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

May 5, 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!

April 30, 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

Outdoor Mold & Mildew

April 21, 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

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 the … 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 Unknown Stain From Upholstery

April 8, 2015

Q: Please recommend best method for removing unknown stain from dining room chair upholstery A: I wish I knew a little more about the stain. Is it older, or did it just appear this week?  Did it soak in or does it look like it’s on the surface of the … 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 27, 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 at … Read More

How To Remove Acrylic Paint From Polyester

March 25, 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 to get … 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, Clorox 2 Color safe bleach and OxyClean and the stain still won’t come out.  My last option is Pure old Clorox Bleach.  I do not want … 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

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 lipstick from my sofa?

February 9, 2015

Q: How do I remove lipstick from my sofa? A:   The technique I recommend for removing lipstick from a garment will only work on your sofa as long as the lipstick stain is on a cushion cover that can be removed. It is also necessary that the fabric be … 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 30, 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

Ink stain removal

January 14, 2015

Q: I want to learn more about ink stain removal.   A: In general, I recommend a two-step process for dealing with ink stains that I hope will help you.  Before you start, you need to determine the colorfastness of the item if it’s not white.  (Note that you should … Read More

How do you remove yellow cigarette smoke stains from polyester?

January 9, 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 you remove bleach stains?

December 10, 2014

Q: How do you remove bleach stains?  A: Thank you for sending in your question.  This sounds like a problem I actually have had to deal with myself.  I try to be careful with spray cleaners that include bleach, but even so I still occasionally end up with tell-tale light … 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 test … Read More

Trouble with Dye Transfer

December 8, 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

Clorox® Urine Remover

December 3, 2014

I’ll admit it — when I was given the chance to do a home test of new Clorox® Urine Remover, I was super excited! It was perfect timing, too, since our 13½-year-old yellow lab, Bella, recently had an “accident” on our TV room carpet. Like many other dog owners with … Read More

Issues with your washer’s bleach dispenser?

November 18, 2014

Q:  My washing machine has a bleach dispenser and I washed all of my whites and put in about ½ of a cup. They came out fine, but I had a load of towels to wash afterwards. They came out with bleach stains all over them. So my question is, … 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

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 … 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

How to fix your clothes after a dye transfer dilemma

October 13, 2014

Q: I accidentally threw my girls’ clothes with a black dress of mine and all of their clothes now have a gray tint! I washed it a couple of times with vinegar (home remedy I read online) and it was no help. I’m getting ready to wash it with Clorox2, … 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

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

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 through … Read More

Removing rust stains

February 25, 2013

How can I remove rust in fabrics? 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, and these can be found at hardware stores—just be sure to read and follow the … 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 … 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 the … 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 … 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 … Read More

Instructions for making Polka Dot Canvas shoes

February 11, 2013

This is such a fun project!  In addition to being an easy last minute Valentine’s Day gift, it’s also a great way to perk up an older pair of shoes. To do it yourself, here’s how! Materials Clorox® Bleach Pen® Gel Cotton canvas shoes* Hydrogen Peroxide … Read More

Removing melted crayon

February 8, 2013

I ran my child’s clothes through the dryer without realizing there was a crayon in there too. How can I remove the stain? It doesn’t matter whether the crayon melted in the pocket of a sweatshirt left in the hot car or accidentally went through a hot dryer—you … 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. 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 … 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

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

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

Removing mildew from textiles

January 14, 2013

How do I remove mildew from clothes? Mildewed textiles need to be treated right away to help keep the problem from getting worse. You didn’t say what color your clothing is or if any of the items are bleachable. If you are not sure, you can do a … 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 per … 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® should … 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 … 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 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 … 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 … 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 cake icing stains

December 26, 2012

How do I remove colored cake icing? Frosting usually contains butter or shortening, or some mixture of the two; and so you do NOT want to rinse the stain first before treating it. Instead, start by gently scraping away as much stain as you can (plastic knives work well for … Read More

Holiday Stain Solutions

December 24, 2012

Christmas wasn’t meant to be stressful, but with so much to do—get the shopping done (find the lowest price!), plan the menu, deliver beautifully wrapped homemade gifts, write and send a family greeting, and hurry!!—it often ends up that way.  And now it’s finally here!  Hopefully you can relax a … 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 bleach pen—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, it will … 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! … 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 … 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 … Read More

The Perfect Holiday Gift

December 5, 2012

The perfect holiday gift—it should be personal, one-of-a-kind, and not outrageously expensive. Oh, and of course you want the recipient to totally LOVE it!  Well, I’ve got a gift suggestion that could be all that: a beautiful striped scarf you customize yourself with my favorite product, Clorox® Regular-Bleach. It’s so … 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 … 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

Addressing a gasoline spill on clothing

November 28, 2012

How can I treat a gasoline spill on my black cotton and spandex yoga pants? This is such an interesting question, and the answer needs to address more than just cleaning—there’s a safety issue, too. Clothes washer and dryer manufacturers don’t want oil or gasoline soaked items going … Read More

Towel discoloration

November 26, 2012

I just bought new dark towels and they turned blotchy and orange after the first wash. I only used detergent and fabric softener. What could have happened? What an unfortunate situation! I can’t be sure what went wrong, but I’d like to address a few possibilities and tips … Read More

Treating a gravy stain

November 23, 2012

Happy Black Friday! Between fueling up for midnight shopping and cleaning up Thanksgiving dinner, I bet there were some gravy spills in the last 24 hours. To help you tackle this tricky stain, I wanted to provide my favorite treatment for gravy stains. Gravy is a complex stain with grease, … 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 … 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 … Read More

Removing cranberry sauce stains

November 16, 2012

How do I remove cranberry sauce stains from my clothing? Cranberries and cranberry sauce are holiday staples. Cranberries are festive fruits, but their juice and sauce stains have an intense color with skins, seeds and sugars to be concerned about. Rinse the stained area with cold water. Do … 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 … 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 … 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 of … 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 … 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 … 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 water for … 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 … 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. 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 … 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 … Read More

Fixing shirts that were accidentally bleached

October 22, 2012

My son bought two new white shirts and assumed he could use bleach. They are now yellow. What can he do? Let me guess–the shirts are cotton, but also contain a small amount of spandex. Or maybe they are polyester sport shirts that also include spandex. Unfortunately spandex … 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 Fighter 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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

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 … Read More

Separating whites, mediums and darks

October 3, 2012

I am a clothes hound college student that is just now learning I need to take better care of these clothes! I ALWAYS separate my colors; whites, mediums, & darks, but I was wondering should I be dividing my mediums? My medium colors consist of anything and everything that isn’t … 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 … 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 … Read More

Removing hot chocolate stains

September 26, 2012

It is officially fall! With the change of seasons come a change of weathers, and a cool weather favorite has always been hot chocolate! Chocolate has fine particles and milk proteins that can make this a difficult stain to remove Soak fabric in cold water and good liquid laundry … Read More

Fall’s Hottest Fashion DIY: Two-Tone Tee-Shirt

September 24, 2012

As promised, today marks part two of our DIY Fall Fashion series! Below are some instructions on how you can create your dip-dyed t-shirt. Be sure to let us know how your pair turns out in the comments section and feel free to link to a picture of your results! … Read More

Fall’s Hottest Fashion DIY: Polka Dot Jeans

September 21, 2012

The hot trend in denim this fall is polka dots! But why spend hundreds of dollars on designer jeans when it is so simple to make your own with a pair you already own? Below are some instructions on how you can create your own pair of designer-inspired jeans for … 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 … 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. 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. 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

Removing melted crayons

September 5, 2012

It doesn’t matter whether a crayon melted in the pocket of a sweatshirt left in the hot car or accidentally went through a hot dryer—you have quite a problem to deal with. Crayons have a waxy component that doesn’t break up in a detergent and water solution–that’s why these stains … Read More

Happy Labor Day!

September 4, 2012

Happy Labor Day! It’s bittersweet to see summer coming to an end, but with fall comes hayrides, apple cider, and plenty of holidays to celebrate. I hope everyone was able to celebrate and enjoy a relaxing holiday. Last week, I provided some tips on how to treat your summer whites … 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

Summer time is coming to a close…

August 27, 2012

With summer coming to a close, not only is it time to put away your summer whites, it’s also back to school season! During the next few weeks, we will feature some tips on how to best prepare for the end of summer and some of those pesky back-to-school stains. 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 … 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

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

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 … 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 … Read More

Removing bad smells from gym clothes

August 9, 2012

I workout often, and it seems some shirts have a permanent odor of sweat or mold. Will Clorox 2® help on my colored laundry? The bleach active in Clorox2®, hydrogen peroxide, is a gentle bleach, making it safe for almost all washable colored items. However, it doesn’t meet EPA disinfecting … 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 … Read More

What is the “bleachability” test?

August 3, 2012

Many people don’t know, but you may actually be able to use Clorox® Regular-Bleach to safely wash some colored clothes provided they are colorfast to bleach and don’t contain any spandex. To check if clothes can be bleached, we have our “bleachability” test. Test clothes as follows: • Mix a … Read More

Disinfecting flooded rooms with bleach

August 2, 2012

My basement flooded due to rain, with sewers over-flowing from outside and creek over-flow 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-Bleach, but first I want to remind you how to work … 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 … 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, … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 Fighter and Color … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Happy Leap Second Day!

June 30, 2012

Did you know that today, June 30, 2012, we get an extra second in our day? Really! Today everyone gets an extra second to do anything they want. Check out the video below for some ideas on how to put the extra second to use. If after watching the video … 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 … 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 Clorox® 2 Stain Fighter & Color Booster into stain and rub it in. Wait for 5-10 minutes, then wash immediately in the hottest water recommended using … 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 … 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 … Read More

Clorox Bleach and water temperature

June 13, 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

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 … Read More

How to remove mustard stains

June 1, 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 … Read More

How to restore clothes after a dye transfer

May 29, 2012

You should be able to restore items that picked up color with a bleach soaking solution as long as an item is safely bleachable.  First, check the care labels – Don’t use the soaking solution on items that contain wool, silk, mohair, spandex, and leather – These should never be … 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 … Read More

How to remove color bleeding during laundering

May 21, 2012

How do I remove color bleeding during laundering? Most garments that are new bleed a little, but usually they do stop after a few cycles, so washing newer items alone or only with like colors is a pretty effective strategy for limiting dye transfer.  To restore items that have picked … 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 Fighter 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 … Read More

“Ultra” White Spot on White Shirt from Clorox2®

May 14, 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 … 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 … 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 Fighter and Color Booster or liquid dishwashing detergent.  Apply a little and … Read More

Color Bleeding Removal

April 17, 2012

Q:  How do I remove color bleeding during laundering? A: Most garments that are new bleed a little, but usually they stop after a few cycles, so washing newer items alone or only with like colors is an effective strategy for limiting dye transfer.  To restore items that have … 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 … 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 … 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, … Read More

Gum Stain on Leather

April 6, 2012

Q:  How can I get gum out of a leather sofa? A:  The most effective way to remove gum from just about anything is to use ice cubes to freeze the gum, and then gently scrape away the hardened chunks with a dull knife.  Just put the ice directly onto … 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 … 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 … 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

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#takecareof Does anyone … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Disinfecting After Ring Worm

March 14, 2012

Q:  How do I treat laundry after a ring worm infestation? A:  That’s too bad about the ringworm!  To disinfect white or safely bleachable colored laundry, wash in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach. For extra-large or heavily soiled laundry, use … Read More

Bleachable Moments by the Numbers

March 13, 2012

I’m sure you have seen or heard about our Bleachable Moments contest where mess survivors like you and me shared more than 21,670 Bleachable Moments stories. I loved seeing that I was not alone in messy moments like potty training toddlers, sick kids, clogged toilets and… well the list goes … 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 … 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:  Clorox 2® Stain Fighter 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 … 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 … Read More

Following My Own Advice

February 29, 2012

How would you handle a major home remodel that not only demolishes the kitchen, but the laundry room as well?  Staring at the open wall studs that revealed the disconnected pipes that a few weeks ago were attached to my neighbor’s clothes washer I couldn’t help but ask that question.  … Read More

Clorox 2® Stain

February 27, 2012

Q: How do I remove a stain caused by Clorox 2® Stain Fighter and Color Booster?  It’s a ring around what used to be a coffee stain. A:  What you describe sounds like liquid Clorox 2® was applied directly to the coffee stain (which is good for improved stain removal), … 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

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

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

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 … 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

Don’t Stress the Smears and Smudges This Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2012

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, and when I looked at the calendar this morning I realized it really is right around the corner! However you spend it, your Valentine’s Day is bound to be full of love, smooches and boxes of chocolate. But we … 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

Adding Extra Bleach in Rinse Cycle

February 3, 2012

Q:  Are there any health/fire/safety risks associated with adding bleach to the rinse cycle (when already used in the wash cycle) to whiten dingy cleaning rags? A:  Thanks for sending in your question — it’s a very interesting one!  There’s no fire risk with Clorox® Regular-Bleach.  From the product’s Material … 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 … 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

30 Things About Me

January 27, 2012

We all know I enjoy sharing my knowledge about spills, stains, and cleaning with you all, to help keep your laundry looking its best. Recently, I noticed that many people are sharing more about themselves on Twitter using #30ThingsAboutMe, and thought this would be a great opportunity to share more … Read More

Cleaning an Old Washing Machine

January 25, 2012

Q:  Can I use Clorox® Regular-Bleach in my old washing machine to clean it? A:  This is an interesting question!  My first thought is yes, but your washer is old so it depends on the condition of your machine.  If enamel or metal surfaces inside the washer have been chipped … 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

Blue Jeans and Bleach

January 20, 2012

Q:  Can I use Clorox® Regular-Bleach on my blue jeans to create a “stain” look? A:  To create a “stain look” by using bleach to lighten portions of the denim, first let me remind you to never apply full-strength bleach to anything, even if your goal is color loss.  Bleach … Read More

Sharpie® Stain

January 18, 2012

Q: Have a stain from a Sharpie®, how do I remove it? A:  Sharpie® pens are generally permanent, so it may be difficult to get the stain out.  That said, if you start by pre-treating the stain with a little bit of alcohol-based hand sanitizer to begin breaking up the … 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 … 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

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 … Read More

Disinfecting for Pets

January 9, 2012

Q:  Our cat had a nasty virus. After it was resolved I went through and cleaned his litter box area with a Clorox® Regular-Bleach and water solution to get rid of the germs. Once this dries, is it safe for pets? Or should I make an effort to clean any … Read More

Dying Blue Jeans White

January 6, 2012

Q: Can I dye blue jeans white with Clorox® Regular-Bleach? A:  It really depends on how the jeans were made and what type of dye was used to color the blue yarns.  Depending on the dye class, the blue color could actually be safe for bleach.  On the other hand, … Read More

Gasoline Smell on Clothing

January 4, 2012

Q:  How do I get gasoline smell out of clothing? A:  This is such an interesting question, and the answer needs to address more than just cleaning – there’s a safety issue too.  If the clothes have a lingering gasoline smell, that means they probably have residual gasoline on them.  … 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-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® … 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 … 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

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

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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.  … 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 … Read More

Cleaning Heaters with Bleach

December 5, 2011

Q: Why I smell aluminum when I clean my heaters with Clorox® Regular-Bleach? A:  I’m actually not sure!  Are these radiant heaters in an older home, or the registers on the floor or wall of a forced air heating system, or a portable electrical heater?  I suspect that there is … 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

Sanitizing Pet Bowls

November 30, 2011

Q:  How much Clorox® Regular-Bleach is needed to sanitize pet bowls? A:  Here’s how to use Clorox® Regular-Bleach to sanitize food and water dishes for pets: Wash the bowl with soap and water. Prepare a bleach solution:  add 1 Tablespoon bleach to 1 gallon of water. Fill … Read More

Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner

November 28, 2011

Q:  Can I do laundry after using Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner? A:  When using Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner, be sure to always select an extra rinse when you are setting up the cycle.  If your washing machine doesn’t have an optional extra rinse cycle, then you can do this manually … Read More

Bleaching Out Color

November 25, 2011

Q:  How do I bleach out all the color from a blue jumpsuit?  I need a white costume? A:  This sounds like a great project–I would love to know what the final costume will be.  You might be able to use Clorox® Regular Bleach to strip the blue color from … Read More

Sanitizing Colored Laundry

November 23, 2011

Q:  I use bleach to sanitize, as well as whiten, my whites.  How can I sanitize bedding, towels, and underwear that are bright or dark colors? A:  Unfortunately, there are currently no products that disinfect all colored laundry.  Our Clorox2® Stain Fighter and Color Booster contains hydrogen peroxide as its … Read More

Bleach Stain on Shoes

November 21, 2011

Q:  How do you remove a Clorox® Regular Bleach stain out of shoes? A:  This sounds like quite a problem because stains caused by undiluted bleach are unfortunately not reversible.  The trick is to try to keep the shoes wearable by either camouflaging the spot or bleaching the rest of … Read More

Adding Bleach to Rinse Water

November 18, 2011

Q:  Can I add bleach to the rinse cycle? A: The short answer:  it depends!  If your clothes washer is a traditional top loading deep-fill washer with one rinse cycle, then no, you do not want to add bleach to the rinse cycle because there will be residual bleach left over … 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 … Read More

Soaking a Knitted Shirt

November 14, 2011

Q: I have a knitted shirt that has some stains, how long should I let it soak with out damage? A:  Here’s a quick guide to help: A pre-soak with Clorox® Regular Bleach:  Use 1/4 cup bleach per gallon of water; fully submerge for 5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.  (Note: … 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 … 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 … Read More

Mildew on Outdoor Furniture

November 7, 2011

Q:  What should I use to clean mildew from the cushions on our porch chaise lounge. The cushions are made of heavy duty cloth. A:  I can recommend a bleach solution, but in addition to removing the mildew it could also alter the color of the cushions depending on the … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Cleaning an In-ground Pool

October 19, 2011

Q:  I have an in-ground pool and was told that putting Clorox® Regular-Bleach in the water would help prevent algae during the winter. Is this true, and if so, how much would I need if my pool holds 33,000 gallons of water? A: There’s a protocol when using Clorox® Regular-Bleach … Read More

Neutralizing Rinse

October 17, 2011

Q:  How do I make a neutralizing rinse? A: This is an interesting question – what do you want to rinse?  In general, the rinse cycle that follows the wash cycle, will effectively neutralize a laundry load with bleach.  However, there are times when people are working on fabric projects … Read More

Disinfecting Laundry

October 12, 2011

Q: How would I kill Staphylococci bacteria, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, and MRSA on scrubs? A:  To disinfect laundry in a standard clothes washer (deep fill, top loading) add ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach for a regular load (and up to 1 ¼ cup for an extra-large load) along with your regular detergent.   … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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

Hard Water Stains

September 30, 2011

Q:  Can I use Clorox to remove or prevent stains on my laundry?  They are sort of rust colored and may be from our well hard water.  A:  That’s too bad about the rust stains in your laundry, and that you have hard water.  Unfortunately rust stains can NOT … 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® Outdoor Bleach Cleaner that you would like to use up. In that case, … Read More

Baby Food Stains

September 26, 2011

Q:  My baby started eating food and his clothes have some food stains, how do I remove them? A:  Congratulations on your new baby!  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 … 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 Ultimate Care® Bleach depends on your needs for the items you are washing.  … Read More

Gym Clothes

September 21, 2011

Q:  I workout often, and it seems some shirts have a permanent odor of sweat or mold. Will Clorox 2® help on my colored laundry? A:  The bleach active in Clorox2®, hydrogen peroxide, is a gentle bleach, making it safe for almost all washable colored items.  However, it doesn’t meet … 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 … Read More

Blue Stain from Clorox 2®

September 16, 2011

Q:  We used Clorox 2® to get pizza sauce out of our daughter’s school uniform.  While it took out the stain, it left a blue stain. How do I get it out? A: It sounds like liquid Clorox2® was applied directly to the stain (which is good for improved stain … 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 … 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

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 … 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 … Read More

Machine Oil Stains

September 5, 2011

Q:  What is the best way to get machine oil off my husband’s work shirts after they have sat in a hamper for two days? A:  With dark, grimy machine oil it’s important to use a good solvent to dissolve the oil stains, preferably before they are wet from the … Read More

Hurricane Irene: Water Damaged Clothes & Disaster Preparedness

September 2, 2011

Q:  I need some help with clothes flooded in Hurricane Irene, in particular items that cannot go in hot water (delicate fabrics).  How do I handle them?  There is not a lot of mud, but water came reached them and wicked into the fabric. A:  Watching the images on TV … Read More

Removing Fish Smell from Clothes

August 31, 2011

Q:  How do I get the smell of bait out of my boyfriends’ clothes? A:  Wow—I could really get into this question given that I go fishing every summer.  I would need some more information, though.  What type of fishing does he do—salt or fresh water?  What type of … 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

Perspiration Stains

August 26, 2011

Q:  How do I get rid of perspiration stains? A:  These stains are hugely problematic, partly because they are highly variable.  On underwear style t-shirts, it might be a crusty buildup of deodorant/antiperspirant.  Or it can just be a light smear of antiperspirant/deodorant that transferred to a shirt while it … Read More

Mildew Stains on a Lamp Shade

August 24, 2011

Q:  I have a few mildew stains on a lamp shade. The shades cannot be immersed in water, I have to spot clean them. I have already tried a dish washing soap/water mixture to no avail as well as Oxiclean. I have heard a dishwashing soap and/or bleach might work. Read More

Using Clorox 2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster in Japan

August 22, 2011

Using Clorox 2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster in Japan Q:  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 … 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, … Read More

How to Remove Gum From Clothes

August 17, 2011

Q:  How to get a thin layer of gum out of a shirt collar? A:  I have good news for you!  Gum is surprisingly easy to remove by freezing.  Just apply an ice cube directly to the gum, and as it hardens, it will crack and you can scrape it … 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 … 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 … Read More

Collar & Cuff Stains

August 10, 2011

Q:  How can I get rid of collar & cuff stains? A: 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 … Read More

Coffee Stains on White Clothing

August 8, 2011

Q:  I spilt coffee on my white clothes.  How can I remove these stains? A: Hopefully your white item is bleachable.  You should avoid bleaching fabrics that are made with wool, silk, mohair, leather, and spandex.  If bleachable, proceed as follows: For localized stains, rub stain gently with Clorox® … Read More

Sunscreen Stain Removal

August 5, 2011

Q: How can I remove sunscreen stains from shirts? A: For sunscreen stains, it’s best to treat the greasy portion first, so don’t apply any water to the shirt.  Instead, blot up any excess with a paper towel or cloth, and try not to rub hard to avoid pushing it … 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 … Read More

Removing Mold Stains

August 1, 2011

Q:  Can mold stains be removed? A:  Yes, but moldy textiles need to be treated right away to help keep the problem from getting worse.  Are your items bleachable?  If you are not sure you can do a quick bleachability test: add 2 teaspoons Clorox® Regular-Bleach to ¼ cup … Read More

Removing Wine Stains

July 29, 2011

Q: How do you remove wine stains? A:  Here are two great techniques—you can decide which to use depending on the item you will be washing. For stained items that are white: Rub the stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen® Gel immediately before laundering. Wash … 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 … Read More

Removing Sunscreen Stains

July 25, 2011

Q:  We have some Hawaiian Tropic® Sunscreen and it seems to stain all our whites orange when they come in contact with sweat.  Not the whole garment just around the neck or arms or sweat ‘zones’.  How do I get these stains out? A: For sunscreen stains, try pre-treating the … Read More

Stains on Whites after Washing

July 22, 2011

Q: What are the yellow-orange stains I see on my whites after I wash them? A: It’s hard to know for certain without a little more information, but if this happens after every white load it could be that they are rust stains.  It is especially easy for rust … Read More

Removing Blood from Clothing

July 20, 2011

Q: What is the best way to remove blood from clothing? 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 and ideally as … Read More

Mopping Floors with Bleach

July 18, 2011

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 … Read More

Yellow Armpit Stains

July 13, 2011

Q: How can I get yellow armpit stains out? I’ve tried everything, even using bleach pens! Any help would be greatly appreciated! A:  Arm pit stains can be quite variable.  If your shirts have stain build-up that some people say feels almost “crunchy” you can try this method: 1. Working … Read More

Using Clorox2® in the Bleach Dispenser

July 11, 2011

Q: My wife put Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster in the bleach dispenser.  Will that hurt my washer?  If so, what can I do to fix the problem? A: No, Clorox2® will not damage your washer if added in the bleach dispenser.  Your wife, however, should not do this … 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 … Read More

Silica in Water plus Bleach

July 6, 2011

Q: We have well water that has high amounts of silica.  This can etch most surfaces.  Is there any special care I should use when using Clorox® Regular-Bleach in my HE machine? A: Regarding the silica in your well water, I think you mean silicate that is dissolved – … 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 Fighter & Color Booster is a great product to add along with your favorite detergent to boost cleaning, stain removal, brightening, and whitening of virtually all … 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 … Read More

When to Add Bleach

June 29, 2011

Q: Is it better to put the bleach in the water with the detergent prior to loading the clothes, or is it better to put the bleach in the designated dispenser?  A:  Generally, if your machine has a bleach dispenser, it is a good idea to use it.  On some … 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 Plus® Splash-Less Bleach should be a clear, lime-yellow liquid that is slightly thicker than water.  The thickeners that make it easier to pour … 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

Eliminating Bleach Smell from Clothing

June 20, 2011

Q:  How do I get the Clorox® Bleach smell out of my blouse which is made of rayon? A:  To remove a lingering bleach smell from a garment, try a pre-soak with liquid Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster.  Just fill the cap to line 1 and add it to … Read More

Eradicating Underarm Stains

June 17, 2011

Q:   My husband and I recently purchased our first washer and dryer.  With them came some tips on stain removal; however the application instructions were vague.  My husband has some shirts that are stained in the armpit area, I believe due to the combination of his deodorant and perspiration.  The … Read More

Discoloration from Daycare Disinfecting

June 15, 2011

Q:  My children occasionally come home from daycare with discoloration on their clothing.  To disinfect the toys, changing table, etc the daycare uses a gallon jug to 1/4 cup of Clorox® Regular Bleach.  I have questioned the daycare on how they are mixing the solution as it clearly causes a … 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

MRSA Prevention

May 26, 2011

When you are cheering for your kids during their soccer matches, gymnastics meets, volleyball games – or whatever sport they love – you are hoping they have a blast and can maybe bring home that special trophy!  However, with all that celebration, and sometimes disappointment, I doubt you are thinking … Read More

Ammonia as a Sanitizing Alternative

May 24, 2011

Q:  I know that bleach will sanitize laundry and washing machines, but I was wondering if household ammonia would also serve this purpose for non-bleachable fabrics.  If it can be used as a sanitizing alternative, how much ammonia would I need?  I know there are other options like Quats and … Read More

Holes in Cotton with Bleach

May 19, 2011

Holes in Cotton with Bleach Q:  I am trying to make holes in cotton with bleach.  I applied non-diluted bleach to the fabric directly, let it sit for a minute or two, and then washed the fabric multiple times until the holes start to appear. It usually takes quite a … Read More

White Items with Colored Writing

May 17, 2011

Q:  How do I bleach a mostly white shirt that has colored writing on the breast and back? A:  How the writing is applied to the shirt is important to determine how comfortable you may be bleaching the shirt.  The two most common application methods are either screen … Read More

Fade Spots from Clorox2®

May 12, 2011

Q:  I used Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster on a light tan top of mine and it took the color out.  I use this product all the time and couldn’t understand what happened. A:  I am glad you contacted us, and am also sorry to hear about the problem … Read More

National Pet Month

May 11, 2011

Whether you are a pet owner or an animal lover, May is National Pet Month and is a great time to reflect on the special bond people have with their pets.  Three years ago we adopted our yellow lab, Bella, from the local Humane Society and ever since, she has … Read More

Adding Bleach to a Wash Cycle

April 27, 2011

Q:  Why is it best to add the bleach after the wash cycle begins?  Wouldn’t it be better to add before the wash cycle to let the clothes soak? A: For a typical load of whites, such as lightly soiled undershirts, socks, dress shirts, tablecloths, sheets,  … Read More

Proper Water Temperature for Disinfecting

April 26, 2011

Q: I work for an ambulatory care center and we currently do our own laundry. Our hot water cannot reach 160°F but we use the hottest water possible, and add bleach to all loads. During a recent survey we were told that depending on the temperature of … Read More

Extra White Spots on a White Shirt

April 22, 2011

Q: In the past I’ve used the Clorox® Bleach Pen® Gel when I’ve had stains on certain white shirts on which I’m hesitant to wash with regular chlorine bleach. The last time I did that the stain disappeared but the small portion of the fabric where the … Read More

Disinfecting After a Cold or Flu

April 19, 2011

Q: My son has just recovered from the flu, and I was wondering if it is important to disinfect his bedding to prevent spreading the germs around the house or if a generic wash with detergent alone will do the trick. A: After the flu, it … Read More

High Efficiency Odor

April 18, 2011

Dr. Laundry talks about how bleach can be used to keep your high efficiency washing machines odor free. Watch the video here. Read More

Sanitizing Food Contact Surfaces and Equipment

April 14, 2011

Q: I am working at a facility that is using Clorox® Splash-Less Liquid Gel Bleach as their sanitizer for food contact surfaces & equipment. Why does it appear more sudsy than Clorox ® Regular-Bleach? A: While Clorox® Regular-Bleach and Clorox® Splash-Less Liquid Gel Bleach both have … 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 Fighter & Color Booster? A: Using a water softener to treat hard … Read More

Removing Red Dirt and Juice Stains

April 7, 2011

Q: I am embarking on a baseball season with two boys wearing white pants and white undershirts. What are the best ways to remove red dirt and possible juice stains? A: The undershirts are most likely white cotton, therefore to remove any juice stains, wash the … Read More

Disinfecting with Non-EPA Certified Products

April 5, 2011

Q: In searching for a method to safely disinfect baby clothes that do not pass the bleachability test, I came across a product online that claims to disinfect and be “safe” to use on colored clothes. However, there is no information regarding this product on the EPA … 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 … Read More

Removing Pine Sap from Fabric

March 29, 2011

Q: After cutting up a large pine branch this past weekend, our clothes have little drops of pine sap in multiple places. Is this considered a stain, or can I simply wash them with detergent? Preferably, I do not want to do a lot of extra work … Read More

Using Bleach to Remove Color Out of a Section of Fabric

March 24, 2011

Q: I want to take most of the color out of a section of fabric for a reverse tie-dye effect. The fabric content is 100% flannel cotton, and has been washed and dried by the usual, conventional method. Is there a particular Clorox® Regular-Bleach to water ratio I should use, … Read More

Removing Dye from Lights and Whites

March 22, 2011

Q: I experienced a nightmare last night! I washed a load of laundry, light colors and whites, and a black glove accidentally got thrown into the wash. Well, now I have light gray to almost black dye on just about every piece of clothing. Will Clorox® remove these stains and … Read More

Disinfecting Parvovirus from Surfaces

March 18, 2011

Q: I had a dog die from the parvovirus and I was told to bleach everywhere my puppy had been. How many times should I bleach before the virus is gone? A: I am so sorry to hear that your puppy died – how very sad. To kill canine parvovirus … 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

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 way … Read More

Discoloration from Oxi-Magic®

March 1, 2011

Q. I miss read the directions and think I added too much Oxi-Magic® to my clothes. Is there any way to correct the discoloration that occurred? A. I wish I knew more about exactly how you used the product, and what type of discoloration you ended up with. If you … Read More

Altering the Color of a Yellow Dress

February 25, 2011

Q. I recently purchased a yellow dress that I would like to wear for my wedding. The dress is currently a lime-yellow green, mostly yellow, but ideally I would like it to be white, off-white or just lighter yellow. The tag says it’s 100% polyester (like a satin look and … Read More

Bleach and Hot Water

February 17, 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

Valentine’s Day Chocolate and Cupcake Stains

February 11, 2011

In the grocery store, at the mall, everywhere I look these days I see red, pink, and violet, which can mean only one thing in February – Valentine’s Day! My family loves this holiday—from pink waffles to heart shaped pizza and sugar cookies that say “Be Mine” we make it … Read More

Super Bowl Stain Strategy

February 3, 2011

I love the excitement that’s building as Super Bowl XLV approaches! For some it’s about the statistics—which team has won the most Super Bowls (Pittsburgh) and which team won the first time they played (Green Bay, 1967) and which team won the last time they played (Pittsburgh, 2009). For others, … 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

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 … Read More

Disinfecting Laundry

January 26, 2011

Q. I have been told that using Clorox® bleach with detergent lessons the disinfecting of Clorox and that you should presoak laundry before washing it to disinfect anything and that Clorox only disinfects when used with plain water. Is this true? A. No, adding detergent along with bleach doesn’t reduce … Read More

Laundry Resolutions

January 20, 2011

As the New Year begins, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and make some resolutions for 2011. By the time our last box of Christmas decorations is packed away, I’ve had plenty of time to look around the house and figure out my to-do list. It … 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 … 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 … 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 Fighter & 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® Ultimate Care and Clorox®2 with HE Machines

December 30, 2010

Q. After inheriting LG front loaders in our new house that came with a horrendous odor I have been perplexed about laundry. I have been doing laundry for over 18 years and used Whirlpool Front loaders for 4 years with never any issue. I got rid of the LG machines … 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 … 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 … Read More

Spots on Red Clothes

December 16, 2010

Q. I have had a problem with random small spots appearing on red clothes after washing. It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of detergent I use. I always wash my red loads in cold water. I never get these spots on any other color of clothing. What could the … Read More

Bleach Carryover

December 14, 2010

Q. I’m using a bleach containing sodium hypochlorite. I use it mostly for laundry issues and killing the germs rather than whitening. I use it for cleaning my underwear at pre-wash, and then continue washing with detergents as a common washing. The problem is, my washing machine doesn’t rinse after … Read More

Removing Pet Stains

December 9, 2010

Q. We recently had to pet-sit a cat for a family member. A few weeks later, we discovered the cat had used our guest bedroom’s goose down comforter as a litter box! What would you recommend for cleaning? Treat the individual spots (there are four or five, over a foot … 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 it … 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

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

Thanksgiving Stain Solutions

November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday. What’s not to like about counting your blessings and expressing gratitude, not to mention eating a wonderful meal made up of so many different side dishes? And of course I am thankful for leftovers! My Thanksgiving menu has evolved over the years so that … 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 … Read More

Removing Grease

November 16, 2010

Q. I have tried all I can think of to remove grease from a cleaning cloth. Do you have any ideas? For now I am keeping it in cold water to avoid possible spontaneous combustion. A. This is a very interesting question. I wish I knew a little bit more … 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. 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 … Read More

Shelf Life of Bleach/Water Solutions

November 4, 2010

Q. I found your videos to be a great wealth of information and much appreciated. I was glad to learn that hot water helps disinfect. The CBS program was terrible to not check their facts first. I think I have watched and read every video and/or article, but how long … 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. 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. 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

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

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 … 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

Disinfecting Flooded Rooms with Bleach

October 5, 2010

My basement flooded due to rain, with sewers over-flowing from outside and creek over-flow as well. The basement was flooded almost to the ceiling. What do I use to washing everything down with so it will be disinfected? A. Hopefully you have been able to make some progress cleaning your … Read More

Removing Gel Pen Ink

September 30, 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 … 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, … Read More

Bleach Instructions for an LG Machine

September 21, 2010

We recently purchased an LG front-load machine. After getting it home we found that it had no instructions. How much bleach do you put in a normal size load? A. The User’s Guide for your washer should have been inside it. I would go back to the store where you … Read More

Power a Bright Future

September 16, 2010

Every September, the Dad’s Club at our local elementary school pulls off the most amazing event: they feed the entire school (which has 275 or so families) a delicious spaghetti dinner for free. Prep begins early in the morning using the industrial kitchen at a local community church. The menu: … 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 … 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

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 … Read More

Removing Red Dye from Whites

September 2, 2010

Q. This weekend I washed a load of whites and included 1 top with red trim with the load in cold water. The red dye left everything a faint pink color which I would like to remove, but I’m not sure of the best approach. The load contained: … 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 … Read More

Disinfecting Desks with Bleach

August 26, 2010

My boss at the school where I am the janitor wants to use a mild bleach solution to disinfect the children’s’ desks after lunch. She believes that the health organization, which monitors our cleaning, requires that this be done with “Ultra” Clorox. Does Ultra Clorox exist? I cannot find it … 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 … Read More

Well Water and Bleach Usage

August 17, 2010

Q. I have well water and know there is iron in it. So, when I bleach my whites, they turn yellowish. What can I use, either with bleach to prevent this, or instead of bleach? I have a brand new HE front A. Well water and liquid bleach are just … 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 … 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 … 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

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 … Read More

Bleach Usage in HE Machines

July 27, 2010

Q. I just purchased a GE Top-Loading Infusion HE washer. I normally use Clorox bleach with my white towels, but I am confused as to how much bleach to use. With the smaller amount of water used in the wash cycle, how much bleach should I add? A. Good for … Read More

Gray-Brown Stains on Whites

July 22, 2010

Q. I have a 1 1/2 yr old Maytag Epic HE washer & dryer. I wash all whites together (socks, t-shirts, pants, shorts, etc.). The last load came out of the dryer with grayish-brownish stains on them. This has happened in the past, but only a couple of times (since … Read More

Miracle-Gro Stain

July 20, 2010

Hello, I have been working on a shirt that has Miracle-Gro Fertilizer on it (the blue stuff). Have used color-safe bleach on it and soaked it for weeks. Have not put the shirt in the dryer. Help!!! Thank you, Cindy Hi Cindy, This is a great question. It … Read More

Introducing the New Dr. Laundry

July 15, 2010

Several months ago I heard from my old Clorox friend and colleague, Cristina, who was wondering if I wanted to potentially take over the “Dr. Laundry” role from Harold Baker, who was retiring in July. My answer was a giant Yes! Even though I left Clorox to be a full-time … Read More

The Passing of the Bleach Bottle

July 13, 2010

All good things eventually come to an end. This is my final post as Dr. Laundry. Kinda happy, and kinda sad…. More than four years ago, I got the opportunity of a lifetime. I was approached by Clorox’s Public Relations department to do something called a blog. After lengthy discussions, … 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 … 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 … 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

Sanitizing Washing Machines

June 22, 2010

Q. A friend of mine threw up all over a towel of mine and a small rug in the bathroom. In a state of panic, I threw it into the washer not even thinking about the disgusting germs. I have an LG washer with the sanitizing function. I wound up … 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 … 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

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

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. 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 … 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

myStain: Now there’s an app for that

May 21, 2010

I’m so excited for all you iPhone and iPod Touch owners. Clorox has just released the FREE downloadable myStain mobile app available from the iTunes store. I developed this as both an on-the-go and when-you-get-home stain removal guide and game. In mid-June, Clorox will be introducing myStain for the Android … Read More

Dingy Whites and Fabric Softener Buildup

May 20, 2010

Q. I have a Maytag Bravo washing machine that is not quite 2 years old. Up until recently I have had white whites. For some reason, my whites are slowing getting this gray, dingy color. I have used the same detergent for years with no problem: Tide for the detergent … Read More

Cleaning Shirts with Colored Patches

May 18, 2010

Q. I just purchased 5 white uniform shirts with colored shoulder patches. I do not want to send them to the dry cleaners. How do you suggest I wash them? I am concerned that if I bleach the entire wash load, the color patches might bleed into my white shirt. Read More

Cleaning Micro suede Furniture

May 13, 2010

Q. I am renting a furnished house. It has off-white colored micro suede chairs and a sofa. These are getting a dingy look from everyday wear. I know they are not supposed to get wet to avoid water stains, but is there a way to clean them? I was thinking … 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

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

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 Solvents, Oil and Grease

April 29, 2010

Q. We need to wash the rags we use in our metal shop that are oily from a WD-40 and kerosene mix. Can you suggest an additive or soap that will break down the oil so that the rags are clean and the drain doesn’t become clogged with the oil … 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

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 … Read More

Smelly Reaction to Detergent

April 19, 2010

Q. When I was younger, my mother used Gain as our detergent and had to switch because when everyone in the family would sweat, the clothes gave off a bad odor. I have been using Tide and for some reason that same situation is coming back, but only for me. Read More

Bleach Usage Differences Between Regular and HE Machines

April 15, 2010

Q. It seems by reading the manual that comes with the Kenmore Elite HE washer that the bleach actually disperses only in the rinse cycle as opposed to the wash cycle. Is this a correct interpretation for all front loading machines? This is a big departure from having the bleach … 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

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

Removing Crystallized Bleach

April 6, 2010

Q. Our washing machine has a special port for liquid bleach. Unknown to us, the plastic port cracked, allowing some bleach to enter the housing of the washing machine. Over time, this bleach has rusted portions of the machines housing, as well as crystallizing within the machines. We did not … 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 Fighter & 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

E-mail Newsletter

March 30, 2010

Q. Do you have an email newsletter? A. Great question. At the present time, I don’t have an email newsletter. I use the blog (http://www.drlaundryblog.com) kind of as a newsletter by posting responses to inquiries 2-3 times weekly and writing about special topics. Thanks for the idea and let … 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 … Read More

Removing Red Dye

March 23, 2010

Q. I had a favorite white cotton (casual) blouse. I just washed it in cold water. But, my husband’s red bathing suit was also in the wash, and I now have a pink blouse. It is not uniformly pink – it has splotches of darker pink throughout. What would you … Read More

St. Patrick’s Day Tips

March 17, 2010

Top of the morning, and happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! Hopefully you have plenty of fun plans for the day ahead – don’t forget to wear green! However, even with the luck of the Irish on your side, remember that stains can still happen, which is why I’ve included … Read More

Removing Dye from a Cotton Blouse

March 16, 2010

Q. I had a favorite white cotton (casual) blouse. I just washed it in cold water with my husband’s red bathing suit also in the wash. Now I have a pink blouse. It is not uniformly pink—it has splotches of darker pink throughout. What would you suggest? Pre-soaking in Clorox? … 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 … Read More

Removing Mold from Clothes

March 9, 2010

Q. I have some clothes that were wet when I put them into the hamper. I expected to wash them right away, but didn’t get around to it. Now they are moldy. How much Clorox do I have to add to the wash load to kill the mold? A. Moldy … 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 Red Dye

March 2, 2010

Q. I had red color run from a pair of slacks onto a pink stretchy short top I wear under my suits. I tried immediately soaking the top in soapy water overnight, but that did not remove any of the color. A. It’s very good that you didn’t dry the … Read More

Removing Candy From Clothing

February 25, 2010

Q. I have just discovered that a red tootsie roll went through a load of my children’s laundry. It was a load of whites and light colored clothing. The load went through the washer and dryer. There are red dots of color all over everything. Is there anything that will … Read More

Clorox and Grey 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 grey water system and use … 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

Removing Transferred Dye

February 16, 2010

Q. I am writing this from the UAE. Last time I put my color clothes together for washing, unfortunately one item got a stain (blue). Can you recommend a remedy? A. Not quite sure from your description whether the clothes that were made blue were white or colored. This would … 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 fibred) 100% cotton short-sleeved shirt? A. I would normally recommend Clorox® Regular-Bleach, but the black and pink doesn’t sound like it could handle … 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

Removing Yellow Stains from Washing

February 4, 2010

Q. I’ve used Clorox bleach to clean my white t-shirts, but I’ve noticed yellow stains after washing them. I do my laundry at a neighborhood laundry that has front-loading machines. I dilute the bleach with a gallon of water and add it after the water has gone into the machine … 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-Bleach bottle … Read More

Removing Orange Residue

January 28, 2010

Q. I would like to ask if you may know why blotches of orange are showing up on our clothes. I use bleach on my whites only, but I’m getting orange on all our clothes, beached or not bleached. Any ideas why? Could it be the water or the old … 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

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 manikins used in CPR training, … Read More

Using Bleach on White Wool

January 19, 2010

Q. I used Clorox® Regular-Bleach 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, leather, Spandex … Read More

HE Washer & Bleach

January 12, 2010

Q. The manual for my HE washer says “Warning. DO NOT use chlorine bleach in this washing machine.” Is there a reason for this? A. Bummer; Europeans are not big on liquid bleach, and even eliminate the possibility of using it in some of their washers, like Bosch. I believe … Read More

Removing Mold and Odor from Flooding

January 7, 2010

Q. I have an area that was flooded months ago and didn’t get cleaned up. I am planning on spraying all surfaces with a bug sprayer containing 50% bleach and 50% water. This area will be remodeled so the main problem is eliminating the mold and odor. A. It’s always … 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 … Read More

Bleaching Bottles

December 31, 2009

Q. I work in a nursery where we soak our bottles in a bleach/water solution after washing them with soap, as per the instructions on the bleach container. What I would like to know is how long can this bleach solution continue to be used before it’s too degraded? A. Read More

Removing “Sour” Smell on Towels

December 29, 2009

Q. I have an HE frontloading 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 23, 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 … 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 Body Soil from Sheets

December 17, 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

Pre-Treatment Product Usage

December 10, 2009

Q. When I use Wisk directly on stains and let it sit for a while before going into the laundry, often it bleaches my colors where I put the Wisk. What is the cause of this? A. I suspect that a couple of things may have happened here. A common … 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? … 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-Bleach. While the Clorox2® … Read More

Bleach and Hard Water/Removing Baby Food Stains

November 20, 2009

Q. I have hard water and I know not to use bleach as it yellows whites. I do have a water softener, and a system that removes the rust, iron and manganese from the water. Do you have a product I could use that has the same properties … Read More

Disinfecting Water Fountains

November 18, 2009

Q. I would like to keep the germ content down on desk top fountains. How much Clorox would you recommend I add to a gallon of water which would be used to fill the fountains? A. For the situation that you described, I would try the following: You … Read More

Clorox® UltimateCare Bleach and Disinfecting

November 12, 2009

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

Removing Grease and Oil

November 10, 2009

Q. Hello, I have some expensive and nice sheets that have (2) issues: 1) The pillow cases are badly soiled from hair and they are discolored. You can almost feel the oil in them. 2) The sheets have grease on them from a malfunction in the washing … Read More

Removing Transferred Dye

November 5, 2009

Q. I hope you can help me with the following two questions: 1. 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? 2. I’ve noticed that with some clothes … Read More

Cleaning Your Washer With Bleach

November 3, 2009

Hello there, As I’ve said many times before on this blog, one of the reasons to use liquid bleach in your white loads is to get the best cleaning, whitest whites and kill unwanted germs so they can’t be transferred to other clothes. I came across a clip recently that … Read More

Removing Olive Oil Stains

October 29, 2009

Q. What do you recommend for removal of an olive oil stain on a colored shirt? I have tried “Spray n’ Wash,” but that didn’t help this time. That has always been a good stain remover. A. You didn’t mention what type of fibers the shirt was made from, or … Read More

Disinfecting Linens

October 27, 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 … 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 … 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

Removing Stains from Fire Retardant Clothing

October 8, 2009

Q. My husband wears fire retardant clothing while performing his job which results in a lot of grease and dirt stains. Can I use your product? The clothing is marked No Chlorine Bleach, No Hydrogen Peroxide, and Detergent Only. A. For fire retardant clothing, one does not want to remove … 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

Sanitizing With Bleach

October 1, 2009

Q. I use Clorox to sanitize surfaces in a sick person’s room—mostly items that she will touch, such as the toilet, the rails on the bed, door handles etc. We are trying to use the bleach in a spray bottle mixed with water. The purpose is to kill C. Diff … 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 … 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 … Read More

Sanitizing Pet Food and Water Bowls

September 22, 2009

Q. I travel a lot for my job, so I have automatic feeders for my cats, along with an automatic water dispenser that I keep filled for them outside. The problem is that by the time I get back home, the inside of their water jug and bowl that it … 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 … 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 … Read More

Oxi Clean Stain Remover and Clorox

September 10, 2009

Q. Is it ok to use OxiClean® Laundry Stain Remover Spray with regular Clorox® Regular-Bleach? A. For white cotton t-shirts, you can use Clorox® Oxi-Magic before using Clorox® Regular-Bleach in the wash. I assume you are pre-treating with the Clorox® Oxi-Magic. These are two different products and use different bleach … 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

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

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. Read More

Removing Pale Green Color from Clothing

August 27, 2009

Q. I have a problem. I used Clorox® Oxi-Magic™ 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-Bleach, my blouse in now a lovely … Read More

Removing Lint From T-Shirts

August 25, 2009

Q. I dried my son’s dark blue sleeveless polyester workout shirt with dark towels, and now it has lint all over it. I tried washing the shirt again, but no difference. How do I get the lint off? A. One of the keys to good laundry practices is to sort … 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 Clorox2® Stain Fighter and Color Booster has hydrogen peroxide as it’s … Read More

Disinfecting with Clorox® Clean-Up® Spray Cleaner

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® Spray Cleaner. Does that work as well? A. At the current time, only the bleach solution is EPA approved. Since the Clorox® Clean-Up® Spray Cleaner … Read More

Removing Stains from Satin

August 13, 2009

Q. I have a white satin blouse that ended up in my load of white & beige wash load. I had added bleach, and when I took the clothes out of the washer my white satin blouse had rusty-looking or scorched stains all over it. I think the bleach removed … 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-Bleach in powder form. A. Old … 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

Bleaching Down Comforters

July 30, 2009

Q. Can I use bleach when laundering a down comforter? Generally the advice when laundering such items is to use a mild detergent, since the down otherwise may lose its natural oils and dry out quicker. Does the bleach strip the down of its oils? Does bleach cut grease in … 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

Disinfecting Colored Clothing and Lavender Scented Products

July 23, 2009

Q. First, for laundry, I was wondering: do you have a disinfectant for colors? I have an old box of Clorox2®, but it doesn’t say anything about disinfecting my clothes–only making them brighter. Second, for surfaces, is there any such thing as a Lavender disinfectant? I want something that kills … 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

Gray Spots on Whites

July 14, 2009

Q. I have been having a problem with gray spots on my whites and light colors for years and cannot figure out the cause. I have changed washers, had my water checked, have different pipes installed, and always separate colors from whites, but I still get gray spots. They almost … 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

Red Ink Stain

July 7, 2009

Q. Red ink from a red label spread onto an off-white sweater. Do you have any ideas how to make the sweater off-white again? A. This may depend on whether you have dried the item and the fiber composition of the sweater. I would like to find out if the … 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

Is Clorox2® Non-Chlorine Bleach?

June 30, 2009

Q. Is Clorox2® Stain Fighter and 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 Clorox2® Stain Fighter and Color Booster has hydrogen peroxide as it’s active ingredient and is in the class … 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

Yellowing From Bleach

June 23, 2009

Q. I put bleach on a pair of shorts – now they are yellow. How can I get them back to white? A. Afraid I may not have good news for you. I assume that you placed concentrated bleach directly on the shorts and after washing you have a yellow … Read More

How Much Bleach Is Too Much?

June 18, 2009

Q. I would like to ask if you can use too much bleach in a wash load? Let me explain: My husband is a chef. His chef coats are 100% cotton. He will soak them over night in up to 3 cups of bleach, hot water, dish detergent and laundry … Read More

Brown Water

June 16, 2009

Q. I use Clorox bleach for my whites. I recently moved and since then when I add bleach to the water in my washer, it turns brown and turns all of my white clothes brown. Is there anything I can do or add to stop this from happening? A. Sounds … 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: 1. How can I deodorize sports equipment? 2. What is safe to use on helmets and pads to provide protection against MRSA? 3. How can I clean sports bags interiors? 4. How … 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 UnderArmour® brand name sports shirts? A. Thanks for your wide-ranging questions. 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 (400thread count). I have used Clorox® Regular-Bleach and dust mite solution, and stains remain. I have been reading lately in home and style magazines, as well as newpaper articles, that you should add bleach to the final rinse, … 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 Black Dye from Whites

May 26, 2009

Q. My daughter at college just called: she washed a black sweater with all of her whites and now, of course, all of her whites are blackish grey. A few of the items can be bleached but I really don’t know what to tell her to do. I’m not even … Read More

Memorial Day and Staycation Stains

May 21, 2009

Are you ready for a break? Got your Memorial Day weekend plans laid out? I can’t wait since this is a special weekend as the family is throwing a 80th Birthday party for my father-in-law, Norman. One problem being Dr Laundry is that I am expected to solve the inevitable … Read More

Storing Bleachability Test Solution

May 19, 2009

Q. I really liked your video in which you mentioned using 1/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach to 1 gallon of water to soak clothes for 5 minutes before washing. Worked like a charm! All that aside, I also liked your advice to add 2 teaspoons Clorox® Regular-Bleach to 1/4 cup water … 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

Removing Chocolate Stains with the Clorox® BleachPen

May 12, 2009

Q. I used the Clorox® Bleach Pen on a small chocolate stain on a new white knit top. It turned the material yellow, and though I tried everything I could think of to the get the yellow out, you can still see some yellow in the spot. How can I … Read More

Residual Bleach after Washing

May 7, 2009

Q. What is the probability of having a problem with the load of laundry done after the load of whites due to residual water containing bleach retained in the machine? A. This shouldn’t be a problem if you add the bleach directly to the load as the water is filling … Read More

Laundry Tips for Asthma Sufferers

May 5, 2009

Q. I wash my whites in hot water because I have asthma, and hot water is recommended to kill dust mites. Does this cause any significant problems since my t-shirts recommend warm water, or are they just being overly careful in the same as they are by recommending that bleach … Read More

Several Clorox Products Effective Against h1n1 (Swine) Flu

May 4, 2009

The Clorox Company is working closely with public health organizations to support their efforts to educate people about protecting themselves from swine flu and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has advised Clorox that disinfectants effective against Influenza A are also effective against the 2009 H1N1 flu virus (swine flu). The … Read More

Washing White T-Shirts with Bleach

April 30, 2009

Q. I have viewed your videos regarding Clorox™ bleach, 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 questions … 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

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 Bleach? A. The short answer to your inquiry … 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 Clorox2® Stain Fighter and 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 to use … Read More

Refreshing Your Spring Wardrobe

April 16, 2009

As temperatures rise, there’s no better time to unearth all your favorite spring and summer fashions that have been hibernating in the back of your closet. But first, you need to make room by cleaning and storing what’s already in there! Here are several tips for getting your clothing in … 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-Bleach? A. The new HE frontloaders are wonderful for saving energy/dollars, but can develop an odor problem from unremoved water that settles in the bottom … Read More

Easter Stains

April 10, 2009

Everyone including me always gets excited about the Easter Bunny! I thought I’d put up a quick note about how to remove a couple of Easter Bunny-related stains from the outdoor egg hunt and the melted/dripping/dropped chocolate bunny stains. I LOVE Easter egg hunts (as long as I find the … 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

Disinfecting the Home with Bleach

April 2, 2009

Q. I would like to know if your Clorox cleaner with bleach would kill C. Diff (Clostridium difficile)? My mother-in-law was diagnosed with C. Diff, and the family wants to know what to use to clean the house. I have read that only bleach will kill the germs. Could you … 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 … Read More

Got a new HE Washer? Need some Spring Cleaning Tips?

March 24, 2009

Just wanted to call everyone’s attention to the two NEW videos that I just posted. In our continuing desire to make information more easily available and educational, our new topics are: “Using Bleach in HE machines” – I show you how to use liquid bleach in these new machines, … 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

St. Patrick’s Day Tips

March 12, 2009

Top of the morning, and happy St. Patrick’s Day to all! Hopefully you have plenty of fun plans for the day ahead – don’t forget to wear green! However, even with the luck of the Irish on your side, remember that stains can still happen, which is why I’ve included … Read More

Washing Whites in Hawaii

March 10, 2009

Q. I live in Hawaii, and use a cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach, 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 better. 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 … 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-Bleach and whites? What is the best method for laundering black fabrics … Read More

Switching to Clorox™ Plus 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 CloroxPlus™ HE Bleach? I have heard stories (and seen videos online) of terrible over-sudsing when using non-HE detergent (because of the surfactants, I think). Any advice? … Read More

Bleaching Embroidery

February 24, 2009

Q. I treated stains on some vintage formal white linen napkins with bleach, and then washed them alone with some Tide. There are initials embroidered on the napkins in white thread. The white embroidery has turned blue in varying degrees. I have applied straight vinegar with no result. Can I … 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

Spots on Clothing

February 17, 2009

Q. I have had a problem with random small spots appearing on red clothes after washing. It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of detergent I use. I always wash my red load in cold water. I never get these spots on any other color of clothing. What could the … 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

Using Bleach with Detergents Containing Hydrogen Peroxide

February 12, 2009

Q. I’m using Clorox® Regular-Bleach 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 washing … Read More

Disinfecting with Bleach

February 10, 2009

Q. Does Clorox 2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster kill 99.99% of bacteria like the Clorox® Regular Bleach ? A. The simple answer to your question is “no.” Unfortunately, there currently is not a product for disinfecting colored clothes. Our Clorox2® Stain Fighter and Color Booster contains hydrogen peroxide as … Read More

Diluting Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with Bleach®

February 10, 2009

Q. I have a large bottle of Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with 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 it 200:1 and … 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 Bleach to spray on it and kill it? A. Clorox has several ways for you to do this. Clorox® Regular-Bleach can be made into an effective solution and applied directly to the problem area. Or, potentially … Read More

Washing Darks After Bleaching Whites

February 5, 2009

Q. Is it okay to do a dark load after I bleach my white load, or will there be bleach still in the machine that can damage the darks? A. It should be OK to do the darks after you have completed the bleached white load. I’m curious why you … Read More

Post Super Bowl Stain Tips

February 3, 2009

Ok, we had our annual Super Bowl party on Sunday and you guessed it…even Dr. Laundry wasn’t immune to those little spots and spills. What a day! I always look forward to seeing old friends, eating, drinking and yelling our way through 4 quarters of really exciting pigskin. Our crowd’s … 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 … Read More

Lipstick Stains

January 29, 2009

Q. My husband decided to help around the house, and accidentally washed a load of clothes with one of my lipsticks. He didn’t notice until after the dryer had set the stains in good. Is there any product that will remove this mess from a whole load of his dress … 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 … 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

New “Debunking Bleach Myths” Video!

January 21, 2009

Hello everyone, Wanted to direct your attention momentarily to the toolbar on left of the blog – I’ve added a new video to my “Live from the Laundry Room” series! The new video is titled “Debunking Bleach Myths.” As a scientist who has worked for 30 years with Clorox, I’ve … 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

Clorox Tablets

January 13, 2009

Q. I recently moved from Ireland to America. I used Clorox tablets while abroad, and was wondering where I could purchase them in the US? A. I am not familiar with the Clorox Tabs. I have seen several dry bleach tablets from Europe, but didn’t know that we sold them. Read More

Removing Mold and Mildew

January 8, 2009

Q. A couple of times I have left my laundry in the basket, without having dried the items completely. I now have been having trouble with mold and mildew on my clothes. How can I combat this? Also, what are your products that work best for colors? Can you give … 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

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 … 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

Holiday Stains, Part 1

December 23, 2008

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! I am taking the next week-plus off, so I wanted to personally express my thanks for your helping to make the Dr. Laundry blog a sought out resource for laundry questions and answers. Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday Season. With all the bad news and hard … Read More

Holiday Stains, Part 2

December 23, 2008

Continuing with my Holiday Stain solutions ….. COFFEE MAY HAVE A GREAT AROMA, BUT COFFEE STAINS HAVE… Extra cream and sugar that make it a complex stain to successfully treat. 1. Do not use bar soap as it may set the stain and make it much more difficult … 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 Ultimate Care 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 didn’t say … Read More

Bleaching Spandex

December 4, 2008

Q. I have a 92% cotton and 8% spandex top. It had a stain that I forgot about, and I laundered it. I then tried to remove the set-in stain with bleach, and now the top has yellow spots. Do you have any suggestions for getting rid of the yellowing? … Read More

Bleaching Lamp Shades

December 4, 2008

Q. I have noticed some mildew on an off-white lamp shade. How do I remove it? A. Mildew loves to grow in damp and warm places, and needs to be removed from your immediate environment. This one is a little difficult to answer without some more information. The approach will … 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

Clorox2® Stain Fighter and Color Booster Use

December 2, 2008

Q. Do I pour the new Clorox 2 Stain Fighter & Color Booster product into my machine’s bleach dispenser, just as I did the old product? A. The new Liquid Clorox2® Stain Fighter and Color Booster product is a more concentrated version of the former product, in order to be … Read More

For Holiday Stain Crises, “Call In” the Expert

November 24, 2008

Clorox’s “Dr. Laundry” Offers Free Holiday Stain Hotline and Instructional Online Videos To Help with Post-Party Clean Up Don’t let stains and spills spoil your thrills this holiday season, the solutions to your holiday party snafus are only a phone call – or mouse click – away! Dr. Laundry will … Read More

Lightening Blue Jeans

November 20, 2008

Q. Could you please tell me how to lighten a pair of medium-colored Levi 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

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 Fighter & Color … 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

Bleach and Detergent

November 11, 2008

Q. I had heard that bleach should be used before adding detergent because detergent neutralizes the actions of bleach, but the Clorox instructions direct users to add at the same time. Should I separate these phases? A. There are several ways to add bleach to your washload. Our standard directions … Read More

Clorox Regular vs. Clorox Ultimate Care Bleach

November 11, 2008

Q. What is the difference between Regular Clorox and Clorox UltimateCare Bleach? A. Clorox® Regular-Bleach 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 non-porous household surfaces. Clorox® UltimateCare Bleach has … Read More

Pre-soak Time for Ultimate Care

November 7, 2008

Q. I always presoak my whites in hot water with Clorox Ultimate Care 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-Bleach in a gallon of warm water for 5-10 minutes … 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

Blue stains on white laundry

November 5, 2008

Q. I have some really bad blue stains on almost all of my white laundry. I have added bleach to my laundry load, and it doesn’t seem to help. I have used the Clorox Bleach Pen and that doesn’t seem to get the blue out either. Do you have any … Read More

Camisoles made with mixed materials

October 31, 2008

Q. I have several white camisoles that are made of basic stretchy tee-shirt cotton, with lace at the throat and for the straps. I washed them with Clorox Ultimate Bleach in an all-white load. Now, the shirts are brilliantly white, but all the lace on every shirt turned a pale … 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 All-Purpose Cleaner in the wash, or will it fade the colors? What would you recommend using to freshen the clothes up? A. If clothes are … 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 … 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 & their families. A: Boy, this a tough question, but … Read More

Flower Pollen Stains: Your Questions

October 14, 2008

Q: Is there a way to remove flower pollen stains from whites (yellow powder dust from Star Gazer Lillies)? A: The best advice I’ve seen is to cut out the stamens before bringing the flowers into the house. Or, try using scotch tape to remove the … Read More

Bleach Stains: Your Questions

October 14, 2008

Q: I used Clorox Bleach on some new white men’s briefs. They turned yellow. I have never had this to happen before. Do you know what may have caused this? A: It would have been helpful if you indicated how the bleach was used to narrow down … Read More

‘Mouthwash’ for High-Efficiency Washers

October 8, 2008

Greetings Stainers, Dr. Laundry here with a question for you. When was the last time you used bleach in the laundry? If it’s been a while, there’s a good chance your washing machine is emitting a musty or stale odor, especially if you have a High-Efficiency machine.  As many of … Read More

Detergent Dye Stains?

October 2, 2008

Detergent Dye Stains? 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. 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 ArmorAll 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 … Read More

Perspiration Stains from Mixed Blend Shirts: Your Questions

September 30, 2008

Q: How do I remove perspiration stains from cotton and mixed blend shirts? A: I hear this question a lot – how do I get rid of the dreaded “pit” stains. The stain is simply a build-up of the underarm deodorant/antiperspirant that has not been removed … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Your Questions: About Lestoil

September 17, 2008

Q: What is the story with Lestoil? It seems suddenly most stores don’t carry it and there are some concerns about it on white sinks. Are there some dangers? I used it all the time for years. Why is it not being made widely available? A: I … 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 … 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 … Read More

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

September 4, 2008

Q: I am in collage 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 … 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 … Read More

Stains on Shirts: Your Questions

September 3, 2008

Q: How do I remove a stain on a shirt that was put in the dryer and is quite faint, but my husband noticed it and wont wear it now? Help! A: I am not quite sure what the original stain was, what the shirt color and … 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 … 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 … 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 over watered 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 … 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 frontloading machines, and an oily residue seems to remain. (I live in a high-rise apartment … Read More

Removing Massage Oils from Fabrics

August 26, 2008

Q: I am a massage therapist. I launder my own sheets. My sheets (some white, some colored) are normal cotton sheets and are exposed to massage oils. Not only are the oil stains a visual problem, they feel waxy and have an odor. I am already washing them in the … 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 … Read More

Dispelling Bleach Myths for Cloth Diapers

August 19, 2008

Q: When washing cloth diapers, I use a very small amount of bleach to sanitize along with hot water (I own a diaper service). As long as people do what I ask them to do with the diapers, I have no problem removing stains with my organic … Read More

Coffee Stains on Sweatsuit While Traveling: Your Questions

August 19, 2008

Q: Recently my husband and I were on our trip-of-a-lifetime to Alaska. While on the bus to the McKinley Express Station the gentleman behind me spilled the dregs of his coffee on my brand new sweatsuit purchased specifically for the 8 hour train ride to Denali National … Read More

Bleeding Colors: Your Questions

August 13, 2008

Q: My wife has a shirt that is red with white trim. I did not see the shirt and I started a load of reds. I filled the tub with warm water and Clorox color safe powder. I put the clothes in to soak. Big mistake on … Read More

Your Questions: Removing Odors from Clothes Hung to Dry

July 29, 2008

Q: I love hanging my clothes out to dry but have had to quit because they smell so bad every time I hang them. What causes perfectly washed clothes to stink so bad after they’ve been hung out to dry? Any information would be very helpful. Thank … Read More

Your Questions: Removing Permanent Marker from Whites

July 22, 2008

Q: In 1965 I was given a white cotton twill apron from the “A&P Tea Co.” meat department. I put my name across the apron with a permanent magic marker. I am trying to remove the name. I put the apron in a bucket and covered it … Read More

Your Questions: Bleach Stains on Khakis

July 15, 2008

Q: I sprayed two light khaki pants with Clorox Stain Out. They faded in the area that I pretreated. It also got onto other fabrics in the wash and it looks as though I put Clorox Bleach on them. What can be done about this? These were … 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 Bleach. After 3 days or so, … Read More

Lessons from Canada

July 3, 2008

I just returned from my second trip to Canada to help promote the Ultra Javex® Bleach by Clorox introduction. I made several appearances in Ottawa and Kingston this trip and in Toronto before. I really enjoyed the friendly people North of the Border. I found that as the laundry category … Read More

Your Questions: Amount of Bleach in Laundry

July 1, 2008

Q: My wife has been unable to do the wash for a long time. A friend suggested that I use bleach to wash a pair of her white slacks that has many stains. But how much? Should I soak them first, or can I just add some … Read More

Your Questions: Dying Colored Fabrics

June 24, 2008

Q: Is there any way I can turn my curtains from a light blue color to pure white by using bleach? They do not match my new bedroom color scheme. If not, I’ll try a pink Rit dye, to come to a purple color, but I’d rather … 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 … 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. After checking your website, I tried Clorox OxiMagic on the … 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. Read More

Your Questions: Red Cough Drop in Laundry

June 6, 2008

Q: I have a HUGE problem! I washed a load of whites the other day without checking pockets and went to take the clothes out of the washer when I realized a red cough drop was in a sweatshirt pocket and has basically ruined a whole load … Read More

Your Questions: Leaving Clorox2 on Fabrics

June 3, 2008

Q: Help! We have a dress that we were trying to get mud stains out of… we mistakenly let the clorox 2 dry on it and now have yellow stains all over it. It is an orange and white searsucker dress…can it be saved? A: I don’t … Read More

Your Questions: Killing Germs in Laundry

May 27, 2008

Q: Do you make or know of a laundry additive (Clorox 2) which is safe for colors but also kills germs like regular Clorox does? A: This is a great question and one I hear a lot. Unfortunately, there currently is NOT a product for disinfecting colored … 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? … 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, … Read More

Your Questions: Oxidation and Stains

May 9, 2008

Q: I have some used baby clothes that looked clean when I packed them away, but when I got them out to prepare them for the birth of my second child, they had yellow stains around the neck from spit-up and/or formula. Can anything get these stains … Read More

Your Questions: Stains on Tablecloths

May 6, 2008

Q: I have a number of old tablecloths that have yellowed and also have coffee stains. What’s your best suggestion? A: I assume the tablecloth is white and bleachable. I suggest you at least wash it in the hottest wash recommended for the item. Prior to the … Read More

Your Questions: Dye Transfers

May 2, 2008

Q: Dear Dr. Landry, I found your website very informative, and seek your help. I carefully washed the laundry with pastel colors and my husband’s brand new and favorite t-shirt came out with light blue stains caused by bleeding. I soaked it in Oxy Clean, Clorox for … Read More

Your Questions: Tanning Lotion on Clothes

April 29, 2008

Q: I own a tanning salon and a bottle of tanning lotion exploded on my new blouse. I rinsed it out but now I have a white ring around the stain. Is there anything I can do to get these stains out? Your response would be appreciated. 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 … 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 … Read More

Your Questions: Mystery Blue Spots on Clothes

April 18, 2008

Q: The first time I washed and dried a red velour outfit, I discovered it had blue spots on it, though it didn’t have them when I put it in the wash. I remembered my daughter brushed the sleeve on some chocolate, so I had spot-treated with … 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 … Read More

Your Questions: Bleach for Dishes

March 20, 2008

Q: I work at a restaurant sometimes doing dishes. The health department says that the dishes should be washed in hot soapy water, then rinsed in hot water, then rinsed in a cold water solution with 1 tablespoon of bleach per 3 gal water. I’ve heard that … 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 … Read More

Your Questions: Removing Stains from Hats

February 3, 2008

Q: My father recently passed away and left behind two, white straw cowboy hats. I would like to give the hats to my young grandchildren, his great grandchildren, as a remembrance. We have several pictures of him in those hats and the youngsters remember him that way. Read More

Cold Water Laundry Results

February 1, 2008

In my last post, I discussed basics cold water laundry facts. Today, let’s talk about some performance and end-result differences you’re likely to encounter and some tips on how to deal with washing in cold water. COLD WATER LAUNDRY RESULTS and TIPSThings Dissolve SLOWER in Cold Water The biggest … Read More

Cold Water Laundry Challenges

January 30, 2008

Last time I talked about some of the basics behind cold water usage. Today, I want to focus on the challenges that washing in cold water presents to the consumer. With a little better understanding, you should be better prepared to make the plunge into cold water laundering. Many people … Read More

Cold Water Basics

January 28, 2008

It’s January, there’s lots of snow, its winter and it’s COLD!! Larger energy bills are due to show up in your mailbox. What are some options for helping to keep these in check? Many people are looking for ways to cut energy costs, save dollars and help the environment. Also, … Read More

Your Questions: Fuel on Clothes

January 25, 2008

Q: My husband got sprayed with diesel fuel. He came home and washed his clothes right away in hot water. However, the yellowish stain is still there and the smell is awful. Do you have any suggestions on how to get even the smell out of that? … Read More

Your Questions: White + Red = Pink

January 22, 2008

Q: My husband washed a red sweatshirt with his whites which are now pink. Can his dress shirts be saved and turned white again? They are cotton/polyester blend. A: Oops on the red sweatshirt! After the shirts have been dried they are pretty well dyed pink from … Read More

Your Questions: Mildew on Tablecloth

January 17, 2008

Q: Dr. Laundry, how do I remove mildew from my table cloth? It is 52% cotton and 48% polyester. Please help! A: The best thing for removing mildew is Clorox Regular-Bleach. Assuming the tablecloth is white or bleachable (See Bleachability test if unsure). I would either do … Read More

Your Questions: Getting Rid of Yellowing Whites

January 14, 2008

Q: I have a lot of white clothes that look a bit yellow. I always add bleach to water and pour in after washer is full. I even add a bit of bluing the same way. But they continue to look dingy or yellowed. Can you help … Read More

Your Questions: It’s Ski Season!

January 9, 2008

Q: My daughter has a grease stain on her new ski coat. The grease stain came from the ski’s chair lift. The shell of the coat is 100% nylon. Any suggestions? A: The best bet for grease on nylon jacket include: Pre-treating using good liquid detergent or … Read More

Handbags Beware

December 14, 2007

So in keeping with things to avoid for the holidays, I’ve talked about those tough holiday stains and how you can find some great solutions on my toll-free Holiday Stain Hotline: 1-877-STAIN-411 (877-782-4641). Then, I talked about avoiding cold and flu germs. Today, it’s another thought provoking item that came … Read More

‘Tis The Season to Avoid Sharing Germs!

December 11, 2007

So, I talked about those tough holiday stains in my last blog and how you can find some great solutions on my toll-free Holiday Stain Hotline is 1-877-STAIN-411 (1-877-782-4641). Today I’d like for you to think a little about the other kind of giving that goes on during the holiday … Read More

‘Tis The Season!

December 5, 2007

For tough holiday stains, that is. From elbow-to-elbow holiday party crowds to home entertaining with family and friends, the bustling activities during the holidays and winter months seem to be magnets for stain mishaps. And, wouldn’t luck have it you stained your favorite shirt. Bah Humbug! Don’t … 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: Bleach and Doilies

October 10, 2007

Q: I have a 56-year-old hand crocheted ruffled doily I made. I washed it, and then stretched it to shape it on a piece of foam broad that I had drawn circles and straight lines on as a guide for stretching. I covered the board with waxed … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read More

Your Questions: Grease Stains

September 25, 2007

I received this inquiry recently from Robert, who has been dealing with a tough stain! Q: Can a small amount of Lestoil be added directly to a load of greasy restaurant clothing? I know it is used directly on a stain for pre-washing, but can I … Read More

Your Questions: Fading Stains

September 20, 2007

Q: I have a question for you. I recently used the Clorox UltimateCare Bleach on a white cotton shirt. I poured it directly onto the stain and was going to leave it on for the 3 minutes as the instructions stated. But then was interrupted and it … 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 … Read More

Your Questions: Bleach and Septic Tanks

September 14, 2007

Q: I just built a mountain house which has a septic tank – my first – so I’m not knowledgeable about what to and not to use. I use Clorox Ultimate Care – about ¼ capful. Is this dangerous to break down otherwise needed septic bacteria? A: … 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 … Read More

Your Questions: Proper Amount of Bleach in Laundry

June 29, 2007

Here’s a question from a reader on the appropriate amount of bleach to use in a laundry load. Q: What is the minimum amount of bleach I can use to disinfect laundry? I’m mostly interested in killing mildew on towels and generally find that a very small … Read More

Your Questions: Polyurethane Stains

June 26, 2007

I received the following question from a reader—check it out if you’ve had a similar problem. Q: I SAT ON A BENCH AT A FAVORITE RESTAURANT WEARING WHITE SLACKS. WHEN I GOT UP, I SORT OF STUCK TO THE BENCH. WHEN I WENT TO WASH THE SLACKS, … Read More

What’s Your Laundry IQ?

June 1, 2007

Fresh off Memorial Day and the unofficial kick off of summer, it’s only a matter of time before outdoor activities leave their mark on clothing. Getting in the spirit of summer white season, we did a recent survey to understand more about laundry habits—what’s your laundry IQ? And we did … Read More

Memorial Day

May 31, 2007

Since we’re all getting back from Memorial Day weekend, I’d like to take a moment to recognize this special holiday. Memorial Day is a time to pause and reflect on those who have paid the ultimate price in the service of our great country. Unfortunately, too many Americans view it … Read More

My Summer Stain Hotline

May 17, 2007

The days are getting longer; the temperature is rising, cherries are ready to pick and I find myself spending more time gazing out the window at work. It must mean summer is just around the corner. Summertime and the staining is way to EASY!!! Summertime means a whole new set … Read More

Guest Posting on a Bleach Myth

May 11, 2007

While Dr. Laundry is on vacation, he has allowed me to be a guest on his blog today. I’ve asked for this privilege, because I’m concerned about a recent myth I heard about, and as a toxicologist I wanted to help debunk this myth. Hopefully the parents reading this will … Read More

Recipes for Starch

April 27, 2007

I recently received questions about how to make starch. “My husband loves to have his shirts cleaned at the cleaners because he likes to have them heavy starched. Can you please tell me how to make a good starch I can put in the laundry at home? These cleaning bills … Read More

Laundry Psychology: It’s a Wash

April 23, 2007

Although I find the subject of laundry fascinating, I understand that laundry to most people is typically just a necessary chore to have clean clothes to wear. Have you ever considered the way someone does laundry might tell a lot about his or her personality? I know at our house … 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 … Read More

Your Questions: Dye Bleeding

March 26, 2007

Q: I have a child’s t-shirt with a background that used to be white. The design has grass green, a little red and royal blue, and a little sun with yellow in it. Somehow the background/white part is now pink. Is there a way to get the … Read More

Your Questions: Crayon Stains

March 13, 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: … Read More

My Blog Featured on Yahoo!

February 27, 2007

Well, if you haven’t seen it…I’m officially hip. Clorox has teamed up with Yahoo! Personals to create a “Clean Compatibility” survey. Check it out at http://www.personals.yahoo.com/cleancompatibility! They decided to feature me, and my blog as the resource for those love seekers in need of some cleaning advice. Hopefully I … 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

Color Safe Bleach: Not a Misnomer!

February 21, 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, … Read More

Valentine’s Day Stain of the Season: Chocolate

February 12, 2007

It’s hard to ignore the fact that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. The grocery store displays many flowers, heart-shaped candies and other festive decor for loved ones. It seems appropriate to address one of the toughest stains of this season: chocolate. Chocolate is one of my favorites and … Read More

Super Bowl Stain Tips

February 2, 2007

OK, we’re having our annual Super Bowl party on Sunday. The menu is planned, the RSVPs are in and most of the items are bought and ready to go. What a day! I always look forward to seeing old friends, eating, drinking and yelling our way through 4 quarters … Read More

Play-Doh®: How to Remove it from Clothing? Your Questions

February 2, 2007

I received the following question from a reader recently on Play-Doh®. Check out my response for some tips in removing it from clothing. “My 11-year-old daughter got a new shirt for Christmas from her grandma and somehow got red Playdough ground into the front of it. Is there a special … 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 … Read More

Aging Stains: Your Questions

January 23, 2007

I received the following question from Dianne, a reader. Check out my response for handling your own stains: “We’ve got a new puppy in the house and last week she jumped on me as I was sitting down with coffee. Of course the coffee went everywhere, but mostly on my … 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 … Read More

Stain of the Season – Candle Wax

December 28, 2006

What would the holidays be without candles? They seem like a natural way to brighten your home and set that special mood during the holidays. Whether scented or fragrance-free, candles add that special touch to the table centerpiece or mantel. Amid all the hustle and bustle, it can be easy … Read More

Post holiday laundry problems and advice

December 26, 2006

Turn out the lights… the party’s over! Great, now the cleanup begins!! Tell me again why having that party was such a GREAT idea. Now that the guests are gone and the flurry of holiday activities have officially concluded, hosts and hostesses are often left wondering what hit … Read More

Stain of the Season – Coffee

December 22, 2006

A cup of Joe, cappuccino or soy latte, coffee gets your day started. For lots of folks, it’s not the last one you may have during the day. Whether driving in your car, reading the newspaper at home, or sitting at your desk (as I am now), drinking coffee is … Read More

Stain of the Season – Chocolate

December 20, 2006

Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hot chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate pudding… so many forms but so little time to eat them all. While chocolate something is always a decadent dessert choice for a holiday party or even for an evening at home, it always amazes me how often in ends as … Read More

“The Good Ole Days?”

December 18, 2006

I received the following from my boss (thanks, Adrianne) and it really made me stop and think how far we have come. I remember my grandmother detailing her washing process and parts of the following were included. Maybe “the good ole days” were not really “the good ole days”. Washing … Read More

Stain of the week – Red wine

December 11, 2006

I love a good red wine, but the spills that result from it are tough! From Two Buck Chuck Merlot to Rosenblum Zinfandel to Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, red wines always find a prominent place in my holiday festivities. When spilled or splashed onto a fabric like tablecloth or, even … 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

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

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 … Read More

SCARY LAUNDROMAT STORIES CONTEST

October 27, 2006

WANTED: Your Laundromat Horror Stories!! Ok, next week is Halloween and for some adult fun, I thought we might solicit some reader input that combines scary and laundry. Thus, our SCARY LAUNDROMAT STORIES CONTEST. It seems everyone who does their laundry in public has had uncomfortable experiences. Has … Read More

World Series: Baseball Uniform Research

October 24, 2006

The American and National League are whittling down their teams to determine who will be moving on to the World Series. This brought to mind an interesting piece of baseball uniform research that my friend Bill recently sent to me. Nothing it seems is too trivial to try … 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 … Read More

Washing clothes in coldwater

September 20, 2006

I received a smart question from a reader this week and thought I’d address it. Thanks for sending Sean! The question was in response to my last entry on body soil. With the coldwater detergents on the market these days, there’s often a balance between energy savings vs. cleaning power … Read More

Myth Part 2: Only using detergent gets my clothes clean

September 14, 2006

A quick review of body soil: Everybody has it and everybody is going to deposit it onto a lot of the things you use everyday How much you deposit can vary but an average person produces ~50grams of body soil/day This stuff can be a real … Read More

Fontana Race Review: The Changing Face of NASCAR

September 8, 2006

Last weekend Dr Laundry traveled to Fontana, CA to see the Clorox #47 and Kingsford #59 Busch cars run on the 2 mile banked track. What a special opportunity to see and hear this wonderful sport up close and personal. I was excited especially since the #47 was sporting the … 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

The First Pitch

August 28, 2006

This past weekend I had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Sacramento Rivercats game. Talk about pressure! More than a dozen of my friends drove up to see if I would choke or throw the ball to the backstop. Being sick last week had kept me … Read More

Lucky Dr. Laundry!

August 25, 2006

I thought this might be a good time to pause and reflect as we near the end of summer. Can you believe it’s almost over? So much has happened in this time from June to now. I have had so many great new experiences and the changing season will bring … Read More

Guest Blogger: Robert Verdi

August 16, 2006

I’ve met all sorts of doctors in my life, but never have I met a doctor who practices laundry! Now that is marriage material. So, it was a no brainer for me when I was asked to speak to magazine editors about the new Clorox Ultimate Care Premium Bleach in … Read More

Introducing Robert Verdi

August 15, 2006

I have invited Robert Verdi, celebrity stylist and lifestyle expert, to provide a guest blog today. I’ve been working with him to launch Clorox UltimateCare Premium Bleach-the new product that hit store shelves last month (see my last two posts for more details on this innovative bleach). Check out Robert’s … 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 … 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 … Read More

Hey MrK

August 4, 2006

As you may have noticed, I needed to step away for a few days for personal business. While preparing for the introductory event at the Bliss Spa displayed in my last entry, I received an unexpected phone call from my wife that my brother-in-law had taken a sudden turn for … Read More

A Blissful Time in New York

July 28, 2006

I’ve been called away on personal matters for a few days, but I’ll be back to blogging next week. In the meantime, here is a picture from Bliss spa in New York. I was hard at work this week hosting an event for a new product I’ve been working … 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 … Read More

The Great Laundry Debate: Top Loaders vs. Front Loaders

July 21, 2006

The process of purchasing a new washer/dryer is becoming about as complicated as selecting a new car, given all the various options and upgrades. Front-loading machines or top-loading, high-efficiency or conventional, stackable or side-by-side units – the decisions are many, but each is very important. Following are a few tips … Read More

Your Questions

July 14, 2006

Wow, it’s been another very busy couple of weeks! This time I was helping to shoot some new Clorox® Anywhere Hard Surface ™ daily sanitizing spray commercials.  It is another innovative product that’s great for busy consumers. I told you earlier that I have been shooting some commercials for a … Read More

Busting Bleach Myths, continued

July 10, 2006

In my previous posting, I offered some “real deal” information on when it’s OK to bleach and when it’s not. I’m going to continue on that train of thought now as well. MYTH: Laundry detergent alone is enough to clean your laundry. TRUTH: Nope, detergent alone leaves behind unseen “body soil” … 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

Soccer Stains…

June 30, 2006

First, let me say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my son Brandon!  Hope it is a great day for you.  Sorry I won’t be there.  Dr. Laundry is in New Zealand working on another commercial. I admit it—I’m officially immersed in soccer fever this month. World Cup Germany has me glued to … 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

Summer Fun Stains

June 19, 2006

Not surprisingly, I saw and helped create a lot of stain opportunities during my weekend activities.  Sunshine and rising temperatures mean outdoors, and stains go on the rise. Grass stains from cutting and edging, as well as Word Cup, lots of sweat and perspiration from participating in around-the-house cleanup and … Read More

It’s almost the weekend!

June 16, 2006

My daughter graduated from high school this week. I step back and marvel at the terrific young woman she has become.  Seems like yesterday we were dropping her off at kindergarten and now we will soon be packing her up and delivering her to San Diego State.  Wow, kind of … Read More

Stains: Nuts & Bolts

June 12, 2006

I look at a bad stain as a challenge that can usually be overcome. One of my most memorable stain-saving situations occurred the night before the Berkeley Ballet Theater’s performance of The Nutcracker, near San Francisco. One of the volunteers had hand sewn a gown for “Mother Ginger” with black … 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

Tips on Mixing Grays with Whites

June 8, 2006

I wanted to address RB’s question from last week on mixing grays with the whites.I think it’s great that you have the sweaty clothes (exercise is great!!). And I know just what you mean about wanting to make sure they get clean and disinfected. Nothing better than detergent and Clorox … Read More

Choosing the Tools and Finishing the Job

June 5, 2006

Step 2: Products You wouldn’t try to bake a cake or fix a car without the proper tools – laundry should be seen in the same way. A lot of us just use the products our mom or last roommate used for doing our laundry. However, there are many options … Read More

Basics of Laundry—Laundry 101

May 31, 2006

I know – you do laundry two, three times a week. But sometimes we don’t even realize that we could be making little changes to our technique that might extend the life of our items, or make the process smoother. Step 1: Sorting Everyone is a different kind of sorter. Read More

They Call Me “Dr. Laundry”

May 30, 2006

It’s true. Over the years, I’ve developed a reputation for being an expert in all things stains and laundry care here at Clorox. (Check out my bio – I’ve been doing this awhile!) My phone seems to be constantly ringing with random laundry questions. One morning, it was a ballet … Read More