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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 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

Scrub Singles

February 1, 2016

  While I usually focus on laundry issues, home cleaning is another area I periodically write about. Take the foul smelling kitchen sponge: it has an odor no one likes, but everyone gets stuck with. The smell is particularly bad when a used sponge dries out and then gets wet… Read More

How much laundry (pants, shirts) per load?

March 12, 2015

Q:  I have seen your video on bleach for beginners on Youtube. I need some advice on how to wash clothes in a Kenmore 500 top loader.How many pants and/or shirts can go in, but most of all how much detergent to    use for each load, also how much fabric… 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

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

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

Using bleach to sanitize sippy cups

January 18, 2013

Is it safe to use bleach to sanitize sippy cups and straws?You CAN safely use a bleach solution to sanitize sippy cups! To make the bleach solution, add 1 Tablespoon Clorox® Regular-Bleach to 1 gallon of water. To sanitize the sippy cups, disassemble all the different parts (mouthpiece, lid,straws,… Read More

Bleach and Granite Countertops

January 11, 2013

Is Clorox® Regular-Bleach safe to use on my granite countertops?Yes, Clorox® Regular-Bleach is safe for sealed granite countertops. Remember, bleach should never be used full strength for cleaning any surface–it should always be diluted with water first. For disinfecting countertops, use a solution of 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach… Read More

Mopping Floors with Bleach

January 4, 2013

Q: Bleach sometimes affects my asthma when I clean with it; how much liquid bleach do you recommend when mopping floors? A: You probably know this, but it’s always good to clarify: Clorox® Regular-Bleach should always be diluted when used—we never recommend using it full strength for cleaning any hard… Read More

Removing mildew from sidewalks

October 8, 2012

This summer, mildew built up all over my sidewalk. How can I use Clorox to remove it?What a great project to tackle at the end of summer mildew buildup! For mildew removal on concrete (such as a patio), use a dilution of 1 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of… Read More

Disinfecting flooded rooms with bleach

August 2, 2012

My basement flooded due to rain, with sewers overflowing from outside and creek overflow as well. What do I use to wash everything down with so it will be disinfected? Below is information on disinfecting your basement with Clorox® Regular-Bleach1, but first I want to remind you how to… 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 disinfect canine parvovirus on hard wood floors

May 23, 2012

My puppy came down with parvo. Can I use Clorox® on pine wood floors?Regarding your wood floor, as long as it has a finish (in good condition) on it that effectively makes it a hard non-porous surface, a singular bleach treatment should be OK.  Even so, you should still test… 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

Crystallization of Bleach on Floors

February 22, 2012

Q:  I’ve seen on a few posts that mention bleach can crystallize if proper conditions are met. I work at a company that uses Clorox to sanitize the floor and some of the equipment. I find that after cleaning, when the equipment is moved or the floor remains wet, a… Read More

Bleach on Hardwood Floors

December 23, 2011

Q:  Is it safe to use Clorox® Regular-Bleach on finished hardwood floors?A:  Generally, Clorox® Regular-Bleach is suitable for disinfecting floors made of hard surfaces like ceramic tile, vinyl, and linoleum—not marble or other porous surfaces that aren’t safe for bleach.  Wood is porous, and generally we only recommend bleaching… Read More

Removing Bleach Stains from Vinyl Flooring

September 7, 2011

Q:  How do I remove a bleach stain from a vinyl floor?A:  It is always helpful to know a little more about the stain.  For example:  is it lighter than the overall color of the vinyl floor, or is it some sort of discoloration?  Do you know how it happened,… Read More

Disinfecting Wooden Floors and Colored Fabrics

March 31, 2011

Q: How do I disinfect my black couch and wooden floors without damaging them?A: As long as the wood flooring has a finish that effectively makes it a hard surface, a singular bleach treatment of a disinfecting solution should not damage the wood; although I would suggest… Read More

Removing Algae from Exterior Surfaces

March 8, 2011

Q: I have algae growing on an exterior surface of my home and was wondering if I can remove it using a combination of Tide® Laundry Detergent and bleach. A: Unfortunately, we have never studied the combination of Tide® Laundry Detergent and Clorox® Regular-Bleach as an effective and safe… Read More

Removing Tarnish from Clothing Decorations

January 11, 2011

Q. Any tips on removing tarnish from the beads/decorations sewn on holiday sweaters? The sweaters are hand washable.A. Tarnish is simply a thin layer of metal oxide formed when a metal (for example copper, bronze, silver, or aluminum) reacts with oxygen. Note that silver also needs to have contact with… Read More

Shower Liners

December 23, 2010

Q. Can I use this in the washer with a plastic shower liner? It has a lot of mildew on it. I am not using it on clothes, just this plastic shower liner.A. Thanks for the question. How old is your plastic shower liner? If it is still fairly new… Read More

Cleaning Floors with Bleach

December 2, 2010

Q. I know that you have a lot of replies but I’m really hoping you can help me with this. My father decided to try to clean our floors (marble) with Clorox and water, but I think the mixture might have been slightly too strong. Since the marble floors were… Read More

How to Clean Marble

August 3, 2010

Q. We have tumbled marble tile in our newly renovated master bathroom shower. Can we use Clorox to control the mold/mildew in the shower without damaging the tile? A. Congratulations on surviving a remodel; your bathroom sounds beautiful. Unfortunately, I can’t give you a recommendation for bleach usage on tumbled… Read More

Removing Mildew from Drywall

May 6, 2010

Q. We had a water leak inside a wall (made of drywall). We’d like to know what to do to prevent mildew build up inside the wall that had the leak. We’ve cut a hole in the wall to get air in there, can we spray Clorox inside to kill… Read More

Pet Spotting

July 21, 2009

Q. Help! Our male dog leaves yellow/greenish spots on our painted walls. These walls are a cream/whitish flat paint and I don’t know what to use that will not take the paint off the wall. We live in an apartment and I need to remove the spots before we move. 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

How to Get Rid of Mold

February 5, 2009

Q. I have mold on my ceilings and walls. How do I dilute Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 to spray on it and kill it? A. Clorox has several ways for you to do this. Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 can be made into an effective solution and applied directly to the problem area. Read More

Cleaning Tile

December 18, 2008

Q. I have been using every Clorox product known to man to try to clean the grout in my shower. It has helped to some extent, but is not getting all the mildew (and I have even used straight Clorox and scrubbed it with a grout brush). After rinsing the… Read More

Floor Stains

December 9, 2008

Q. I had a plant sitting on my linoleum floor. Water percolated thru the dirt and onto the floor leaving a stain. Can I remove it using Clorox? A. While not a floor specialist, here’s my opinion/approach: This could be a tough one if the plant/water have been in contact… 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

How to Clean Granite Countertops

September 17, 2008

Q: I’m still not sure if any of your products are safe for granite kitchen countertops. While our granite was sealed upon installation (as all granite is!), it has not been done in four years — and our granite expert tells us it’s still fine. We do not… 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