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Using Clorox 2 With Detergent

Dark clothes have to be treated differently than whites. Find out more about using Clorox 2 for colors with detergents to clean black and other dark clothing.

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Question

Can you use Clorox 2® with a detergent like Woolite® extra dark care?

Answer

Clorox 2® For Colors 3-in-1 Liquid can be added to any detergent to help with stain removal and brighten colors.  There’s a lot of great information here you can check out to learn more about color safe bleaches. For dark items that people don’t necessarily want to be “brighter” you can also use Clorox 2® For Colors 3-in-1 Liquid since the low level of oxygen bleach in the formula is safe for most washable fabrics. It’s always a good idea to check care labels for instructions from the garment manufacturer on whether or not to use a color safe or non-chlorine bleach.  If you aren’t sure, you can also test for colorfastness as follows:

    • If using Clorox 2® For Colors 3-in-1 Liquid, apply 1 drop to hidden area. Rinse after 5 minutes and air dry. The garment is safe for washing if color does not fade or bleed.

My favorite technique for keeping dark colors (especially black clothing) close to their original color is to keep them out of the dryer—this requires some planning ahead since air drying takes more time, but it really pays off.

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