Hypochlorite bleaches help brighten, whiten and remove stains. Here’s the process of how to use bleach on clothes:
Bleach converts soils into soluble particles, colourless which are easily removed by detergents, and then carried away in the water. Bleach can also whiten and brighten fabrics and help remove stubborn stains.
Sodium hypochlorite bleaches are the more powerful laundry bleaches; they disinfect, as well as whiten and clean. They work on colourfast washables and many whites but not on wools or silks. For hypochlorite bleach, read the label given and dilute as directed. For best results, add 5 minutes after the washing has begun to agitate to ignore destroying enzymes and fluorescent whiteners in the detergent.
Stain Removal from White Clothes
- Label reading: Read the fabric care guide first! The fact that the thing is white doesn’t necessarily guarantee that it’s safe to use bleach, especially hypochlorite bleach. Elements such as the fabric’s fibre content (including wool, silk, mohair, and spandex), finishes (such as the flame-retardant finish on kid’s nightclothes) and certain trims will affect the clothes’ suitability for bleach.
- Check safety: If bleach is a strict no and there are stains, treat them with a pre-wash stain remover, check the cleaning product guide first to make sure it is safe for the fabric, or the item beforehand, using a presoak laundry product or detergent that’s safe for the fabric. Mix the soaking agent with water, and then add the cloth. The minimum soaking time is 30 minutes; longer, as much as overnight, may also be required.
Tips for using Bleach in Laundry
- Read the Label: Check the garment label guide before laundering; some materials cannot be washed using liquid household bleach (sodium hypochlorite). If liquid household bleach is not suggested, you can use colour-safe bleach to help remove odours and stains. Also, read the cleaning product label. Some detergents have bleach alternatives or colour-safe bleach built into the product. Also, remember that these products do not disinfect.
- Test: Dip a cotton swab in the water solution/bleach and dab on an inside seam. If the fabric colour remains, then you are on the safer side.
- Start small: Lay the stained part of the garment flat and ensure they’re no layers of fabric or anything underneath that can be affected. Work from the outer edge of the stain in, and rinse with normal and fresh water when the stain is gone.
- Bleaching the whole load: Read the label on the hypochlorite bleach product to determine the amount to use when adding bleach to an entire lot of laundry. Consult your washing machine user guide to see if you should add bleach to the drum or a special dispenser section or drawer.
Hypochlorite bleach can be used to sanitize and disinfect laundry as well as the kitchen, bathroom, and other surfaces around the home. Bleaches are the only products that kill germs and remove stains too. Henceforth it’s a one-stop solution provided you follow the label directions properly.