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Using Clorox 2® with Other Products

By Dr. Laundry March 8, 2012

Q:  Can you use Clorox 2® with a detergent like Woolite® extra dark care?

A:  Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster can be added to any detergent to help with stain removal and brighten colors.  There’s a lot of great information at http://www.clorox.com/products/clorox2/how-to/.  For dark items that people don’t necessarily want to be “brighter” you can also use Clorox2® since the low level of oxygen bleach in the formula is safe for most washable fabrics.  It’s always a good idea to check care labels for instructions from the garment manufacturer on whether or not to use a color safe or non-chlorine bleach (like Clorox2®).  If you aren’t sure, you can also test for colorfastness as follows:


  • If using powdered Clorox2®, dissolve 1 teaspoon of Clorox2® in 1 cup of hot water. Soak a hidden area of the garment in the solution for 1 minute. Rinse and let air dry. The garment is safe for washing if color does not fade or bleed.

  • If using Liquid Clorox2®, apply 1 drop to hidden area. Rinse after 5 minutes and air dry. The garment is safe for washing if color does not fade or bleed.


My favorite technique for keeping dark colors (especially blacks) close to their original color is to keep them out of the dryer—this requires some planning ahead since air drying takes more time, but it really pays off. 

Anyone else need tips on keeping items dark or bright?  I noticed neon is a big trend this year for spring fashion!