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Clorox Bleach Pen Gel versus Tide Pen

Advice from Dr. Laundry
Q.

Are a Clorox Bleach Gel Pen and a Tide Pen the same thing?

A.

The Tide Pen and Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel are two different products. Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel is something you would ideally use at home before washing an item because the gel (which contains a low level of sodium hypochlorite bleach) should not stay on the fabric for a prolonged period of time before rinsing or washing. The formulation is pretty impressive: on the one hand, it has a low level of sodium hypochlorite so it can be safely applied to white, bleachable fabrics.  At the same time, it is strong enough so that it provides excellent stain removal; concentrated bleaching power right where you want it. But you do need to wash or at least rinse the Clorox gel away pretty much immediately after you apply it.  

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