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Fabric Care

Powder

ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Laundry Detergents neutralize chlorine, found in wash water. This helps prevent premature fading.
Enzymes are complex proteins used in laundry detergents to catalyze (speed up) reactions that break up stains so that they can be washed away more easily. They are not living, although they are produced by living organisms.
Yes, most ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Detergents contain enzymes. The Free Powder detergent does not contain enzymes.
ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Laundry Detergents are available in several varieties, including Regular, ARM & HAMMER Plus OxiClean™ Powder, ARM & HAMMER Essentials™ Powder, with Color-Safe Bleach and Perfume & Dye Free. Each variety is available in the following fragrances, Clean Burst, Clean Mountain and Fresh Scent. The available sizes range from 36 loads to 200 loads.
Yes, ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Laundry Detergent with Color-Safe Bleach is safe for all colorfast items, when used as directed. We use a color-safe oxygenated bleaching system, rather than a traditional chlorinated bleaching system. Oxygen bleach is safe to use on most colors and fabrics. It is milder than chlorine bleach. For best results, we recommend that you check your garment care label for complete laundering instructions. If a care label says, “No Bleach,” then we recommend that none of our regular ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Laundry Detergent which does not contain bleach.
Yes, ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Laundry Detergent Perfume & Dye Free is dermatologist tested for sensitive skin. Our product is free of fragrance and dyes, which may irritate sensitive skin.
Yes, ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Laundry Detergents can be used in conjunction with all commercially available laundry additives.
Yes. The temperature of the water affects the level of cleaning performance of all laundry products. Wash in hottest water fabric will allow. For white cottons, use hot water. Bright colors in cold. Follow directions on care label.

For more information about laundry care, see our Steps to Successful Laundering
Cold water is desirable for rinsing all loads of clothes. Rinsing with cold water is effective and can help to reduce energy used to heat the water, and it can even help to minimize the wrinkling of some permanent press items. For more information about laundry care, see our Steps to Successful Laundering.
Yes. ARM & HAMMER Powder Laundry Detergent cartons are made from 100% recycled paperboard with a minimum of 35% post-consumer content. This helps to reduce the amount of solid waste in our landfills. Our scoops are made from 100% post-consumer recycled material and both the scoops and handles are recyclable. Check with your local recycling center for specific directions in your area.
ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Laundry Detergents contains biodegradable cleaning agents that completely dissolve in all water temperatures. Additionally, ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Laundry Detergents are compatible with septic systems and waste treatment systems.
We suggest that you begin with one 1/2 cup for a medium load. Use 1 cup for a large or heavily soiled load.
ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Laundry Detergents have not been designed for use in front loading, high efficiency washing machines. Instead we offer ARM & HAMMER™ High Efficiency Liquid Laundry Detergents. The high efficiency liquid detergent is currently available in Clean Burst scent, Perfume and Dye Free, and ARM & HAMMER™ Plus OxiClean™ variants. It can be found at most food and mass merchandise stores.
Yes, if you are looking for additional softening, you can use liquid fabric softener as directed on the package during the rinse cycle and/or a dryer sheet. We recommend using ARM & HAMMER Total™ 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths or ARM & HAMMER Essentials™ Dryer Sheets.

For instructions on how to use ARM & HAMMER™ Powder Laundry Detergents please visit Usage Tips .
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Liquid

ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Laundry Detergents are available in several varieties, including: Regular, Plus OxiClean™, Plus OxiClean™ Odor Blasters, Free of Perfumes and Dyes, Sensitive Skin plus Skin-Friendly Scent, Clean Scentsations™, Detergent Plus A Touch Of Fabric Softener and with Color-Safe Bleach Alternative. The available sizes range from 43.75 oz to over 200 oz. And a variety of fragrances is available.

If you are having trouble locating a specific item, try the ARM & HAMMER™ Product locator tool or you may want to ask your local store manager to order it for you.
Enzymes are complex proteins used in laundry detergents to catalyze (speed up) reactions that break up stains so that they can be washed away more easily. They are not living, although they are produced by living organisms.
ARM & HAMMER™ Plus OxiClean™ contains enzymes. All other ARM & HAMMER™ liquid Detergents do not.
The cleaning agents in the ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Detergents are biodegradable and safe for septic systems.
Yes, the bottles are recyclable. The bottles are HDPE #2 plastic which is recyclable in most areas. Check with your local recycling center for specific recycling directions in your area.
Yes, our liquid detergent products can be used in conjunction with any commercially available laundry additives.
The blue colorant is specially formulated for liquid laundry detergents. The colorant is water-soluble and it dissipates almost immediately into the wash water.
Yes, the Perfume & Dye Free formulation is dermatologist tested for sensitive skin. This product is free of fragrance and dyes, which may irritate sensitive skin.
Our Color-Safe Bleach Alternative products contain a bleach alternative. Bleach alternatives are milder than either chlorine bleaching agents or oxygen bleaching agents. Our Bleach Alternative formulation can be used safely on all washable colors and fabric types, when used as directed. It is designed to keep bright items bright and vivid and white clothes as white as they can be. Before usage, please read your garment care label for proper laundering instructions.
Yes, however it is not necessary to use both chlorine bleach and bleach alternative.
You may use our Color-Safe Bleach Alternative product as a pre-treat but we do not recommend using as a pre-soak. For use as a pre-treat, just pour the detergent directly onto the stained area, rub gently and then add the item immediately and directly into the washer.
Yes, we offer ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Laundry Detergent Plus a Touch of Softener -Orchard Bloom fragrance.
The product can be used simply by adding in the wash the same way that you use your regular detergent.
Yes, if you are looking for additional softening you can use liquid fabric softener as directed on pack during the rinse cycle and/or a dryer sheet when using ARM & HAMMER™ Plus a Touch of Softener. For additional softening, try ARM & HAMMER™ Fresh 'n Soft Dryer Cloths.
No, ARM & HAMMER™ Plus a Touch of Softener will not stain clothes. The product uses color-safe colorants that have been tested extensively to verify "no staining".
ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Detergent Plus a Touch of Softener does contain baking soda, similar to other ARM & HAMMER™ detergents. The baking soda provides the benefit of eliminating odors, not just covering them up.
ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Detergent Plus a Touch of Softener cleaning agents are bio-degradable.
ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Laundry Detergents can be used for pre-treating. However, as with all detergents, test on an inside seam of the garment for colorfastness before using.

For instructions on how to use ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Laundry Detergents please visit Usage Tips.
All ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Detergents are designed to work in both regular and high-efficiency (HE) machines.
ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Detergent HE can be used for pre-treating. However, as with all detergents, test on an inside seam of the garment for colorfastness before using.

For instructions on how to use ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Laundry Detergents please visit Usage Tips .
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FABRIC SOFTENERS Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are designed to provide softening and reduce static that can occur in the drying cycle. You won’t get the same level of performance using the dryer sheets in your washing machine as you would using it in the dryer.
Each dryer sheet is formulated with enough active ingredients for one laundry load. Re-using a sheet may not provide the same benefits as using a new one. Therefore, we recommend using a new dryer sheet with each load.
We recommend tossing a damp bath towel in with your smaller laundry loads. Doing so will help to avoid staining that can occur on some fabrics when they come into direct contact with any fabric softener.
Often spotting will occur when a fabric softener sheet is used with a single item. Spotting occurs when the softening agents on the sheet have not been distributed evenly. In order to prevent spotting, please refer to the previous question regarding the use of fabric softeners with small loads.

If spotting has occurred, you can remove spots by rubbing them gently with a mild bar of soap and then re-wash the garment.
ARM & HAMMER Essentials™ Dryer Sheets: Mountain Rain, Emerald Mist, and Lavender & Linen. Fresh’ n Soft dryer sheets: Fresh Burst™, Wildflowers, and Clean Mountain
Although Fresh ‘n Soft™ Dryer Sheet and ARM & HAMMER Essentials™ dryer sheets are not available unscented, both products are dye free and dermatologist tested!
We don’t recommend using any fabric conditioner on a baby’s sleepwear. Your children’s sleepwear may be labeled “Flame Retardant”. It’s important to know that the ingredients in fabric softeners may mask the flame retardancy of 100% polyester sleepwear. We therefore caution against the use of fabric softeners on flame resistant fabrics.
Sure! Place an unfolded Fresh ‘n Soft™ dryer sheet in drawers, closets, hampers, stored suitcases, waste baskets automobiles and any other place you want smelling fresh and clean. Avoid placing the sheet in direct contact with clothes.

For instructions on how to use ARM & HAMMER™ Dryer Sheets please visit Usage Tips .
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ARM & HAMMER Total™ 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths - BUY NOW

For best results the cloths should remain moist before use. To do so we found the plastic tub and re-sealable pouch provided the best results.
These dryer cloths are infused with a liquid softening and freshening formula that is activated by the dryer’s heat to penetrate deep down into fabrics, leaving your laundry soft, fresh and totally conditioned.
No, ARM & HAMMER Total™ 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths are designed to provide softening and reduce static that can occur in the drying cycle. You won’t get the same level of performance using the dryer sheets in your washing machine as you would using it in the dryer.
Each dryer cloth is formulated with enough active ingredients for one laundry load. Re-using a cloth may not provide the same benefits as using a new one. Therefore, we recommend using a new dryer cloth with each load.
We recommend tossing a damp bath towel in with your smaller laundry loads. Doing so will help to avoid staining that can occur on some fabrics when they come into direct contact with any fabric softener.
ARM & HAMMER Total™ 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths are avalaible in the following scents: Classic Fresh, Wildflowers, and Lavender & Vanilla
Although ARM & HAMMER Total™ 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths are not available unscented, they are dye free and dermatologist tested!
You can still use a liquid fabric softener, but we don’t think that you’ll want to. ARM & HAMMER Total™ 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths are designed to give you the benefits of a liquid softener with the convenience of a dryer sheet.
Yes, for large loads or to achieve extra softness.
We don’t recommend using any fabric conditioner on baby’s sleepwear. Your children’s sleepwear may be labeled “Flame Retardant”. It’s important to know that the ingredients in fabric softeners may mask the flame retardancy of 100% polyester sleepwear. We therefore caution against the use of fabric softeners on flame resistant fabrics.
Often spotting will occur when a fabric softener sheet is used with a single item. Spotting occurs when the softening agents on the sheet have not been distributed evenly. In order to prevent spotting, please refer to the previous question regarding the use of fabric softeners with small loads. If spotting has occurred, you can remove spots by rubbing them gently with a mild bar of soap and then re-wash the garment.
Sure! Place an unfolded ARM & HAMMER Total™ 2-in-1 dryer cloth in drawers, closets, hampers, stored suitcases, waste baskets automobiles and any other place you want smelling fresh and clean. Avoid placing the sheet in direct contact with clothes.

For instructions on how to use ARM & HAMMER Total™ 2-in-1 Dryer Cloths please visit Usage Tips .
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ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda - BUY NOW

We offer ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda in a 55-ounce carton. If you are having trouble locating this product, you may want to ask your local store manager to order it for you. It may be helpful to provide the UPC number: 33200-03020. Or you can use the product locator tool to find a local store that carries ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda.
ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda’s carton is made from 100% recycled paperboard which is considered recyclable. Check with your local recycling center for specific directions in your area.
ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda is all natural. It will work well with and is safe for any septic system.
ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda is 100% sodium carbonate and it is used as a laundry booster and general household cleaner. ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda is 100% sodium bicarbonate and has a myriad of household cleaning, personal care, and deodorizing uses, as well as being a leavening agent. It is important to note that these two are two very different products and cannot be substituted for one another.
ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda is 100% sodium carbonate, so there should be no issues with adding it to an HE machine. However, it is suggested to start with 1/4 to 1/3 of the recommended dose because the HE machines use much less water.

For instructions on how to use ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda please visit Usage Tips .
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RainDrops™ Water Softener and Detergent Booster

It is available in a 42-ounce carton. If you are having trouble locating this product, you can:
  • Purchase online through the “Buy Now” Link
  • Use the Product locator tool to find a store that carries the product. Find Now!
  • Ask your local store manager to order it for you. It may be helpful to provide the UPC number: 33200-13600.
Hard water is water that contains dissolved minerals such as calcium, manganese and magnesium. Clothes washed in hard water tend to look dull, grayed or yellowed. Repeated washing of clothes in hard water causes them to stiffen, fibers may deteriorate and your garments may wear out faster.
It softens the water when added in the washer along with laundry detergent. Soft water aids in the rinsing process by removing minerals, soap and detergent deposits that build-up in your laundry. Your laundry will look brighter and whiter as RainDrops rinses away the dulling residue that detergents and hard water leave behind.
No, it is phosphate-free.
RainDrops and chlorine bleach can be added to the same wash load.
The carton is made from 100% recycled paperboard which is considered recyclable.

For instructions on how to use RainDrops™ Water Softener and Detergent Booster please visit Usage Tips .
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DELICARE™ Fine Fabric Wash - BUY NOW

We offer Delicare™ Fine Fabric wash in a 50-ounce bottle. If you are having trouble locating this product, you may want to ask your local store manager to order it for you. It may be helpful to provide the UPC number: 33200-35205. Or you can use the product locator tool to find a local store that carries Delicare.
  • Use the Product locator tool to find a store that carries the product. Find Now!
  • Ask your local store manager to order it for you. It may be helpful to provide the UPC number: 33200-13600.
The cleaning agents in Delicare™ fine fabric wash are biodegradable and safe for septic systems.
Yes, Delicare™ fine fabric wash is safe to use on all colorfast fabrics. If the garment is not colorfast, then do not wash. Test for colorfastness by dipping a corner in water.
No.
No.
Assuming the garment care label permits machine washing, you may use Delicare™ fine fabric wash in the washing machine on a gentle or delicate cycle.
No, at this time it is available only with a pleasant mild fragrance.

For instructions on how to use Delicare™ Fine Fabric Wash please visit Usage Tips .
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