What's That Smell?

The Science of Odor and How to Tackle It.

Warm weather is upon us. Now is the time when you need a breathable fabric that’s durable and easy to care for. Cotton is with you countless moments throughout the day. Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 is there to help keep your clothes looking brighter and smelling fresh.

Odor Build Up Occurs When:

Fabrics catch smells in the environment

Bacteria and sweat transfer to fabrics, generating odor within the fabric

Fabric absorbs odors produced by our bodies

The Facts

  • Polyester fibers tend to encourage and retain odor-causing bacteria and, since polyester typically repels water, those odors can be harder to remove. Choose non-synthetic fibers like cotton, which tend to produce and trap fewer odors in the first place and release odors more easily during washing.
  • Add Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 to not only remove tough stains and keep whites brighter longer, but sanitize laundry to kill bacteria, which cause odor.

Care Tip

How to Remove Stains and Odors

Clorox® Regular-Bleach2 has a legacy of fighting stains and odor by sanitizing every load of your bleachable laundry. To whiten cotton or bleachable fabrics with Clorox® Bleach:

1) Sort laundry by color and add detergent.

2) Fill bleach to maximum line or level in dispenser OR add measured amount of bleach to dispenser or wash water. Use 1/2 cup for standard machine or high-efficiency machine wash* or 1 cup for extra-large washer or heavy stains or soiled load of laundry. 

3) Ensure contact with bleach solutions for 10 minutes.

4) Add clothes and start wash.

*If sanitizing laundry, use 2/3 cup of bleach for standard machines and 1/3 cup for high-efficiency machines.

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