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Using Clorox2® in the Bleach Dispenser

By Dr. Laundry July 11, 2011

Q: My wife put Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster in the bleach dispenser.  Will that hurt my washer?  If so, what can I do to fix the problem?

A: No, Clorox2® will not damage your washer if added in the bleach dispenser.  Your wife, however, should not do this on an ongoing basis, depending on the design of your dispenser.  The Clorox2® will not be adequately rinsed into the washer and could plug any tubing between the dispenser and washer drum.  Flushing the bleach dispenser line with very hot tap water several times should remove any residue.  Do this while your washer is empty so you can pour several quarts of hot water through the dispenser, then manually select a rinse/drain option and let the cycle finish. 

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