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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Keep Your Whites White

Man in Clean White TShirt.

Keeping Your Whites White

I think we all know we should wash our whites separately and we should use a temperature appropriate for the fabric. For instance, a washable silk shirt may require a cool water temperature, while a cotton shirt may be washed in hot water (if needed).

Check the label for temperature and any washing instructions, apply appropriate pretreatment (if necessary) before washing and choose your brightening/whitening medium.

Chlorine Bleach

Chlorine bleach is one option but it’s harsh and can ruin clothes over time. Honestly, normal wear, washing and drying can degrade the fibers of clothing over time as well, but continued use of bleach – especially if not used as directed – can further break down those fibers. Not to mention, using bleach can make your whites yellow.

I use bleach only when I must otherwise I’ll opt for Borax, Washing Soda or OxiClean in addition to the laundry detergent for brightening our whites.

Borax, Washing Soda, OxiClean

To help boost the power of your regular laundry detergent, add 1/2 cup of Borax or Washing Soda to the load of clothes you’re washing.

When using OxiClean, follow the instructions on the box then wash your whites on the hottest temperature the fabric can stand. If necessary, separate whites by temperature.

Add White Vinegar to Rinse Cycle

White vinegar can also be added to the rinse cycle to help whiten whites, remove soapy residue and make your clothes soft.

Stain Removal

If your shirts have perspiration stains, simply pretreat by using a liquid detergent like OxiClean. Rub into the fabric using a clean toothbrush.

If you get a bit of spilled coffee on your washable shirt, rinse with cold water. If rinsing alone doesn’t remove all the coffee and there is a little discoloration left behind, try using white vinegar or a little hydrogen peroxide. Let sit about 5 to 10 minutes then check the progress.

Don’t use the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together. If one doesn’t work, completely rinse the shirt with cold water before moving on to the next.
When the stains are gone, wash as usual then let air dry and make sure the stain is gone before drying.

Heavy Stain Removal

Borax can also be used as a presoak to help with heavy stain removal. Add 1/2 cup borax to 1 gallon warm water and thoroughly mix until dissolved. Soak clothing item for 30 minutes.

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