Get Rid of Stains with Bleach

Most of us are familiar with what bleach does. It is a typical way to remove stains from white clothes. Be it a shirt or trouser or any piece of white cloth, it is highly susceptible to stains, and when whites get a stain, they stay. A lot of stains get cleaned with scrubbing, but some stains like tea, chocolate, ketchup, etc., need to be bleached. In case you do not know how to bleach clothes, you may end up damaging the clothes, and therefore it is advised to check the care label and the instructions on the bleach products to ensure the safety of your clothes.

Ways to Bleach

Bleaching clothes can be quite a complicated process, and you need to know the right ways in which you can get rid of stubborn stains using bleach. Given below are the stepwise guide to bleaching with the help of a machine and hands:

A. With Washing Machine

Bleaching clothes with a washing machine is a lot easier compared to bleaching with hands. But make sure that you do not put any delicates in the machine. This may damage the fibers and ruin your favorite clothes for you.

What to prepare

  • Washing Machine

  • Clorox Bleach

  • Clean Linen Scent


  • Sort your clothes and separate the whites from linens. Make sure you only bleach white clothes or the clothes that are bleach-safe.

  • Check the care label on clothes to figure out if they can be washed in a machine set at hot water mode. If not, set them aside as delicates and bleach them by hand.

  • Set your washing machine temperature setting to hot and the rest of the settings to regular wash. Bleach is activated by heat and works better with hot water.

  • Add about 180ml of bleach to the machine. If you are washing a big load, you can add a little more. Do not add too much bleach, especially if you are washing delicates.

  • Before adding the bleach, make sure you read the usage instructions carefully to learn how to bleach using the specific product. Additionally, add the bleach to the washing machine dispenser, so it gets diluted and gets dissolved uniformly.

  • Turn the washing machine on and let it fill the water and then add clothes into the machine. If you have a washing machine that is loaded from the front, first add the clothes and then turn it on.

  • Once the cycle is complete, your clothes are clean and stain free. Take them out and put them in the dryer. You can also air-dry clothes.

Wash By Hand

In case your clothes are not safe for machine wash, it is recommended that you bleach in by hand. Hands are relatively less harsh than the washing machine. This grants your clothes to last longer and protects their grace.

What to prepare

  • Disposable Gloves for the safety of your hands

  • Guarda Bleach Tablets or Clorox Clean-Up with Bleach Spray Bottle


  • Sort out the clothes and check the label to separate the clothes that are labeled hand wash or delicate.

  • Soak the clothes in a sink or a tub with a little detergent to wash out the dirt to ensure the uniform bleaching throughout the cloth. In case of dried grime, rub it off or use a soft brush to scrub it.

  • Put one tablet of GuardH Bleach Tablets in a ¾th cup of water and let it dissolve completely. Then add it to a tub of water.

  • Soak the clothes in the tub with the bleach mixture. And leave it for at least 15 minutes. Make sure you do it all while wearing gloves as bleach can be harmful to bare skin. Do not let the clothes sit in there for too long, as it may harm the fabric.

  • In case you are using the Clorox Clean-Up with Bleach Spray bottle, you can avoid step 3 and 4. Spray the bleach directly into the water and let it settle for at least 15 minutes. It allows the bleach time to act and remove the stain. You can increase the time if the stain is too stubborn.

  • Now, rinse the clothes thoroughly to remove the bleach and detergent. Put the clothes in a tub or sink filled with cold water, and then one by one put them under a tap with running water to rinse away any chemicals left.

  • Hang out the clothes for drying in the shade on a line or a drying rack. Do not put them in the dryer.


One of the most convenient ways to get rid of nasty stains from clothes, especially whites, is bleaching them. It is often advised to clean the stain as soon as possible as it helps in easy removal. Easy removal means less action of bleach and thus resulting in less damage to the fibers. Make sure you select the right kind of bleach for your clothes. The most common ones are chlorine bleach, oxygen bleach, and hydrogen peroxide. Go through the methods and carefully follow the steps. Here is a video to help you with the process.