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bleach qas

Bleach Q&As

Tips on when – and when not to – use bleach on your laundry

Is my garment sensitive to fabric washing oxygen bleach/perborate?

Some laundry products, such as OMO Handwash, contain colour-safe oxygen bleach that is specially designed for excellent stain removal when washing whites and colours. This is different to household bleach which is chlorine-based and can easily damage colours. But some items are sensitive to colour-safe bleach, and their care labels will probably be marked "Do not bleach".

Find out more about bleach care labels:

If you are unsure whether your garment is sensitive to colour-safe bleach, try the following test:

  1. Make a paste with OMO Handwash and water

  2. Place a small amount on a part of the garment that doesn't normally show (e.g. inside a hem) and leave overnight

  3. Remove the paste carefully

  4. If any colour is lost, the dye is not stable and the garment should not be soaked or washed in a product that contains oxygen bleach