Using Bleach on Non-Grease Stains
Non-grease stains include things such as food coloring, ink, fruit juice, coffee, and tea. The best pre-treatment for these items is to sponge at the stain with cold water. Let the washable item to sit in the cold water for one half hour. If the stain is still not removed, then allow it to sit overnight.
If it is mostly removed at this point, rub liquid detergent upon the stained area and let it sit for another few minutes. If the stain is not removed entirely, soak the item in cold water before using bleach to remove stains from it in the washing machine.
Using Bleach on Combination Stains
The third types of stains from which you can use bleach to remove stains are combination stains. These include things such as coffee which had cream, lipstick, or Thousand Island dressing. These are items which have greasy and non-greasy elements contained in them.
These should be pre-treated with a sponge and cold water, followed by rubbing liquid detergent onto the area and rinsing it thoroughly. Once the item has dried, a cleaning agent should be applied allowed to dry. Once this is done, you can remove stains with bleach in the washer.
Should your fabric smell too heavily of bleach after it has been washed, you can place it back into the washer into an extra rinse cycle to remove the stain.
Chlorine bleach should not be used on certain fabrics such as wool or silk. It should also not be used for synthetic fabrics. Before using chlorine bleach you should check the labels on every piece of clothing and ensure that the stain is fully removed prior to placing the items in the dryer. Once an item is placed into the dryer the heat will set the stain.