Sanitizing Fabrics

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  • Can I Add Clorox to the Steam Cleaner I Rented?

    Can I add Clorox to the steam cleaner I rented? —Anonymous Hi There! I know you can mix up a bleach and water solution for a power washer, but I am not so sure about steam cleaners. I have never tried it. It would be especially problematic if any ble...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    04/20/17 3004
  • How to properly sanitize laundry

    Is it sanitary to wash white towels and dish cloths and underwear? Whether or not you combine all your white bleachable items with your underwear into one load or separate a few items to wash depends on the condition of the underwear. If there are an...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    06/25/12 3981
  • Ammonia as a Sanitizing Alternative

    I know that bleach will sanitize laundry and washing machines, but I was wondering if household ammonia would also serve this purpose for non-bleachable fabrics. If it can be used as a sanitizing alternative, how much ammonia would I need? I know the...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    05/24/11 13556
  • Ammonia and Bleach

    I regularly use ammonia in my laundry, but when the whites won’t come clean I use bleach.  Should I be worried about the ammonia and bleach interacting? Bleach and ammonia should NEVER be mixed since when the two combine, toxic gas is formed th...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    12/26/11 12235
  • Disinfect Colored Towels

    I run a wellness center where we specialize in massage therapy. How can I disinfect the linens without damaging their color? Great question, and one I hear a lot. For your white and bleachable light colors, it’s pretty straightforward — simply...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    11/13/08 5638
  • Eradicating Mildew from Fabric

    How do I get mildew off sheets and towels? The best question to first ask yourself is:  are these items bleachable?  If you are not sure, you can do a quick bleachability test to check: add 2 teaspoons Clorox® Regular Bleach2 to ¼ cup water; apply a ...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    01/30/12 3331
  • Handbags Beware

    So in keeping with things to avoid for the holidays, I’ve talked about those tough holiday stains and how you can find some great solutions on my toll-free Holiday Stain Hotline: 1-877-STAIN-411 (877-782-4641). Then, I talked about avoiding cold and...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    12/14/07 2095
  • How to Reduce Mold & Dust Mites

    Allergies aren’t just for spring anymore. Of course, pollen never goes out of style.

    Advice from our experts
    05/26/15 10687
  • Disinfecting Urine Soiled Sheets

    Which is better to use for urine soiled white sheets, Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster or Clorox® Regular Bleach? I am assuming you would like to disinfect the sheets, and that they are a cotton or poly-cotton blend.  Therefore, you need t...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    06/22/11 1060
  • Clorox Ultimate Care and Disinfection

    Does Clorox® UltimateCare Bleach kill germs in laundry as well as regular bleach? Thanks for your question. The short answer is “No.” In order to make laundry disinfectant claims, a product must be registered with the EPA. It is very costly ...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    03/11/10 768