My mother would tell me she knew what my little brother had for lunch at school based on the cuffs of his white school uniform. Tomato stains meant spaghetti and meatballs. Brown grease stains meant hamburger, while yellow grease stains meant pizza. Needless to say, Clorox was (and still is) my mom’s best friend to bleach white clothes.
Fast forward twenty years and I can say the same about my husband. He’s a food enthusiast, constantly watching the Food Network and the Cooking Channel to get ideas for new recipes. Looking through our whites on laundry day, I can vividly recall what meals we’ve had together in the past week. This weekend, based on the stains, it was tomato soup (red stains), pancakes and sausage (grease stains), and turkey sandwiches with honey mustard dressing (yellow stains). I’ll spare you what all those stains looked like but I will show you the one that did stump me:
Living with a foodie (who insists on wearing his white undershirts while cooking and eating, by the way) certainly poses its unique challenges. The irony is that he won’t wear any clothes with stains #SerenityNow.
Since I have no windows in my laundry room, I have to comb through all of his clothes in our master bathroom (hence the mirrors up there). Since I didn’t know what caused that stain (it wasn’t greasy so my normal grease stain removal process wouldn’t cut it) I knew I had to cautiously turn to bleach in order to take out those stains. Unless my husband was volunteering to wear a stained undershirt to work, there was no way I could avoid using bleach.
I had so many clothes ruined by bleach as a kid that I always fear using it. Either holes ripping through fabrics or the unfortunate discoloration were common occurrences when I used generic bleach. One of my favorite 500-thread-count white sheets were ruined by a well-meaning relative with dollar-store bleach when I was recuperating from surgery. Since then, I’ve avoided bleach for a long time.
[quicktime width=”300"]https://www.lalalisette.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/No-splashing-low-CloroxCare.mp4[/[/quicktime]recently learned about a new Clorox product, MyUltimateCare Bleach, and thought I might try using bleach again. Available at Target, Clorox MyUltimateCare Bleach has no bleach odor (it passed my sniff-test), a big plus for me as chlorine tends to linger in my nose for HOURS after using it. I don’t mind whites smelling a little of bleach once they’re clean. It’s the wet smell of bleach that bothers me. MyUltimateCare bleach did not disappoint. You can pour it directly on fabrics and it will not splash everywhere. I tend to wear black yoga pants every day and this is a huge plus!
So, how did my whites turn out? See for yourself:
The undershirts smelled clean without the normal over-powering pungent smell of chlorine. They were also extremely soft, despite not using any fabric softener, which was extremely surprising. If Clorox MyUltimateCare Bleach was able to safely and gently whiten my husband’s stained undershirts, imagine how well it will whiten our white sheets? I’m game.
For a limited time, you can have brighter, fresher whites while saving 10% off the cost of Clorox MyUltimateCare Bleach using the Target Cartwheel Mobile app.