Adding Bleach to a Wash Cycle
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, and any colored items that are bleach safe, delaying the addition of bleach helps a good detergent work better. Waiting to add bleach allows time for enzymes in the detergent to break up enzyme-sensitive stains and for the fluorescent whitening agents in the detergent to deposit onto the fabric. These whitening agents are colorless dyes that absorb non-visible light and reflect it in the visible spectrum. Therefore, delaying the addition of Clorox® Regular-Bleach to the wash cycle gives you the best results.
However, not every load you might wash will contain only lightly soiled items. There is a wide range of laundry, and people who give it some thought will get the best results no matter the situation! I have listed some scenarios where a good bleach soak is the best way to go:
- Heavily soiled work clothes
- Ground in dirt on kid’s pants
- White items that picked up dye from a colored article accidentally thrown into a white load
- A dress shirt that had a ball point pen burst in the pocket
To pre-soak, we recommend a solution of ¼ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Fully submerge the item for five minutes, then drain. Wash immediately with detergent and ¾ cup bleach in the hottest water recommended on the item’s care label.