I am looking for information about Clorox® brand products that can be used to disinfect laundry in a medical facility. The laundry consists of colored fabric but could have blood/body fluids in the fibers. I need to know the options for properly disinfecting these items without removing color.
I get this type of question a lot, especially for disinfecting colored fabric — and I do not know of a product for disinfecting colored clothes.
For your white and bleachable light colors, it’s pretty straightforward. Simply wash in hot water using detergent and 3/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach₂ with CLOROMAX®.
Unfortunately, there currently is NOT a Clorox product for disinfecting colored clothes. Our Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster for colors contains hydrogen peroxide as its active ingredient. It is a much weaker bleach than the sodium hypochlorite found in Clorox® Regular-Bleach₂ with CLOROMAX® and is not capable of meeting EPA disinfecting requirements.
Dealing with blood stains usually requires a separate treatment like presoaking in cool water using a good enzyme-containing laundry detergent product before washing. If the stain is not totally removed, washing in hot water will usually set the remaining stain.
As I have written previously, the best way to reduce germ counts in (colored) laundry are:
Also, check the colored items for Bleachability. It’s surprising how many things labeled as Do Not Bleach are actually OK to use liquid bleach on. Do the quick Bleachability/colorfast Test on a hidden part of the colored item (Add 2 tsp. Clorox® Regular-Bleach₂ with CLOROMAX® in 1/4 cup water; apply a drop on a hidden color section area like inside seam, hemline or cuff; wait 1 minute and then blot with towel). No color change means it is safe to use liquid bleach on the item.