I washed up the 'ol girl tonight and was nearly out of Westley's when I started so that got me to thinking if it really was just a bleach solution. I had a big jug of Clorox on the shelf in the laundry room so I went inside and filled up my Westley's bottle with about 60% bleach and then filled it the rest of the way with water.
On it's own, it didn't seem to do a whole lot. I had some wheel cleaner lying there so I squirted that on the Wide Whites and started scrubbing. That seemed to get the top layer of grime off and then I rinsed the brush out and tried my bleach solution again. Surprizingly, it worked. I could tell a considerable difference and they started to get quite a bit more white. Obviously, I used liberal amounts of water to wash everything off with when I got done, but I think the end results were pretty good.
I'm pretty sure that cleaning them this way actually got them better looking than when I've used just Wesley's in the past. Maybe just my imagination, but that's what I think at the moment anyway.
Anyone have any clue what's REALLY in Wesleys? Obviously, there's some sort of suds'ing agent as my bleach solution didn't suds up like Westley's does. Probably some blue dye as well. Beyond that, I have no clue. I know it sure burns the throat if you get in there too quick after spraying it on.
Actually, I've been thinking for some time now that they've been reducing the active ingrediant in it as my whites haven't quite been looking as bright as I've been able to get them in the past. Again, maybe my imagination, but that's the way it seems.
I'll shut up now.