How to Sanitize Colored Towels Without Bleach

Sometimes colored fabric can't be bleached but still needs to be cleaned. Learn how to wash and sanitize colored towels, laundry, and fabrics.

Question

I run a wellness center where we specialize in massage therapy. How can I sanitize the linens without damaging their color?

Answer

Great question, and one I hear a lot. First, use the colorfastness to bleach test to check if any of your colored towels actually can be washed with bleach. For towels that pass, you can sanitize them with Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach following the instructions here.

For colored towels that don’t pass the colorfastness to bleach test and aren’t safe for bleach, you can use Clorox® Laundry Sanitizer. This product is added to the rinse cycle to kill 99.9% of odor causing bacteria on items with color that you can’t bleach.