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Bleach Usage During Pregnancy

By Dr. Laundry August 10, 2010

Q. I recently bought Clorox- Regular Bleach. I wanted to use this to wash my clothes. I was watching your video – Laundry 101 video. Thanks for the nice information.
My questions:

  • 1) My wife is pregnant, and I was wondering if I can use this product to clean the clothes? Are there any precautions I should be taking before and/or after using this product for laundry?

  • 2) If I can use Clorox regular bleach, is it safe to use with “All” detergent liquid to wash clothes? If yes, what is the combination?

Thanks a lot for your advice.

A. Thanks for your question. Congrats on the future child and glad you liked the video. Answers to your questions:

  • 1) Yes, you and your pregnant wife can continue to use Clorox® Regular-Bleach to clean, whiten and disinfect your clothes as well as disinfect areas around the house. No special precautions are needed above and beyond those one always uses when handling liquid bleach (use recommended amounts, dilute and use as instructed and avoid splashes and spills).

  • 2) Clorox® Regular-Bleach is safe to use with leading liquid or powder detergents including All detergent. Laundry instructions to be followed include: sort laundry by whites, light and dark colors; in top loaders start water, add recommended amount of detergent and Clorox® Regular-Bleach; after these have a chance to mix/dilute (1/4-1/2 full washer), then add clothes. If you have a bleach dispenser on the top loader or new HE washers, use it by adding 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach in the top loader or fill to the top of the bleach dispenser on the HE machines. For colored clothes that aren’t safe to use liquid bleach on, try our Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster.