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    Any difference in bleach?

    I can get Clorox for 1.99 per gallon, but the save brand stuff is 1.45 from the grocery store. Is there any difference to this stuff other than packaging? They both say they contain 6% sodium hypochlorite, but I want to be sure I'm safe to switch to the cheap stuff
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    Re: Any difference in bleach?

    Usually the off brands are fine. Some of them occasionally have excess lye, which can raise the PH a little over time, but that is fairly rare. The only significant thing to watch out for is bottles that have been sitting around for a long time. Bleach loses strength over time, but it takes many months before that becomes significant.
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    Any difference in bleach?

    As long as they are marked 6% it will be fine, if it's not marked or price "too good to be true", avoid them. Some cheap brands are only 3%
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    Re: Any difference in bleach?

    I've even seen 2%, and it was only cents cheaper than the 6%
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    Re: Any difference in bleach?

    I switched from Aldi's Brand (Tundra) to WalMart Brand (Great Value) because the GV stuff seemed to hold the FC better even though both list 6%. But I have no scientific proof to that statement.... just my two cents.
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    Any difference in bleach?

    My guess is the GV brand is made by Clorox or other large national company, branded for WM and they sell tons of it so it's always fresh.
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    Any difference in bleach?

    The 182 oz jugs at dollar general have the same markings on the jug as wm GV brand, so in case your wm is out, that gives you another source.
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    Re: Any difference in bleach?

    Quote Originally Posted by thepiratemorgan
    I switched from Aldi's Brand (Tundra) to WalMart Brand (Great Value) because the GV stuff seemed to hold the FC better even though both list 6%. But I have no scientific proof to that statement.... just my two cents.
    Here to..I've alway's used Great Value..Switch'd last year & tried Aldi..Started having problem's.Just stick with what work's
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    Re: Any difference in bleach?

    I had similar issues with Aldi's would only raise the FC 1/3 of what the great value would. Also bought some of the 15% from Menards called super shock the first thing that made me suspicious was there was no seal on the bottle only the cap. It had no odor to it at all. I added 2 gallons to the pool and it raised the FC by 2. That stuff wasn't worth the $4 a gallon buy one get one free. Like the old saying you get what you pay for.
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    Re: Any difference in bleach?

    Quote Originally Posted by x2rider
    The 182 oz jugs at dollar general have the same markings on the jug as wm GV brand, so in case your wm is out, that gives you another source.
    Wish I saw this before last night. WM was out of GV and I had to spend a whole extra $0.50 per bottle for Chlorox !!!! Ugggghhhh !!! LOL
    Well, I'll keep that in mind next run ... thanks !!
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    Re: Any difference in bleach?

    I feel there is a difference. When I buy HEB brand of bleach and it shows 6% it does not seem to hold as well as Clorox brand.
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    Any difference in bleach?

    I noticed the same thing this year with aldi bleach, just didn't seem to hold the fc like the other brands so I also switched
    I either use Walmart bleach gv or the 12.5% bleach from the pool store, our local pool store sells 4 gallon cases of 12.5% for 9.99
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    Any difference in bleach?

    The Walmarts here sell 10% pool stuff for 6.48 for two gallons in a box, the GV 182oz for 2.98 each, & the Clorox in a range of sizes. IIRC the pool stuff is cheapest when comparing effective Cl per ounce but when they are out of the HTH pool sanitizer I just get two big GV. I have not had to look at a third option.

    Home Depot sells the KemTek 10% for almost the same price as WMs HTH 10%. If I am there for other projects, I might get it.

    On that note, beware the Muriatic Acid at HD, they sell two kinds here for almost the same price but only one is the 34 .baume.
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    Re: Any difference in bleach?

    i was using the $2.99 182oz of gv walmart bleach, but i noticed my sams club now has 3 bottles of 182oz clorox for $8.50

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    Re: Any difference in bleach?

    Glad you asked the question. I can buy GV bleach 1.42 gals for a few pennies more than Clorox.
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