LAUNDERING THE ARMY COMBAT UNIFORM (ACU)

While the ACU comes with a care manual, some items on the laundering instructions are not covered in the manual.  On the care label, the instructions are to launder in a mild detergent which does NOT contain optical brighteners.  No laundry detergent lists whether or not it contains these brighteners.  By contacting the individual laundry detergent manufacturers the following list was compiled of detergents which do contain optical brighteners and those which do not:

DOES NOT CONTAIN BRIGHTENERS (OKAY TO USE):
Bold Powder
Cheer Liquid (all versions)
Cheer Powder (all versions)
All Powder (all versions)
Surf Powder (all versions)
Woolite (all versions)

QUESTIONABLE CONTENTS (SHOULD AVOID)
Spray ‘n Wash (all versions)
Calgon (all versions)

CONTAINS OPTICAL BRIGHTENERS - DO NOT USE
Dreft Liquid
Dreft Powder
Era Liquid (all versions)
Gain Liquids (all versions)
Gain Powders (all versions)
Ivory Snow Liquid
Ivory Snow Powder
Tide Liquids (all versions)
Tide Powders (all versions)
Tide Tablets (all versions)
Fab (all versions)
Dynamo (all versions)
Ajax (all versions)
Suavitel Fabric Softener (all versions)
All laundry products made by Colgate-Palmolive
Arm & Hammer Liquid (all versions)
Arm & Hammer FabriCare Powder (all versions)
Arm & Hammer Fresh ‘n Soft Fabric Softener (all versions)
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
Rain Drops Water Softener and Detergent Booster
DeliCare Fine Fabric Wash (all versions)
Wisk (all versions)
All Liquid (all versions)
Surf Liquid (all versions)
Yes (all versions)
All Dial Laundry Products including:
Purex Powder (all versions)
Purex Liquid (all versions)
Purex Fabric Softener (all versions)
Purex Baby (all versions)
20 Mule Team Detergent (all versions)
Zout (all versions)

CAUTION:  If using a store brand or “generic”, the label usually states “compare to [brand]” on the front panel.  Match that to the list above for ingredient content.

Additionally, turning the uniforms inside out while laundering prevents the Velcro from attaching to other items and prolongs the usefulness of the Velcro.

This concludes today’s betcha didn’t know and never thought of this!

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