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Can Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster Be Used As Detergent

By Dr. Laundry July 8, 2010

Q. I purchased Clorox2 when I meant to buy laundry detergent. I’ve used it two or three times to wash clothes. First – can I use Clorox 2 as a detergent, and if not, have I done any damage to my clothes?

A. You didn’t say if it was the liquid or powder version of Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster. Let’s go backward in answering your questions. No, using Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster will not harm your clothes. We made the product to be a color-safe laundry additive to enhance the stain removal, cleaning and brightening power of the detergent. It is meant to be added with the detergent to provide these benefits. It is not a full detergent formula; rather it adds ingredients like the oxygen bleach that the detergent does not contain. So I would recommend trying it as an additive with your regular detergent and see if you don’t see better results. If you bought the powder, it probably functioned more like a detergent since it contains a large amount of builders to help soften the water and remove dirt/mud.