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Softening Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster Powder

By Dr. Laundry August 31, 2010

Q. Can you tell me how to soften a box of Clorox 2® so that I can use it in my washing machine and not waste it?

A. Thank you for writing–this is an interesting question. Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster should be stable and usable (and free-flowing) for at least a year when stored at 70⁰F, so I would think your box is either quite old or has been kept in a hot and humid environment. Unfortunately, the hydrogen peroxide active has likely degraded somewhat, and the product won’t provide the same performance as newer Clorox2 Stain Remover and Color Booster that has been properly stored. So, from a performance perspective, you probably should just replace it. But you also don’t want to waste what you have, and there may be restrictions on the disposal of household cleaners in your city, so throwing out the old product isn’t a good idea, either. So to use up what you have, pre-dissolving it with boiling water before adding it to your washer will accomplish this. You can use it up on your lightly soiled colored loads, and if humidity is an issue where you live, be sure to store your new box of Clorox2 Stain Remover and Color Booster in an airtight container. I hope this is helpful, and let me know if you have further questions.