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Removing Denim Stain from the Bottom of the Washer Drum

April 14, 2017

Q. I washed new jeans and its left blue stain in bottom of washer which turns everything pale blue and I want to remove the blue stain from washer bottom. —Anonymous A. Hi There; Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 can be used for general cleaning and maintenance of clothes washers, including removing… 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

Bleaching Water Tanks

November 18, 2013

Can I put some Clorox into the home water tank?   Here are some potential uses that may apply to your situation: 1. If you have a tank with clear water that you simply want to make sure is safe to drink or use for human contact (hand washing, laundry,… Read More

Sanitizing the Washing Machine

November 1, 2013

How can I sanitize my washing machine?    To sanitize your clothes washer, you can run a clean-out cycle while the washer is empty.  If your washer doesn’t have a specific clean-out cycle, you may perform this function manually. Remember: do not put laundry in the washer. Use hot… Read More

Removing Stains from the Washing Machine

October 2, 2013

I washed my colored clothing together and now a few items have black color patches on them. Is there any way to remove those black patches? When the color is only in a few places, it usually means the black color bled directly onto the other items, probably while… Read More

Sanitizing Dishes Using Bleach

August 30, 2013

How do I sanitize my dishes using bleach?  This is a great question.  The correct procedure for sanitizing dishes with Clorox® Regular-Bleach is to first wash and rinse dishes, glassware, and utensils. After washing, soak for at least 2 minutes in a solution of 2 teaspoons of bleach per 1… 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

Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner with a septic tank

October 26, 2012

Can using Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner affect my septic system? I have good news for you: Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner can be safely used to clean clothes washers that drain into septic systems–septic tank operation is not affected by regular home use of the product. Additionally, when used as directed,… 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

Disinfecting a wading pool

July 2, 2012

Can I use Clorox® Regular-Bleach to disinfect a children’s wading pool? It is July and heat waves are hitting all over the country! Many of us want to cool off in a backyard pool, but we also want to make sure there is no dangerous bacteria lurking in these pools… Read More

Ink Stains in Dryer

July 29, 2009

Q. Four pens burst open all over the interior of my dryer. How can I get it clean to do laundry again? A. Bummer of a problem! Usually in this type of situation one is concerned that the ink has been set into the drum surface/liner by the dryer heat. Read More

Cleaning Your Washer With Bleach

April 14, 2009

Q. My frontload washer recommends cleaning the rubber tubing, as well as the inside of the washer, with chlorine bleach. Is this different from Clorox® Regular-Bleach1? A. The new HE frontloaders are wonderful for saving energy/dollars, but can develop an odor problem from unremoved water that settles in the… Read More

Switching to Clorox HE Bleach

February 26, 2009

Q. I just got a new LG HE front-loading washer (love it)! I am using regular Clorox (love it also)! Should I switch to Clorox® High Efficiency Bleach? I have heard stories (and seen videos online) of terrible over-sudsing when using non-HE detergent (because of the surfactants, I think). Read More

Preparing for Flu Season

October 17, 2006

Autumn is here; a season of cooler weather and falling leaves (some parts of the country more than others, of course). In fact, I was up in Lake Tahoe last weekend and even encountered the first snow of the season!As we are all acutely aware, autumn is unfortunately also the… Read More