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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

Cleaning My Dog’s Paws — Is it ok?

April 14, 2017

Q: Cleaning dogs’ paws. Is it ok? What is the proper dilution with water? Jim A: Hi Jim; Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 (or any of our other laundry and home cleaning products for that matter) should not be used to clean dog paws. I would stick with whatever shampoo you use… Read More

Outdoor Mold & Mildew

April 22, 2015

We love our home, a 95 year old bungalow with a stucco exterior and beautiful old-glass windows.  What I don’t love is how every winter the north-facing front of the house gets no sun!  It’s the perfect environment for mold and mildew to develop, especially the areas with no protection… 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

Helping Flowers Last Longer

September 23, 2013

Can I use bleach to help fresh cut flowers stay fresh longer? My favorite way to help a beautiful bouquet of flowers stay fresh longer is to add a very small amount of Clorox® Regular-Bleach to the water in the vase before putting in the flowers. All you need… 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

Preserving the life of flowers with bleach

July 31, 2013

How do you preserve flowers with bleach? This is a great question, and a lot more fun than dealing with mold removal! You can absolutely use Clorox® Regular-Bleach to preserve fresh cut flowers so they stay beautiful longer. Here’s how: add ¼ teaspoon Clorox® Regular-Bleach to 1 quart… Read More

Disaster Preparedness and Purifying Water

October 31, 2012

Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, the East Coast is really taking a beating from the weather, making this an important time to review how to use Clorox® Regular-Bleach (and New Concentrated Clorox® Regular-Bleach) for emergency disinfection of drinking water.  It’s not always practical in an emergency situation to boil… Read More

Bathing in Bleach Water

March 30, 2012

Q: Can I bath in bleach water?   A:  Clorox® Regular-Bleach is NOT recommended for personal hygiene of any kind–consumers should always avoid direct skin and eye contacts with both undiluted bleach, as well as prolonged contact with the various bleach solutions we recommend for household cleaning and laundry.  Perhaps you… Read More

DIY: From the Runway to Your Closet

February 15, 2012

With all the looks coming down the runway during Fashion Week, my inner designer is itching to share some creations! Tomorrow, Fashion Week will come to a close, but not before a very important show that Clorox is helping to sponsor. On February 16th at 3pm ET you can tune… Read More

Disinfecting Water While Camping

May 25, 2010

Q. My question concerns using Clorox bleach to disinfect shower and kitchen wastewater in a tent/camping situation. We don’t re-use the water, and we don’t expect 100% disinfection. However, we do need an easy-to-follow guideline that accommodates a variety of temperatures and quantity of contaminants, and will keep the microbes… Read More

Clorox and Gray Water Systems

February 23, 2010

Q. I have used Clorox® bleach all my life, and I was told to put a gallon down our well until we connect it. Can I then use Clorox on my clothes when I wash them if I am now to have a gray water system and use the water… Read More

Disinfecting Pool Water

February 18, 2010

Q. Knowing the ratio of bleach to cold water that is safe to spray on children’s toys, I thought it would be a good solution for our child’s pool. We have a blow-up pool that holds a little more than 50 gallons. In the summer in Washington, we have two… Read More

Lightening Sheets

December 11, 2008

Q. I purchased a set of 100% Italian cotton sheets that are very yellow. I want to make them as pale cream as possible. Should I use Clorox with hot or cold water? A. Not sure that I have enough info to properly answer your question. It depends on what… Read More

Lightening Blue Jeans

November 20, 2008

Q. Could you please tell me how to lighten a pair of medium-colored Levi’s blue jeans? A. There are several approaches that could work to lighten the color in your jeans. It depends on the “look” you are after. I am assuming you want kind of a uniform color. For… Read More

Top 5 Germ Hot Spots in the Home

December 7, 2006

As we’re in full swing of holiday season, it is tough to find the time to clean house! You should be all caught up from the Thanksgiving laundry. Luckily, doing a top-to-bottom home cleaning may not be needed but you should always concentrate on a handful of spots that contain… Read More

Germs in the Laundry

November 7, 2006

With the cold and flu season starting up, everyone starts asking germ questions. A familiar one is about germs in the laundry; what’s killed and what’s left. So I pulled out some published research that I thought would be helpful.The best was a study conducted by Dr Chuck Gerba at… Read More