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What is the “bleachability” test?

By Dr. Laundry August 3, 2012

Many people don’t know, but you may actually be able to use Clorox® Regular-Bleach to safely wash some colored clothes provided they are colorfast to bleach and don’t contain any spandex. To check if clothes can be bleached, we have our “bleachability” test. Test clothes as follows:

• Mix a test solution by diluting 2 tsp Clorox® Regular-Bleach in ¼ cup water.
• Apply a drop to a hidden part of the item such as an inside hem, cuff, or seam. Wait one minute and then blot dry.
• No color change means the item can be safely bleached.

Watch the Bleachability Test video here.