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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

Tips to Get The Best Benefits From Bleach

October 29, 2015

Q: Clorox bleach turned some of my white clothes yellow. Is there a way to revert them back to white? A: There are so many good reasons to add Clorox® Regular-Bleach to a load of bleachable whites: sanitization, and better cleaning and whitening than you… Read More

#TBT His Favorite Shirt

November 7, 2014

  Maybe it starts when they are kids, wearing the same favorite shirt over and over wishing it would last (or at least fit) forever.  My husband has a favorite shirt that he’s been wearing for a while now.  By a while, we are talking over 10 years!  I’ve even… Read More

Clorox Bleach Pen Gel versus Tide Pen

November 22, 2013

Are a Clorox Bleach Gel Pen and a Tide Pen the same thing?    The Tide Pen and Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel are two different products. Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel is something you would ideally use at home before washing an item because the gel (which contains a… Read More

The Difference Between Color Safe and Non-Color Safe Bleach

November 20, 2013

Can you tell me the difference between color safe and non-color safe bleach?   The bleach active in Clorox® Regular-Bleach is sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl). This is the bleach that people sometimes refer to as “chlorine bleach” (even though the active is hypochlorite, not chlorine). It can be safely used… Read More

Clorox Concentrated Bleach

November 13, 2013

I saw a TV ad which states that Clorox does twice as many loads as bargain bleach. Is this a new product? A little over a year ago, Clorox introduced a new concentrated version of its Clorox® Regular-Bleach, replacing the previous version. For laundry, we recommend using ½… Read More

Making sure you dilute bleach

August 7, 2013

My bleach is leaving lined white residue when left on surfaces. What can I do to solve it? It sounds like you may be pouring undiluted bleach directly onto a surface, which we actually recommend against. Bleach should always be diluted with water first before use—it should never be… Read More

Concentrated Clorox® Regular-Bleach

March 21, 2013

As you may have noticed on your store shelves, Clorox® recently introduced Concentrated Clorox® Regular-Bleach, a more concentrated version of its namesake liquid bleach. You may ask what is different about this product. Concentrated Clorox® Regular-Bleach is the same Clorox bleach product that you have come to know… Read More

Detergent/Bleach Reaction

February 21, 2013

I noticed when I mix Clorox® Regular-Bleach with my detergent, the water becomes orange. Why is this? Will Clorox® Regular-Bleach still sanitize my laundry when this happens?It depends on whether you see the orange color for just a few seconds, or if it remains for the remainder of… Read More

Using high efficiency bleach

February 4, 2013

Do I have to use Clorox® High Efficiency Bleach in my HE washer or can I also use Clorox® Regular-Bleach? This is a great question! How long have you had your HE washer? It’s great that you are making sure whatever laundry products you use in it are appropriate. You… Read More

The Big Game

February 1, 2013

You don’t have to live in the San Francisco Bay Area or Baltimore to be excited about the big game this Sunday—you don’t even have to like football!  The back story of the two coaches—brothers!!—is enough to draw even the most disinterested fan into the hype.  Everyone wants to know… Read More

Clorox2® in Bleach Dispenser

January 9, 2013

Can I put Clorox2® in my LG washing machine bleach dispenser?The bleach dispenser on your clothes washer should only be used for regular household bleach (i.e. Clorox® Regular-Bleach). That’s because the clothes washer will delay flushing the compartment into the washer until later in the cycle. For best results, Clorox2®… Read More

Clorox2 proper use

November 30, 2012

Clorox2® caused a blue stain on several of my family’s garments. How do I get this blue tinge out?This sounds like the liquid Clorox2® was applied directly to stains on the garments (which is good for improved stain removal), but stayed on the fabric too long before being washed. 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

Best times to use bleach in the wash

August 15, 2012

Generally, if your machine has a bleach dispenser, it is a good idea to use it. On some models, the dispenser automatically delays the addition of bleach, which is our “for best results” addition method. Dispensers that do not delay addition, conveniently add the bleach in a method that avoids direct… Read More

Clorox Bleach and water temperature

June 14, 2012

Does Clorox work in cold water?Yes, Clorox® Regular-Bleach is effective in all different temperatures of wash water, including cold. Reducing wash temperature is a great way to save energy and important for protecting our planet, but it’s important to note that there is also a performance trade off. Lower… Read More

Cleaning Dentures

March 28, 2012

Q:  Can I soak my dentures in Clorox®?A:  There are so many different uses for Clorox® Regular-Bleach, but unfortunately cleaning dentures isn’t one of them.  I checked with the ADA website hoping to find some guidance to pass along, and thought this information looked useful: http://www.ada.org/2996.aspx#takecareofDoes anyone have… Read More

One-Stop-Shop Laundry Products

March 23, 2012

Q:  Is there one product that will get everything white, instead of using multiple products?A:  While I wish we had one product that could do it all, a typical load of laundry isn’t always “one size fits all” in determining the best way to wash each item in the load. … Read More

Using Clorox 2® with Other Products

March 8, 2012

Q:  Can you use Clorox 2® with a detergent like Woolite® extra dark care?A:  Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster can be added to any detergent to help with stain removal and brighten colors.  There’s a lot of great information at http://www.clorox.com/products/clorox2/how-to/.  For dark items that people don’t necessarily… Read More

What Does “Non-Chlorine Bleach Only” Mean?

February 10, 2012

Q:  My white t-shirt tag recommends the use of non-chlorine bleach only. I have Clorox® Regular-Bleach, do I need Clorox2® instead?A:  That’s good you are looking at the care label in your shirt! It should also contain information on what the shirt is made of, but sometimes that information is… Read More

“Killing” Scabies

February 8, 2012

Q:  Does disinfecting with Clorox® Regular-Bleach “kill” scabies?A:  Clorox® Regular-Bleach is an EPA registered disinfectant, and any bacteria, fungus, or virus that we can state efficacy for (aka the ability to kill it when the product is used as directed) must be listed as part of the EPA registration. … Read More

What is Bleach?

January 23, 2012

Q: What is bleach? A:  The active ingredient in household bleach is sodium hypochlorite, which is derived from salt.  In fact, Clorox is headquartered in Oakland, California because we started making bleach here by running electricity through salt water from San Francisco Bay! So household bleach begins and ends as… Read More

Leaving Bleach in a Measuring Cup

January 11, 2012

Q: I left a measuring cup with liquid bleach in it for a few days. When I came back, it had crystallized.  I was wondering – can I still use it?  Should I just add water?  A:  This is a really unusual question!  The crystals you found in your measuring cup… Read More

Bleach and Granite Countertops

January 2, 2012

Q: Is Clorox® Regular-Bleach safe to use on my granite countertops? A:  Yes, Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 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 1/2 cup… 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

Ammonia and Bleach

December 26, 2011

Q:  I regularly use ammonia in my laundry, but when the whites won’t come clean I use bleach.  Should I be worried about the ammonia and bleach interacting?A:  Bleach and ammonia should NEVER be mixed since when the two combine, toxic gas is formed that could be fatal.  And it’s… Read More

Hepatitis A

December 19, 2011

Q:  Will using a Clorox ® Regular-Bleach solution destroy the hepatitis A virus on toilet seats?A: Yes, you can disinfect hard non-porous surfaces (like a plastic toilet seat) with a Clorox Regular-Bleach disinfecting solution as follows:Add 3/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon water.Wipe the surface clean, and then apply the… Read More

Water Color Change with Bleach

December 12, 2011

Q: Why does adding Clorox ® Regular-Bleach turn my water pink, and also stain my white items brown? This especially happens when I add detergent (All® HE).  Our water has silica, but that is it.  Could it be the pipes (PVC and copper)?A: It sounds to me like your water… Read More

Regular Bleach Usage on Fabric

December 9, 2011

Q: Does regular use of bleach damage the fabric?A:  Fabrics naturally deteriorate just from wearing, washing, and drying; using bleach doesn’t accelerate this effect.  We have examined this extensively, evaluating a wide variety of white items commonly bleached:  socks, underwear, t-shirts, towels, bed sheets, dress shirts, and even baseball pants.  Items… Read More

Clorox2 in Bleach Dispenser

December 7, 2011

Q:  Can I put Clorox2® in my LG washing machine bleach dispenser?A:  The bleach dispenser on your clothes washer should only be used for regular household bleach (i.e. Clorox® Regular-Bleach).  That’s because the clothes washer will delay flushing the compartment into the washer until later in the cycle.  For best… Read More

H.E. Bleach

November 11, 2011

Q: is it ok to use the high efficiency bleach for H.E. machines in a standard washing machine? I purchased the wrong bleach and want to know if I can use it in my regular machine?A: Good news, you can definitely use HE bleach in a standard washer!  There are… Read More

Fungal Infections and Bleach

October 31, 2011

Q:  I was told that if you use diluted Clorox® Regular-Bleach it will help fungal infections go away.  Is this true?A:  Clorox® Regular-Bleach is NOT recommended for personal hygiene of any kind–consumers should always avoid direct skin and eye contact with both undiluted bleach, as well as the various… Read More

Scented Bleach

October 28, 2011

Q:  Is your Clorox® Scented Bleach, Clean Linen, color safe?A:  All of the Clorox® Scented Bleaches contain sodium hypochlorite, the same active that’s in the regular bleach. Therefore, they are not considered “color safe for all washable fabrics.”  However, many colored items actually can be safely bleached with sodium hypochlorite,… Read More

Disinfecting and Water Temperature

October 26, 2011

Q:  Does the disinfecting action of bleach deactivate in water above 77°F?A:  This is a great question!  The bleach active in Clorox® Regular-Bleach is sodium hypochlorite, and it does not “deactivate” in water above 77°F.  However, a higher water temperature does increase the rate that the bleach degrades… Read More

Infant Clothing & Bleach

October 5, 2011

Q:  Can you use Clorox Regular-Bleach® on a newborn’s clothes?A:  I have good news – you can definitely use Clorox® Regular-Bleach to launder newborn clothing, bedding, car seat liners…you name it!  However, the items do need to be made of fibers that can be safely bleached.  Start by checking… Read More

Dilution Ratio

October 3, 2011

Q:  How do I mix a 1:30 ratio?A:  Basically a 1:30 ratio means 1 part bleach to 30 parts water.  How you measure a “part” depends on how much bleach solution you want to end up with.  Let’s say you want approximately 1 gallon of bleach solution.  1 gallon =… Read More

Outdoor Bleach

September 28, 2011

Q:  Can I use outdoor bleach for laundry?A:  This is an interesting question!  In general, for your ongoing laundry bleaching needs, I would stick with Clorox® Regular-Bleach.  I am guessing you have a bottle of Clorox® Concentrated Outdoor Bleach that you would like to use up. In that… Read More

Ultimate Care Bleach

September 23, 2011

Q:  I would like to wash my fine washables with Clorox® Ultimate Care® Bleach. Do I use it full strength or do I mix it with something so it is not as strong?A:  How you use Clorox® Ultimate Care Bleach depends on your needs for the items you are… Read More

Treating Urushoil – Poison Ivy Rashes

September 9, 2011

Q: Will the Clorox ® Disinfecting Wipes kill urushoil, the oil that causes poison ivy rashes?A:  This is a great question, because “kill” as it pertains to disinfectants, is a term whose use is regulated by the EPA. First, I need to clarify that because urushoil is an oily resin,… Read More

Using Clorox 2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster in Japan

August 22, 2011

Using Clorox 2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster in JapanQ:  I just bought some Clorox2® at Costco in Japan.  As you probably know, our washers here are cold water and most Japanese don’t have dryers.  I didn’t know you had a cold water formula. My kids’ school uniform has a… Read More

Using Washing Machine Cleaner

July 8, 2011

Q:   How should one use Clorox ® Washing Machine Cleaner in a washing machine without a bleach dispenser?A: I am assuming you have a standard deep-fill washer since you don’t have a bleach dispenser.  Begin by selecting a hot water cycle, and start the washer (be sure it is empty). … 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

Chemical Reaction of Bleach & Detergent

July 1, 2011

Q: What type of chemical reaction does the bleach perform in tandem with the detergent?A:  There are many different reactions that happen during a wash cycle.  Detergents at a minimum provide:Builders that tie up water hardness ions (calcium, magnesium, etc) so they can be rinsed away without inhibiting detergency or… Read More

Clorox Plus® Splash-Less Bleach

June 27, 2011

Q:  I just bought the Clorox Plus® Splash-Less Bleach and it is watery, is that normal?A:  I am not sure what you mean by “watery”.  Clorox® Splash-Less Liquid Gel Bleach should be a clear, lime-yellow liquid that is slightly thicker than water.  The thickeners that make it easier to… Read More

Rescuing Spilled Bleach

June 13, 2011

Q:  I had a mishap with some of my whites and tried to use Clorox® Regular Bleach to get the red out. Unfortunately, in the process, the bottle fell and a small hole punctured the Clorox container.  I scrambled to clean up, and had an old bottle of Tide® plus… Read More

Washing Machine Cleaner

May 31, 2011

Q. I love the Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner, but can’t find it.  Do you know where it’s sold?A. I looked online and according to target.com, it is available at many of their stores.  You could also try well-stocked hardware and grocery stores.  Look in the laundry and home cleaning… Read More

Washing Clothes In Soft Water

April 12, 2011

Q: I have a water softener, and know that I can use less detergent to clean my clothes than when washing in hard water. Should I also use less Clorox® Regular-Bleach and Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster?A: Using a water softener to treat hard… Read More

Bleach and Hot Water

February 18, 2011

Q. Does Clorox® bleach evaporate in hot water? The fumes are tremendous (even with good ventilation) when I wash a large load of whites in hot water and 3/4 cup of regular Clorox bleach. I’m thinking of washing my whites in warm water instead.A. Clorox® Regular-Bleach is mostly water:… Read More

Disinfecting Clothing and HE Washer

February 1, 2011

Q. I’m looking for something to run in my HE washer with colors so that any germs are compromised. What do I use? Can’t I just use your regular bleach for HE machines on my colors? I heard I could add it ten minutes into the cycle or something; does… Read More

Coldwater Bleach

January 13, 2011

Q: Do you still make Coldwater Bleach? I live in San Bernardino, CA and was able to buy it about 6 months ago, but can’t find it anywhere.A: This is a very timely question given how cold it is outside right now, and I wish I had better news for… Read More

Colored Loads in a HE Washer

January 6, 2011

Q. I have read about chlorine bleach in a HE washer. But what about bleach for colored clothes? Is it safe and is there a special way of using it?A. For colored loads in a HE washer, I recommend Clorox2 Stain Remover and Color Booster. It contains color-safe bleach,… Read More

Bleach and Hot Water

January 4, 2011

Q. I learned from my mother, who was in the textile business for years, to never wash my whites in bleach and hot water due to the yellowing effect. I have to say that I have done my own bit of research on this over the years and have found… Read More

Clorox® Oxi Magic™ Multi-Purpose Stain Remover

December 7, 2010

Q. Is there any where I can get the 22 oz Clorox® Oxi Magic™ Multi-Purpose Stain Remover spray bottles in the Cincinnati area? Or can it be ordered from somewhere?I really appreciate your efforts to track down Clorox® Oxi Magic™ Multi-Purpose Stain Remover! The good news is that… Read More

Clorox® UltimateCare® Bleach Use in HE Machines

November 9, 2010

Q. I recently purchased a front-loading, high efficiency washing machine, and I’m wondering if I can use Clorox® UltimateCare® Bleach in this machine.(Two options I’ve tried without good results – adding UltimateCare® to the laundry dispenser as you would Clorox 2, and diluting UltimateCare® in water – 1 part water,… Read More

Chlorine Bleach

October 28, 2010

Q. I have a pair of white linen pants and want to launder and bleach them. The label reads “do not use chlorine bleach;” can I or can I not use Clorox® Regular-Bleach on fabrics with a similar label. I am really confused.A. This is a really interesting question. While… Read More

Shelf Life

October 26, 2010

Q. I have a small bottle of chlorine bleach which hasn’t been used for a while – don’t know how long. I opened it today and it no longer has that nice, clean, bleach-y smell. It really has no smell at all. Will it still be functional as bleach? If… Read More

Hot Water and Bleach

October 19, 2010

Q. I have a friend who told me that in college he was told that hot water makes bleach less effective. Is this true? I always wash my whites in the hottest water. Thank you for your input.A. Thanks for the great question. Here is what I would tell your… 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

Bleach Usage in HE Washers

September 9, 2010

I purchased a HE washer and dryer last year. Not long after I bought them, I had two different colored loads that had bleach stains (or lack of color) as if the bleach had been held in the washer. It ruined a comforter. I only use a very small amount… Read More

Softening Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster Powder

August 31, 2010

Q. Can you tell me how to soften a box of Clorox 2® so that I can use it in my washing machine and not waste it?A. Thank you for writing–this is an interesting question. Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster should be stable and usable (and free-flowing) for at… Read More

Septic Tanks and Bleach

August 25, 2010

Q. I use bleach in my white wash, but also have a septic tank. I need to be careful about how much bleach I use, so as not to kill the bacteria in the tank. We are a family of four adults, but have occasional invasions of germy little grandchildren. Read More

HE Washers and Bleach

August 19, 2010

Q. Your website says to use 3/4 of a cup of Clorox to disinfect laundry, but my HE machine is marked “1/3 cup max” in the plastic dispenser drawer for bleach. How can I properly disinfect?A. Our recommendation is always/has been 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach for disinfecting clothes. This was… Read More

Water Temperature and Bleach

August 12, 2010

Recently my family was cleaning my grandma’s house. I was using hot water with bleach to wipe things down, thinking I was disinfecting the surfaces. My sister-in-law informed me that when you use hot water with bleach, you deactivate the bleach. I have never heard this before, is this true?… Read More

Bleach Usage During Pregnancy

August 10, 2010

Q. I recently bought Clorox- Regular Bleach. I wanted to use this to wash my clothes. I was watching your video – Laundry 101 video. Thanks for the nice information. My questions: 1) My wife is pregnant, and I was wondering if I can use this product to clean… Read More

Regular Bleach in HE Machines

July 29, 2010

Q. Is it ok to use “Regular” bleach in an HE machine?A. Thank you for your question. Yes, not only is it OK to use Clorox® Regular-Bleach in your HE clothes washer, it is really important to do so! Any water left behind inside the works of a HE… Read More

Itching Caused by Laundering?

June 17, 2010

Q. Is there any possibility that my use of Clorox bleach in my laundering is a cause of my severe itching? I do an extra rinse to try to eliminate residue.I am away from home for extended periods of time in which I have no itching at all. I do… Read More

Laundry Additives Overview

June 8, 2010

Q. I’ve been reading a lot about additions to white laundry like OxiClean, peroxides, baking soda and bleach. I have not had much luck with just bleach and stain fighters/color-boosters, so I would like to try these methods. However, I have an under-the-counter front-load HE washer (it’s small), and I… Read More

Difference Between Various Stain Removers

May 27, 2010

Q. I would like to know the difference between Tide’s new stain release products and Clorox 2 Stain Fighter & Color Booster. They both work with the detergent, but are the products interchangeable as far as treating stains?A. Thanks for your great question. Both types of products are meant as… Read More

Sanitizing Properties

April 22, 2010

Q. I have a HE machine, and I use bleach several times a week on our household whites. My questions are:1. Is the disinfecting/sanitizing quality the same as Regular bleach when using HE Bleach? 2. Is the bacteria fighting/killing quality the same in Clorox’s scented bleach products as with regular… Read More

The Difference Between Chlorine and Non-Chlorine Bleach

April 8, 2010

Q. What is the difference between chlorine and non-chlorine bleach? Can you only use each on certain things? What’s best for cleaning and for laundry use. If the bleach doesn’t specify which kind it is, does that mean it’s always chlorine unless otherwise specified? A. Yours is a very timely… Read More

Shelf Life of Clorox2® Stain Fighter &Color Booster

April 1, 2010

Q. What is the shelf life of Clorox2 Non chlorine bleach.A. I assume you are asking about the liquid form of Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster. This formula should be stable and useable for at least a year when stored at 70F. More aggressive storage will decrease the… Read More

Clorox Ultimate Care and Disinfection

March 11, 2010

Q. Does Clorox® UltimateCare Bleach kill germs in laundry as well as regular bleach?A. Thanks for your question. The short answer is “No.” In order to make laundry disinfectant claims, a product must be registered with the EPA. It is very costly to operate under the EPA rules, so Clorox… Read More

Bleach 101

February 9, 2010

Q. My husband, who loves bleach, sent me your video the other day because I think bleach is bad for the environment. I listened to it and thought, “Wow, I must have been wrong all this time. Bleach isn’t bad for the environment; it is just salt.” But, having been… Read More

Bleach & Expiration Dates

February 2, 2010

Q. I work at a hospital. They are very strict on expired products. The powers-that-be say that the date stamped on the bottles is an expiration date. A. It is always good to have fresh product available, especially in hospital settings. On the Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 bottle shoulder there is… Read More

Bleach & Hot Water Usage

January 22, 2010

Q. During a recent training session, an instructor told the group that using regular bleach in hot water deactivates the disinfecting properties of the bleach. Is this true? The topic at hand was the use of bleach in a machine and disinfecting the “faces” of mannequins used in CPR training,… 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

Locating Chlorine Free Clorox Bleach

December 8, 2009

Q. I live a small town and have been looking for Chlorine Free Clorox Bleach and I cannot find any in liquid form. I only have located ONE box of powder. I guess my question is, do you still manufacture chlorine-free or is it advertised in a different way? A. Read More

Clorox® UltimateCare Bleach and Disinfecting

November 12, 2009

Q. Please let me know if Clorox® UltimateCare® Bleach disinfects. I use a public laundry room in an apartment complex and would love to switch from Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 to this gentler one, but must have the germ-killing capability. A. You are wise to have a liquid bleach wash… Read More

Removing Transferred Dye

November 5, 2009

Q. I hope you can help me with the following two questions: Can you please let me know which is the best detergent (in terms of removing stains/dirt and keeping the colors) for whites and which one for colors? I’ve noticed that with some clothes I own with fabrics… Read More

Using the Proper Amount of Bleach

October 6, 2009

Q. We have a family friend living with us. When he washes his white clothes, he always adds too much bleach. It makes the house smell, and has given me headaches on more than one occasion. He only washes a small load of whites. I don’t always use bleach, and… Read More

Cleaning Kitchenware with Bleach

September 3, 2009

Q. I have a ceramic crock pot. It’s pretty disgusting right now and I don’t feel comfortable slow cooking food along with whatever germs are living on the pot. Can I use bleach to clean the crock? A. I’m not really clear about your “problem.” The ceramic crock pot is… Read More

Chlorine vs. Non-Chlorine Bleach

August 20, 2009

Q. What is the difference between non-chlorine and chlorine bleach? A. This chlorine and non-chlorine terminology is very old, and I feel, misleading. It is an attempt to classify product actives and is then intended for product usage. Our Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster has hydrogen peroxide… Read More

Disinfecting with Clorox® Clean-Up® + Bleach

August 18, 2009

Q. I know that you can use a bleach solution for cleaning the bathroom of someone with C. diff, but what about your Clorox® Clean-Up ® + Bleach. Does that work as well? A. At the current time, only the bleach solution is EPA-approved. Since the… Read More

Bleach Expiration Date

July 9, 2009

Q. Can bleach go “bad”? I stocked up on bleach last year, and purchased the new gel spill-proof type. It has been under lock and key in my classroom, so I know it has not been diluted by anyone. When I go to use it in the laundry, it does… Read More

Is Clorox2® Non-Chlorine Bleach?

June 30, 2009

Q. Is Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster safe to use on garments with washing instructions that read “use only non-chlorine bleach”? A. The short answer to your question is YES! Our Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster has hydrogen peroxide as its active ingredient and… 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

Using Germicidal Bleach for Laundry

April 23, 2009

Q. I bought a large container of Clorox® Plus® Bleach at Home Depot. It has Germicidal Bleach on the front label. The only direction for use is for surface cleaning, etc. Can I use this bleach on my clothes like Clorox® Regular-Bleach1? A. The short answer to your inquiry is… Read More

Washing Whites in Hawaii

March 10, 2009

Q. I live in Hawaii, and use a cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach1, 1/2 cup of baking soda and hot water when washing whites (it’s usually a large wash load). It looks whiter and brighter. Is laundry soap necessary? Recently, my friend told me that cold water and Clorox works… Read More

Using Bleach with Detergents Containing Hydrogen Peroxide

February 12, 2009

Q. I’m using Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 containing sodium hypochlorite and a detergent for whites containing hydrogen peroxide. I have heard that hydrogen peroxide and sodium hypochlorite react with each other, and that it’s best to choose one and not to use both together. So what do you recommend about the… Read More

Disinfecting with Bleach

February 10, 2009

Q. Does Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster kill 99.99% of bacteria like the Clorox® Regular-Bleach1? A. The simple answer to your question is “no.” Unfortunately, there currently is not a product for disinfecting colored clothes. Our Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster contains hydrogen… Read More

Diluting Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with Bleach®

February 10, 2009

Q. I have a large bottle of Clorox® Clean-Up® + Bleach which shows a concentration of 1.84%. I have a small (now empty) bottle of Clorox® Anywhere® Hard Surface™ Daily Sanitizing Spray, which shows a concentration of 0.0094%. Can I safely take the Clean-Up and dilute… Read More

Clorox/Tide Reaction

January 8, 2009

Q. I notice that when adding Clorox to wash water, which already has Tide in it, the water turns a rusty/orange color. (This color does not spread to my clothes). But when Clorox is added to the water without Tide, there is no change. What’s the cause? A. Directly mixing… Read More

Using Clorox in Front-Loading Washing Machines

January 6, 2009

Q. What’s the right way to use Clorox bleach in my Frigidaire front-loading washing machine? The dispenser drawer has separate compartments for detergent, bleach and fabric softener. How much bleach should I be using? Are there any other points to remember when adding bleach to my machine? A. The simple… Read More

Cleaning with Clorox in Cold Water

December 11, 2008

Q. Does Clorox disinfect laundry as well in cold water as it does in hot? I cannot use Clorox in hot water as my laundry turns brown if I do. I am, therefore, forced to use cold water for things I want to bleach. A. I can easily answer your… Read More

Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster Use

December 2, 2008

Q. Do I pour the new Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster product into my machine’s bleach dispenser, just as I did the old product? A. The new Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster product is a more concentrated version of the former product, in order… Read More

Clorox Regular vs. Clorox Ultimate Care Bleach

November 11, 2008

Q. What is the difference between Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 and Clorox® UltimateCare® Bleach? A. Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 has a higher bleach concentration, a special polymer for removing specific metals to help provide the whitest whites and is a registered EPA disinfectant for laundry and hard, nonporous household surfaces. Read More

Pre-soak Time for Ultimate Care

November 7, 2008

Q. I always presoak my whites in hot water with Clorox® UltimateCare® Bleach. Is there an optimal amount of time for this phase? A. Generally, with presoaking, we recommend a limited exposure time prior to washing (1/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 in a gallon of warm water for 5–10… 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

Your Questions: Disinfecting Children’s Items

July 8, 2008

Q: My toddler has an off-white stuffed lambie that she loves to suck on the ears and legs. It begins to stink very bad with her saliva germs from her mouth so I have washed it and disinfected it with Clorox® Regular-Bleach1. After 3 days or so,… Read More

Your Questions: Disinfecting Laundry

June 10, 2008

Q: My physician just recommended to me that I use regular bleach in my wash to disinfect my whites to kill any bacteria or yeast that may be present. He said that normal detergent doesn’t always kill them. My question for you is concerning color safe bleach. Does… Read More

Your Questions: Listoil

March 24, 2008

Q: I have used Lestoil for removing stains from clothes for years. I love this product but I have found that the store I usually shop in, Giant Eagle, does not carry it any more. Is there somewhere that still sells Lestoil?A: Lestoil is a unique product and… Read More

INTRODUCING: NEW CLOROX® PLUS™ COLDWATER BLEACH

February 6, 2008

In my last three posts, I discussed the ins-and-outs of cold water laundry. Today, I’m excited to share our latest introduction as a part of new Clorox® Plus™ line: Clorox® Plus™ Coldwater Bleach which starts shipping this month. This product is specially formulated to provide powerful whitening in energy saving… Read More

What Makes Clorox Bleaches So Special?

October 22, 2007

I thought it might be a good time to quickly review some of the special properties of Clorox Bleaches. Some of you may have seen the Sunday insert/coupon and logged on to check out my blog. I try to provide a quick source of laundry and product knowledge and allow… Read More

Your Questions: The Smell of Bleach

October 5, 2007

Q: When I launder my whites with Clorox, they tend to smell like bleach afterwards. Is there any way to get rid of the bleach smell on my whites?A: The bleach smell is one of those things that you either LOVE, because it means clean to many consumers…… 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

INTRODUCING NEW CLOROX2® for Colors FREE & CLEAR

February 23, 2007

As I mentioned in my previous posting, we have a new laundry product on the market, called Clorox 2® for Colors Free & Clear. The great thing about this product is that helps keep your colors as bright as your whites are white, without the use of perfumes or dyes. Read More

Happy New Year!!!

January 8, 2007

Ok, I’m baaack in the office and ready to roll for 2007! Since a lot of my colleagues are still away this week, it is relatively quiet at work, making this a great time to reflect on the past year and gaze into the future.Here are some random thoughts on… Read More

Happy Turkey Day!!

November 22, 2006

As the holiday season kicks off, so do the big family dinners and the arrival of important house guests. If you’re like me, you love the festivities, but dread the aftermath – stained linens, cranberry and gravy-spotted shirts. Well, once again my holiday hotline is up and running for those… Read More

Getting ready for Turkey Day

November 20, 2006

It’s about that time again, and I can almost smell the turkey cooking! Thanksgiving is a holiday full of family, friends, fun and plenty of yummy foods and drinks. However, before the festivities comes all the holiday preparations, and that can lead to feelings of chaos. It can be so… Read More

College Prep – Laundry 101!

August 31, 2006

Enthusiastic parents like me who are sending away their child(ren) to college may feel the urge to provide great pearls of wisdom about forthcoming new experiences, study habits and life experiences. There is a good probability those pearls might fall on skeptical ears or seen as being outdated. One key… Read More

More on New Clorox® UltimateCare™ Premium Bleach

August 10, 2006

I’m so excited about this product that I had to dedicate two posts to it! Here is some more detail on our newest product.There is the PACKAGE. We needed something to compliment and show off this special product. Tami and her team pulled out all the stops on this one.It… Read More

Introducing New Clorox® UltimateCare™ Premium Bleach

August 10, 2006

OK—I’m finally letting out the secret about the new Clorox bleach product I’ve been alluding to in my posts for the last several weeks. We’re launching Clorox® UltimateCare™ Premium Bleach. We call it “The Unexpected Bleach!” Big drum roll and trumpet noises, please!!There are always projects in the works in… Read More

Bleach Myth Busting 101: Fabric Safety & Bleach

July 7, 2006

Throughout my years, I’ve answered many questions about bleach and the safety of using it. Despite what you may be thinking, properly bleaching fabrics will not destroy them. There, I said it! And it’s not just because I work for Clorox. We’ve done what seems like a ton of fabric… Read More

The “White” Stuff

June 27, 2006

Calling all fashionistas: white pants, blouses and handbags are all the fashion rage –  even after Labor Day. I’m not kidding! The archaic “rule” prohibiting white to be worn other than between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been largely brushed aside. According to legend, wearing white after Labor Day… Read More

Summer Stain Blunders

June 23, 2006

With summer now in full swing, it is a good time to start discussing some common summer stain blunders that are going to happen during this season’s activities.Speaking of summertime activities – check out photos of the stuff we’ve been doing with several Minor League Baseball teams this year. Everyone… Read More

How to Use Bleach

June 9, 2006

Dr. Laundry’s DO This So You Won’t be Sorry Tips: Whenever you are using a laundry product for the first time and you have some anxiety/concerns about whether it’s OK to proceed, try the following list to help ease your mind.   ALWAYS read the garment/fabric label.  It contains useful… Read More