How to Remove Stains With Bleach

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Household bleach can remove many kinds of colored stains on white fabrics. Examples of stains chlorine bleach will help remove include juices and garden soil. Because bleach (unless it is the non-chlorinated kind) bleaches out color stains, it is not recommended for colored fabrics. However, it does a great job as a stain remover (for non-oily stains) for most white cotton fabrics. Used alone or with regular laundry detergent, bleach can brighten single items or an entire load of stained clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid household bleach (sodium hypochlorite)
  • Laundry detergent

Removing Stains From Clothes With Bleach

  • Fill a washing machine with warm or hot water (if the fabric allows warm or hot washing). Add one cup of liquid household bleach as the machine is filling -- adding bleach then, rather than waiting for the machine to fill completely, will allow the bleach to better mix with the water before you add the stained item.

  • Place the stained item into the washer. Let it soak for at least half an hour.

  • Let the item run through one wash cycle to rinse out excess bleach.

  • Check the fabric item. If the stain appears to be gone, start a new wash cycle, this time adding detergent only to the water. If the stain is still a bit visible, add another cup of bleach to the detergent and water.

  • Finish washing and rinsing the item in the washing machine. Hang to dry or dry according to the label instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you feel the fabric smells too strongly of bleach after washing this way, you can just send it through an extra rinse cycle.
  • Chlorine bleach is not recommended for use on some natural fabrics, such as wool and silk. It is also not recommended for some synthetic fabrics. Always check the labels on clothing first. Make sure the stain is fully gone before drying in a hot dryer. The dryer heat may set a stain.

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