are in various “shades of white,” and I would like to rejuvenate them for additional wearing life. Instructions call for a cold water wash. Can you help? A. I’m not quite sure from your description if the “various… Read More

Ridding Clothes of Odors: Your Questions

October 22, 2008

Q. I forgot a load of bright colors in the washing machine, and now they smell bad. Can I use some of your Green Works® Multi-Surface Cleaner in the wash, or will it fade the colors? What would you recommend using to freshen the clothes up? A. If clothes… Read More

Iron Scorchmarks: Your Questions

October 21, 2008

Q: My daughter’s roommate used her iron but didn’t clean it after she finished. My daughter went to iron her cotton top and the iron got black marks all over it. Do you know how to get this out? We have tried everything! A: I’m not sure what… Read More

Crude Oil Stains: Your Questions

October 21, 2008

Q: How would you suggest I remove tough crude oil stains/smells from 100% cotton colored work shirts? Having a real solution to this question would be very beneficial to know for our Crude Oil Drivers and their families. A: Boy, this a tough question, but one my sister… Read More

Detergent Dye Stains?

October 2, 2008

Q: My daughter used a purple dye-based laundry detergent. I don’t know the brand. She washed a red sweatshirt, which was 60% cotton, 40% polyester, and the purple dye from the detergent transferred to the sleeve of the sweatshirt. She dried it in the dryer. Is there any… Read More

Silicone Stains: Your Questions

October 2, 2008

Q: Is it possible to get silicone stains off from denim and cotton? A: It would be helpful to know the source of the silicone. I worked on Armor All and we used a lot of silicone for our protectant and tire products. The important thing here is… Read More

Bourbon Spillage in a Car Trunk: Your Questions

September 30, 2008

Q: A bottle of bourbon spilled in the trunk of our car. How can we remove stain and smell? A: I definitely feel your pain! The key is to remove as much liquid as possible ASAP. Some squeegee/chamois cloths are always a great start. Then, remove the interior… Read More

Brightening White Towels: Your Questions

September 23, 2008

Q: My husband likes to use a white washcloth in the shower on a daily basis. After a few launderings, the washcloth soon turns gray. I periodically bleach the cloths in hot water and Clorox Bleach, but, after a time, this no longer works. What is the best… Read More

Bleach Stains on Clothes: Your Questions

September 17, 2008

Q: I had a stain on a 100% cotton golf shirt. It had been washed a few times when I finally saw the stain. I took a Q-tip and dipped it into Clorox Bleach and rubbed it on the stain. I have done this before on white clothing… Read More

Stains on Sailboat Sails: Your Questions

September 17, 2008

Q: My sailboat sails are made of Dacron, white in color. I have seen small black specks in certain areas, which I believe to be mildew stains. Could you please tell me how best to remove the black specks and also let me know is Dacron is susceptible… Read More

Getting Rid of Underarm Stains: Your Questions

September 17, 2008

Q: My husband wears cotton white T-shirts. I use Clorox in hot water each time I launder them and rinse them twice. They are fairly new (Christmas) and they have developed stiffness in the under arms. He has asked me to buy him new ones. But that is… Read More

Make-up Out of White Towels: Your Questions

September 17, 2008

Q: Can you tell me how to get black make-up out of new white towels? A: A little more info would have been helpful; like name/brand, whether you have tried something to remove it, and the results. The reason is that, unfortunately, these days most make-up is made… Read More

To Bleach or Not To Bleach: Colored vs. White Sheets

September 4, 2008

Q: I am in college to become a Massage Therapist. One of my instructors said that we could not use colored sheets and towels because color safe bleach did not disinfect them. Please let me no if this is true or not. I will pass this info on… Read More

Water Damage Stains on Sheets: Your Questions

September 3, 2008

Q: I have a white 100 % cotton sheet that has been water damaged leaving brownish spots in several places. I’m hoping bleach will remove stains such as this, but what concentration of bleach and should I soak for a length of time? The sheet is fairly new… Read More

Removing Permanent Marker from Fabric: Your Questions

August 28, 2008

Q: I have a new pair of shorts for golfing. First day out I purchased a permanent marker for marking my golf ball and didn’t put the lid on tight. Now I have turquoise permanent ink all over the pocket of the shorts. Is there an easy way… Read More

Red Wine Stains on Light Blue Shirt: Your Questions

August 28, 2008

Q: My husband spilled red wine down the front of a pastel blue golf shirt. Unfortunately we didn’t pretreat the stain. The wine stain stayed there for a few hours. Later we tried to pretreat the stain and wash it, but it didn’t work. The stain was still… Read More

Removing Stains from Rugs: Your Questions

August 26, 2008

Q: Recently I watered a plant that was sitting on a rattan rug. I overwatered it and did not realize this until the next day. Now there is a brown spot on the rug from my stupid mistake. What can I use to erase this stain from the rug…and my… Read More

Stains on Pillowcases: Your Questions

August 26, 2008

Q: I get tan stains on my pillowcases, whether from hair or skin oils. The pillowcases are 100% cotton and colored. These stains do not come out in my laundering them in front-loading machines, and an oily residue seems to remain. (I live in a high-rise apartment building… Read More

Cement Removal from Clothes

August 26, 2008

Q: I am currently utilizing Portland cement in my job, and my crew and I are getting small amounts of the cement on our work clothing. Sometimes…not so small. We are all familiar with the hazards associated with Portland cement on bare skin…however, we are not faring so… Read More

Your Questions: Washing Red Sweatshirts

June 17, 2008

Q: My daughter has a white sweatshirt with red sewn-on embroidered letters. She wore her sweatshirt while working at a car wash fundraiser and now the sweatshirt is pretty dirty. Any suggestions on the best way to wash the sweatshirt? A: It is not clear from your description… Read More

Your Questions: Tomato Sauce Stains

June 13, 2008

Q: I got tomato sauce on a white rayon blouse. I used Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel on it, and the stain disappeared, but after washing there were yellowed stains where I had used the Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel. After checking your website, I tried Clorox®… Read More

Your Questions: Dishwashing Stains and How to Remove Them

May 30, 2008

Q: I have black stains on my dishtowels from pots and pans and have soaked and bleached them, but cannot get rid of the stains. Is there something I can add to the wash water that will remove these stains, other than bleach?A: I’m not sure from your… Read More

Your Questions: White Bathing Suit Discoloration

May 16, 2008

Q: I have a white bathing suit. It has only been worn two times. I washed it with Clorox bleach and it now has a slight yellow tinge to it. The tag said do not use in chlorine. My questions are… Does bleach have chlorine in it? How… Read More

Your Questions: Tomato Sauce Stains on Whites

May 13, 2008

Q: I have a white shirt that is 100% cotton with a spaghetti/tomato sauce stain that did not come out after two times in the washing machine. Unfortunately, the shirt sat in the hamper from Wednesday until Saturday before it was washed. When I discovered the stain, before… Read More

Your Questions: Removing Old Stains

April 25, 2008

Q: I have a christening gown with a yellowish stain around the collar. It has been in a box for years. I need to clean it for the next generation to wear in June. Please help!A: You didn’t give me much detailed information (e.g., the color of the… Read More

Your Questions: Odors on Clothes

April 22, 2008

Q: Can you tell me how to get the odor out of my business blouses, shirts, and jackets? Specifically, I have a new dark burgundy jacket that I’ve worn to work three times, and already I can smell it. It’s made of polyester, nylon and spandex. The cleaning… Read More

Your Questions: Sports Stains

October 2, 2007

Q: I have 26 – 85% polyester, 15% spandex little league football pants that are 75% white and 25% dark blue, and full of dirt, grime and grass stains. I put liquid Clorox 2 on the stains and let them sit a little too long, and the white… Read More

Your Questions: Presoaking with Bleach

September 27, 2007

Q: I wash my rags with the presoak cycle extra long cleaning cycle and use bleach. They still come out looking dirty. Thanks for getting back to me.A: Great idea to use the bleach presoak for extra stain removal boost. Not sure what you are wiping up with… Read More

Your Questions: Body Soil Stains

September 18, 2007

Q: Help! I have tried, in vain, to remove sweat stains that have yellowed my beautiful white sheets. Do you have any recommendations or should I just buy yellow sheets?A: The yellowing is most likely from body soil that has not been totally removed and is building up… Read More

Your Questions: Benzoyl Perioxide and Towels

September 11, 2007

Q: I recently purchased some white towels from LL Bean, & on the washing label it states not to use any product that contains … benzoyl peroxide. Does the Clorox 2 bleach for colors contain this ingredient? Do any of the Clorox products contain it? Thanks for any… Read More

Your Questions: Stains on Vinyl

April 11, 2007

Q: I just purchased “nice” vinyl tablecloths (white) hopefully to use more than once. On the first occasion, spaghetti stains refused to be removed! I used all kinds of bleach products with no avail. Any suggestions?A: Wow, first time and a spaghetti stain! That’s too bad. Vinyl surfaces… Read More

Your Questions: Crayon Stains

March 14, 2007

Q: My 8yr old daughter left a blue crayon in her pants and before I found it. The whole load had gone through the dryer, now I have blue spots on everything in that load (colored clothes). Is there anything that would remove the stains?A: OUCH! I hate… Read More

Color Safe Bleach: Not a Misnomer!

February 22, 2007

Here at Clorox, we always have a number of new products in the pipeline! We’ve launched another new laundry product this spring, building our line of color safe bleach products.We all know how great Clorox® Regular-Bleach is for getting your whites clean and stain free. I’m always asked, “But what… Read More

Lip gloss stains: Your questions

January 25, 2007

Another reader question – this one about lip gloss left in a pocket during the wash.“I washed a load of jeans with some cargo pants at the laundromat. Everything was fine with the pants after I looked at them when they finished washing, so I put them into the dryer. Read More

Keeping Dark Clothes Looking Good

July 21, 2006

Dr. Laundry is away on a special assignment – he asked that I post this response for him today.CJ wrote in asking about getting lint on black capris and how to avoid it. Thought I would take this time to talk about caring for dark clothes, overall.Dark clothes certainly are… Read More