I use bleach to sanitize, as well as whiten, my whites. How can I sanitize bedding, towels, and underwear that are bright or dark colors?
Unfortunately, there are currently no products that disinfect all colored laundry. Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster contains hydrogen peroxide as its active ingredient, which is a much weaker bleach than sodium hypochlorite, the active ingredient in Clorox® Regular Bleach2. So Clorox2® is color-safe for pretty much all your washable colored items, but doesn’t meet EPA disinfecting requirements. You may, however, be able to safely launder your colored items with Clorox® Regular Bleach2 (as long as the fabric is bleachable—always avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, and spandex). You can check colored items you aren’t sure about with a simple bleachability test:
It’s hard to predict what colors will pass the test–it really comes down to what dye is used and how it is applied. For any colored items that don’t pass the bleachability test with Clorox® Regular Bleach2, you can at least reduce germ counts by washing them in hot water, and using the hottest dryer heat setting. Dryer heat doesn’t completely kill germs, but it does reduce their counts. Other tips to consider include: