How to Do a Bleach Load of Laundry

Household chlorine bleach will help keep your whites looking their best while removing stains. Bleach also has a variety of other uses other than in the laundry. Bleach disinfects hard surfaces and has been used for years to kill mold and mildew. However, bleach can discolor and damage colored fabric beyond repair. Using bleach with a load of laundry is not a difficult process; however, perform the actions correctly to prevent damage to the fabric.

Bleach is a popular laundry product that has a variety of uses.
  1. Sort the laundry. Place white clothes in one pile and colored clothes in another. Using bleach not safe for colored fabric and will leave bleach spots and stains on the clothing.

  2. Set the washer's water temperature to the hottest allowed for the fabrics. Allow the washer drum to begin to fill with water.

  3. Add the appropriate amount of laundry detergent into the water. Pour 1 to 2 cups of chlorine bleach into the washer's bleach dispenser. If your washer does not have a bleach dispenser, pour the bleach into the water in the same manner as when you added the laundry detergent.

  4. Allow the washer drum to continue to fill with water. Submerge the white clothes into the washer. Close the lid and allow the washing machine to complete a full cycle.

  5. Remove the clothing from the washing machine. Place the clothing in the dryer or hang to air-dry.


  • Bleach can cause skin irritation so handle with care.
  • Bleach can burn holes into fabric. Never pour bleach directly onto fabric.

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.