I don’t like using bleach. I like the results of using bleach, it’s just the process that is a pain. The fumes stink, I have to make sure I wear gloves so it doesn’t sting my hands, and I also have to change my clothes before I begin. No matter how careful you are, you WILL get a drop of bleach on your clothes and ruin them. Jai learned this the hard way recently when he used a cleaning spray containing bleach. It wasn’t even straight-up bleach, so he thought he didn’t have to worry about it, but he ended up ruining his shirt. This is why I have a dedicated “Bleach outfit” – a pair of ratty old pajamas that I wear whenever I’m using bleach, dying my hair, or painting. Grandma deals with this problem by dressing in head-to-to white, which seems like a way classier way to clean than dressing in rags like I do! 😉
So when I was introduced to Clearon Bleach Tablets, I was intrigued. This product provides bleach in a small tablet form, which completely dissolves when it makes contact with hot or cold water – meaning that you could toss these in the washing machine without having to change into ratty clothes first! One small bottle of tablets is equivalent to 2 gallons of bleach, so you can avoid carrying around and storing big, bulky bleach bottles. I thought this sounded like a solution I could get behind, so I agreed to give it a try.
For my first test, I did a load of laundry consisting of white towels, rags, and socks:
If you’re wondering why these socks look so gross in the “Before” picture, these are what Jai has been wearing while working on construction projects and trudging around outside in our Oregon storms. For example, he had to stand in a huge downpour last weekend fixing a hole in our crawlspace door that had been created by racoons – so as you can imagine, this leaves some pretty gnarly stains on his socks! The bottle of Clearon advised using 3 tablets for a heavily stained load, which is exactly what I did. I thought this did a nice job of brightening these very stained old socks!
Depending on what kind of bleach dispenser you have, the Clearon Bleach Tablets can either go right into the dispenser or directly inside the drum of the washing machine. These won’t work in my washing machine’s bleach dispenser because there’s no way for them to make contact with the water, so I went with option #2 and filled the washing machine with hot water, adding the Clearon tablets and allowing them to sit for 2 minutes – the maximum amount of time needed for the tablets to dissolve 100%. The only downside to doing it this way is since I needed to add the clothes to the water after the bleach had dissolved, I still had to be careful not to splash the water on myself.
I also used these tablets to wash a load of Jai’s dingy white t-shirts, along with a few white dresses and tops of my own; Clearon helped brighten both loads of laundry and reduce the appearance of stains. After I finished these loads of laundry, I also ran an empty load through the washer with 2 tablets of Clearon, as recommend to deodorize the washer. I cleaned the washing machine pretty recently, but I like to be proactive with these things!
Of course, Clearon Bleach Tablets can be used for much more than just laundry – you can use them for anything you’d use standard liquid bleach for. You can dissolve Clearon in a bucket for mopping, and you can also drop a tablet directly into your toilet bowl before cleaning, which is what I did last night. I decided to spare you from a photo of my toilet – you can thank me later. 😉 Since the tablets are effervescent, they’re supposed to fizz upon contact with water, but I didn’t see it do this when I added it to the toilet bowl – perhaps because it dropped out of sight. I gave it a couple of minutes, then scrubbed down the bowl with a toilet brush. Like the washing machine, my toilet bowl had already been cleaned very recently, so I couldn’t really tell a difference in cleanliness since it was already scrubbed out – but I really don’t think there’s such a thing as “Too clean” when it comes to the commode!
One thing that really struck me about using the Clearon Tablets was that it didn’t emit the same kind of fumes I’m used to smelling when I use bleach. It’s meant to have a non-caustic formula with a lower PH than standard liquid bleach – It’s the same as the PH in shampoo – and when I was using it I noticed that there was hardly any trace of scent. That’s pretty impressive to me, since I’m usually gagging on fumes when I use bleach! The tablets also dissolve completely, without leaving residue behind.
I also love the super compact, easy-to-store packaging – Clearon Bleach Tablets are meant to be biodegradable, and they tout their small bottle as helping support their sustainability goals by using less resources to produce and transport, as well as adding less packaging to landfills. I also discovered that Clearon Bleach Tablets have a shelf life of 3 years, which means they’ll last in storage for a long time. Apparently, most liquid bleach has a shelf life of less than a year – did you know that? Because I sure didn’t!
Clearon Bleach Tablets now have a place on my laundry shelf, and I’m pleased to have a bleach product that is so easy to store and use!
Clearon Bleach Tablets are available online and at retailers such as select Walmart stores, Food Lion, Stop & Shop and Giant Food Stores – click here for a full list. For additional information, be sure to visit Clearon.com and “Like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter @ClearonProducts, and follow them on Pinterest!
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