Which one works better, generic versus store brand bleach?
By Ama from Worcester, MA
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Clorox works a lot better than a generic brand.
I've tried a lot of different brands, but I always go back to Clorox. To my way of thinking it seems to do a better job.
The only difference is the bottle. Clorox claims to have a spill proof bottle. For the difference in price, I prefer to just be more careful pouring out of the generic bottle!
Your just paying for the name, to save yourself some money buy the generic brands.
The bleach ingredient in bleach is a 5-6 per cent solution of sodium hypochlorite. I've read labels and all seem to be around that percent. Perfumes and water, possibly something else are the remainder, but that's the bleaching agent. You can increase the effectiveness of bleach [I've read] by adding a few tablespoons of baking soda to wash water. I don't bleach all the time, but use baking soda or borax or both with hot water and recommended amount of detergent for that particular load.
I usually use less than recommended detergent measure for most loads. Hanging things in sunshine helps as well, but it's winter for most of us now, but sun is great bleach.
I buy generic also for just plain chlorine.
I am perfectly happy with store brands or generic. They seem to be the same.
By c t03/07/2010
I have been using & diluting granular chlorine for over 30 years. I talked to a chemist many years ago & found out the dilution amount to use. Bleach is nothing more than watered down chlorine.
For 1 cup bleach, use the granular chlorine & measure out 1 tsp. into the wash tub as the water is filling. Let it completely fill & I use something long handled to make sure it's mixed, then load clothes & it works great.
I've never had a problem with this. I have even found some chlorine marked down from time to time.
The only thing you need to be careful with is to not get any moisture into the chlorine container. Sometimes the container gets old & needs to be replaced. So I'd use something like heavy duty plastic to put it in, if needed.
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I'm doing a science project for school and I need your help. Is generic bleach really not as good as name brand bleach? To give you a little background info I will be trying to remove these stains: tomato soup, black Sharpie, and mustard.
So if you've dealt with this dilemma please tell me the results you got. And if you have any ideas for a witty project name for it I'd love to hear them.
Ale from LA, CA
I have noticed that unless I am using the Clorox brand bleach my whites do not come out as white. I use the generic brands for scrubbing floors and and other jobs around the house that don't require the real stuff. I have used the Clorox on a black mark on our tile floors and it worked perfectly. For me, using the Clorox on the mustard stain doesn't work as well unless I let the shirt soak overnight.
I wish you all the luck on your science project, and I am positive you will do well. My son is also doing a project here in GA. His is about engines. (10/18/2006)
By Jean in GA
Why don't you ask your mom for some rags or an old white sheet and do some experiments yourself? I think plain white cotton material would work best for this experiment. Perhaps white cotton undershirts would make a good test material. Just be sure to use the exact same material for each test.
Good luck. (10/18/2006)
By Carol in PA
I hope I could help. (03/03/2008)
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