Using chlorine bleach to clean your clothing or towels requires some basic knowledge to get the best results. Follow these simple steps and you will preserve the fibers in your clothing as well as clean your clothing better. The first step is to allow the detergents you are using to remove loosen the dirt in the laundry before applying the bleach.
Never apply full-strength bleach to a load of clothing. Always mix bleach with water before adding it to your laundry. Pour one cup of bleach for every quart of water used. Never mix two or more types of bleach or mix other chemicals with bleach. You could create a caustic mixture that can harm your clothing and your lungs.
When bleaching towels or preparing to use bleach on a piece of clothing first test the bleach on an area not readily visible to the naked eye such as a pocket lining, hem or facing. Mix one part bleach with two parts warm water, the take a cotton swab and dip it in the solution. Dab the solution on the garments lining or facing and allow it to dry. If the garment loses color in the area or color leaches through to the other side, do not use the bleach to launder this piece of clothing.
Bleach works in all temperatures of water, but it works best in very hot water. Wait at least five minutes after the wash begins to allow the detergent to release its enzymes and begin cleaning the clothing. Next add the diluted bleach.
Be sure you use the bleach within six months of purchasing it. Bleach loses its potency after being opened. After six months dispose of any opened bottles of bleach.
Bleach can be a great asset for cleaning laundry. It can also cause great problems when used improperly. Whether bleaching towels or clothing, by following the steps listed above, you’ll obtain a well cleaned load of laundry with its original colors. Respect the purity of bleach and never combine it with other chemicals or other bleach formulas to keep from ruining your clothing or harming your lungs.
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