Skip to content
Ask Dr. Laundry

Ask Dr. Laundry

Clorox Ultimate Care and Disinfection

By Dr. Laundry March 11, 2010

Q. Does Clorox® UltimateCare Bleach kill germs in laundry as well as regular bleach?

A. Thanks for your question. The short answer is “No.” In order to make laundry disinfectant claims, a product must be registered with the EPA. It is very costly to operate under the EPA rules, so Clorox has chosen to limit the number of bleach products which we register. Unfortunately, our only EPA-registered bleach is Clorox® Regular-Bleach. Clorox® Ultimate Care Bleach has a lower bleach active level than Clorox® Regular-Bleach, which allows it to be a Gentler Bleach, which you can pour directly onto white clothes. Since it is not EPA registered, we cannot claim it will disinfect laundry.