Clorox® Bleach Pens®

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How good are the bleach pens? Our family always seems to stain something at the worst possible time. If I could just dab something and remove the stain, it really would be great. Do they really work? Everytime? Or are the commercials just hype?

Why Spend the Money?

Why spend money to buy them when a little bleach in a shallow bowl, lid or any container and a cotton swab will do the job just as well.
Zee in California

They Dry Out Quickly

Clorox® Bleach Pens® only work if you use them often. We have tried several brands, and while they vary in price, there isn't much difference between them. What they all have in common is that they dry out quickly if not used regularly. If this is a product you thing you will use often, the dollar store offers one with a little brush on the end that are just as good as the more expensive brands.

Worth Every Penny

I was a "Band Mom" for five years, and in those five years, I was also in charge of uniforms for my daughter's marching band. The uniforms had white right down the middle of the jackets. Inevitably, someone would get something to eat and end up wearing part of it. I started carrying the Clorox® Bleach Pens® with me in my "gear" that I took everywhere. This did ward off the dry cleaners every week, which was a huge relief. It wasn't real good at taking out hot cocoa, but all in all, it worked. They are a little pricey, but worth it.

No More Coffee Stains

I actually like Clorox® Bleach Pens®. I am a coffee drinker and have ruined many shirts over the years. I keep one in the drawer of my bathroom vanity and use it to remove stains from my white shirts. It works really well. It's better than spray-on spot removers.

Work if Used Immediately

I have only used Clorox® Bleach Pens®. These bleach pens work best if used immediately after the spill. Waiting even ten minutes makes them not work as well. They work best on tightly knit fabrics, where the spill is mostly on the surface. If the stain sinks through the fabric, the bleach pen really isn't going to soak in enough to get all of the stain. A knit polo shirt with a salsa spill did not come completely clean with the bleach pen, since the bleach did not saturate the fabric and left bits of red stain in the underneath layer of the fabric. I have not had the pens damage any clothing.

An Unexpected Use

I've had great luck with Clorox® Bleach Pens® on white clothes that are stained. If you use them on anything but white, you'll ruin the garment's color (even an off-white garment). I try to launder the garment fairly soon after using the bleach pen.

Here's another use for bleach pens. Since they do bleach, the pens will change the color of paper as well. I've used them for unusual effects in papercrafting and scrapbooking.

Just Okay

Clorox® Bleach Pens® are okay, but just okay. I personally have found that the Tide to Go® works much better. I spilled tomato soup on a white shirt and used my Tide to Go® pen on it. I still wear the shirt and it's been a couple of years.

Use Carefully

I really like my Clorox® Bleach Pens®, especially the narrow tip. However, since it does contain real chlorine bleach, you need to be very careful not to get the liquid on any cloth that is dyed. For example, I have a shirt that is white and blue, and I got chocolate on the white part (of course). I was very careful to get the bleach only on the white part and rinsed it well before laundering the shirt in the washing machine, and it came out fine.

One other product I really like is the Tide to Go® pens. They are slim and fit in my purse and desk drawer. They are designed to use on the go and do a great job of completely getting rid of stains while you are out. The Tide pens may leave a ring on white clothing when it dries, but that comes out when you launder the garment. They are a lifesaver for things like chocolate or spaghetti sauce, particularly if you get to the stain quickly.

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