There’s usually one biggest worry when it comes to white clothing, what happens if it gets dirty? Fear not! We have this quick list of tips and tricks to keep and restore your white clothing to their perfection.
1. Bleach It
Before using any bleach on a garment, always be sure to check the care label. If it says “no bleach,” that means unfortunately, there will be no bleaching. Not even all-fabric bleach would be safe to use. Once you’ve determined your item is safe, run your wash cycle as usual.
If you’re using an all-fabric or oxygen bleach, you can add it at the start of the cycle according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For liquid chlorine bleach, add the amount instructed by the manufacturer through the machine’s detergent dispenser five minutes into the cycle. Then dry your item as normal.
2. Wash Regularly
Quite obvious, but it really helps. Wash items after every one to two wears. Even if you can’t see them, invisible body soils and perspiration can turn white fabrics yellow or gray over time. Sweat marks and stains should be treated to prevent build-up too. Rub a full-strength liquid enzyme detergent on the affected area, and then let your shirt sit 15 minutes before throwing it into the wash.
3. Always Separate Whites
This is hard lesson to learn and only those have suffered from it will truly understand. Always separate white and colored clothing! I know it saves time, but it’ll ruin your whites. Although if you really want to chance it, try using dye-grabbing cloth to attract loose dye in your load of whites and keep color from settling.
4. Don’t Overload The Washing Machine
Again, we know it save time, but its better in the long run to avoid doing it. Clothing needs to circulate to get clean. So if you fill your washtub to the top, there isn’t enough room for the detergent to interact with soils and give an optimal cleaning performance.
5. Use The Hottest Water Safe For The Fabric
Hot water kills germs; that’s just science. Higher temperatures will also remove more soil, which is what causes white items to fade over time. However keep in mind to check the care label for the clothes tolerance to prevent shrinkage and damage to clothes.