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Bleach 101

posted by lwhite

bleach tips, how to use bleach, bleach laundry tipsConfused about which bleach—chlorine or oxygen—to use because both clean and whiten? Chlorine bleach is more powerful and is effective on white and colorfast clothing that’s washable, but not on silks or wool. Oxygen bleach is less strong and color-safe. Here’s more information:

1. Read the fabric-care labels before you use bleach. Test a small bit of bleach for colorfastness on a hidden area of the garment and read the labels on bleach bottles to ensure that you use the right amount.
2. To use chlorine bleach, add it about five minutes after the wash cycle starts, so any fluorescent whiteners and enzymes will not be destroyed.
3. To use oxygen bleach, add it to the wash water before the clothes are put into the washer. Do not pour powdered bleach directly onto wet clothes. Warm to hot water should be used.



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