Use Less Bleach In Laundry

I was taught to put bleach in all my white loads for 3 reasons.

  1. It keeps clothes from being dingy.
  2. It sanitizes.
  3. It removes stains.


I've always mindlessly added bleach because Mama did. While loading the whites and looking for stains, I realized that most stains can be removed better by pre-soaking or scrubbing. It says on the bleach bottle to use 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups of bleach per load. That's a lot of bleach!

I went to the thrift store and paid 59 cents for a shot glass and put it by the bleach bottle. I now use 1 shot glass of bleach in white loads. That's enough to prevent the dinginess. If something is stained, I pre-soak, scrub and or use a little more bleach. I use 2 shot glasses for underwear or anything that needs to be more sanitary.

I'm using a lot less bleach, saving money and still getting good results while also being good to the environment.

By Di from Wilsonville, OR

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August 17, 20110 found this helpful

Bleach tends to wear down the fibers in material and if things aren't 100% cotton, they will also yellow. I found that not using bleach and instead using Tide's product "Tide Stain Release in-wash booster" gave me better results! Whites came out bright white, stains gone first time. That product is sold in an orange package of 10 for under $4 (cheaper at dollar stores and Walmart). There are also larger, family packs. These are pre-measured and just toss one into the washing machine at start of wash and use warm water.


Clothes come out with wonderful fresh scent, too. Using Tide with Acti-lift is a great detergent as well as Gain.

I also love the Gain liquid fabric softener but also Downy is excellent. Downy also has a great new product out to give laundry that extra boost of long-lasting fragrance "Unstoppables": these are beads you shake into washer at beginning of wash, too. Amazing! (Especially on linens!). Comes in 2 scents: Fresh Scent and also Lush (lavender, romantic scent).

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April 28, 20190 found this helpful

I have found that using any of the popular "pre-wash stain removers" works well on almost any stain. The trick is to spray the stain, let it sit for about 5 minutes, scrub a little with a soft tooth brush, then put it in the washer, preferably with cold water.


If it is a greasy stain, also put a little liquid laundry detergent on the stain and scrub in.

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August 17, 20110 found this helpful

I was also going to point out that bleach can wear down the fibers. I think that it is not necessary to use bleach as a routine thing, although there is nothing like it for getting white towels clean and fresh smelling. Nothing else takes that sour smell out of towels as effectively.

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