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Is Clorox2® Non-Chlorine Bleach?

By Dr. Laundry June 30, 2009

Q. Is Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster safe to use on garments with washing instructions that read “use only non-chlorine bleach”?

A. The short answer to your question is YES!

Our Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster has hydrogen peroxide as its active ingredient and is in the class of oxygen, color-safe (or non-chlorine) bleach. Compare this to our Clorox® Regular-Bleach1, which uses sodium hypochlorite as it’s active ingredient and is in the class of chlorine bleach.

Usually garment manufacturers place the “Use only non-chlorine bleach” washing instructions on their care labels for garments containing some or all color. Unfortunately, many clothing companies simply under-label all clothing to avoid any liabilities from laundry products and processes. You may be surprised to know that a large number of colored items can also be safely washed in Clorox® Regular-Bleach1. I recommend consumers do the quick Bleachability Test (2 tsp. Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 in 1/4 cup water; apply a drop on a hidden colored area like inside seam, hemline or cuff; wait 1 minute and then blot with towel). No color change means it is safe to use bleach on the item. Any color change could also show you the amount of change in color that likely will occur if you proceed with the liquid bleach usage.