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Clorox Bleach Pen Gel versus Tide Pen

By Dr. Laundry November 22, 2013

Are a Clorox Bleach Gel Pen and a Tide Pen the same thing? 

 

The Tide Pen and Clorox Bleach Gel Pen are two different products. Clorox Bleach Gel Pen is something you would ideally use at home before washing an item because the gel (which contains a low level of sodium hypochlorite bleach) should not stay on the fabric for a prolonged period of time before rinsing or washing. The formulation is pretty impressive: on the one hand, it has a low level of sodium hypochlorite so it can be safely applied to white, bleachable fabrics.  At the same time, it is strong enough so that it provides excellent stain removal; concentrated bleaching power right where you want it. But you do need to wash or at least rinse the Clorox gel away pretty much immediately after you apply it.