August 7, 2012

The Clorox Company Introduces New Concentrated Bleach, Offering Improved Whitening in a Smaller, Easier-to-Use Bottle

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 7, 2012 - The iconic Clorox® liquid bleach jug that's been around seemingly forever is about to become a "collectible" as a more modern, slimmed down version that's easier to use makes its way into homes beginning in August this year. The Clorox Company today announced the release of concentrated Clorox® regular bleach, a more concentrated version of its namesake liquid bleach created to improve consumers' laundry and cleaning experiences.

The newer formulation of bleach will improve whitening on clothes and significantly reduce the amount of water and plastic used, ultimately helping minimize Clorox bleach's and The Clorox Company's environmental footprint.

The new bleach comes in a smaller bottle that is easier to handle, easier to pour and easier to use in high-efficiency (HE) washing machines. Most manufacturers have transitioned to HE machines, which have a smaller dispenser for bleach. To ensure people use the recommended amount to whiten and disinfect, the company decided to concentrate its product.

"Concentrated Clorox® regular bleach was created for today's consumers to meet the need for a product that fits their lifestyle," said Benno Dorer, senior vice president for the Clorox Cleaning Division. "The Clorox Company has been in business for 100 years. To be successful over such a long period of time requires respect for tradition and quality, coupled with constant innovation in product improvements to keep delighting our consumers. The new concentrated bleach is just a more modern version of the same quality product that has been around for 100 years."

The company reformulated its bleach solution to create the concentrated version, reducing the amount required for laundry use. The change reduces the typical 96-ounce bleach bottle by a third to 64 ounces. This smaller size makes it easier to pour into the small compartments typically found in HE machines.

To use the new concentrated Clorox® regular bleach to whiten and disinfect laundry:

  • Add ½ cup of concentrated Clorox® regular bleach to a standard or HE washer following the laundry use directions.
  • As with any cleaning or laundry product, it is important to read the product label before use.
  • For all other uses, check the product label.

The new concentrated Clorox® regular bleach will be available in some regions of the U.S. in August 2012, and will be available nationwide by the end of March 2013. New concentrated products will replace all regular Clorox laundry bleach products, except Clorox® Ultimate Care. To ensure consumers can easily identify it, the new bleach bottle will say "now concentrated."

Information about concentrated Clorox® regular bleach will appear in advertisements and on Clorox.com and Clorox's Facebook page, Facebook.com/Clorox.

For more information, visit Clorox.com.

The Clorox Company
The Clorox Company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products with 8,400 employees and fiscal year 2012 revenues of $5.5 billion. Clorox markets some of the most trusted and recognized brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products, Clorox Commercial Solutions®, Clorox Healthcare™ and Dispatch® products, Green Works® naturally derived home care products, Pine-Sol® cleaners, Poett® home care products, Fresh Step® cat litter, Kingsford® charcoal, Hidden Valley® and K C Masterpiece® dressings and sauces, Brita® water-filtration products, Glad® bags, wraps and containers, and Burt's Bees® and gud™ natural personal care products. Nearly 90 percent of the company's brands hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories. The company's products are manufactured in more than two dozen countries and marketed in more than 100 countries. Clorox is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where its employees work and live. Founded in 1980, The Clorox Company Foundation has awarded cash grants totaling more than $87 million to nonprofit organizations, schools and colleges. In fiscal year 2012 alone, the foundation awarded more than $3 million in cash grants, and Clorox made product donations valued at $15 million. For more information about Clorox, visit TheCloroxCompany.com.

Contacts:
David Kellis
The Clorox Company
510-271-2252
David.Kellis@clorox.com

Melissa Biller
Ketchum
202-835-9422
Meilssa.Biller@ketchum.com


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