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Neutralizing Rinse

By Dr. Laundry October 17, 2011

Q:  How do I make a neutralizing rinse?

A: This is an interesting question – what do you want to rinse?  In general, the rinse cycle that follows the wash cycle, will effectively neutralize a laundry load with bleach.  However, there are times when people are working on fabric projects where they use bleach for decorative effects!  Under these circumstances, you want to quickly stop the bleaching action from sodium hypochlorite (the active in Clorox® Regular-Bleach).  In that case, a hydrogen peroxide solution that’s 1 part hydrogen peroxide + 10 parts water will work. 

Readers, do any of you use bleach for decorative fabric effects?