Despite your best efforts, sometimes a single-colored item mysteriously finds its way into a load of whites, causing your previously white garments to appear grey or yellow. It can be very frustrating to take your clothes out of the washer and discover that they are no longer as white as they were when you first put them in. Don't worry; there are ways to refresh and restore the whiteness of your white clothes.
The first step in keeping white clothes white is to sort dirty laundry carefully. Washing white clothes separately prevents color bleeding and transfer from colored clothes, which causes the white fabric to look dull.
Follow the stain removal instructions for the specific fabric and stain type. While chlorine bleach can whiten, it can also damage fabrics if used excessively. WASO Stain Remover Detergent is typically safer and can be used on all washable fabrics except wool and silk.
We all believe that the more detergent we use, the cleaner our clothes will be. That, however, is not the case. When clothes have a lot of residues on them, they act as a magnet and stick to dirt. Yes, you read that right: using too much detergent can make your clothes dirtier. And, no matter how much detergent you use, make sure the load is thoroughly rinsed.
There are numerous stain-remover products available, but why not use ingredients you already have on hand? For example, use half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and half a cup of baking soda with a bit of water to remove spots and stains quickly. This is especially useful on nights when you're about 10 minutes from walking out of the door and notice a stain on your dress. Baking soda will be the life-saver there!
Though it may seem counterintuitive, adding blue coloring to your white laundry can help to combat the yellow stains that this color attracts. Look for a bluing agent in your local grocery store or on the internet and carefully follow the directions on the bottle. It is advised to directly pour the agent on your clothes or add it to your detergent because you may end up with dyed blue clothing.
Whites are the most difficult color to keep looking bright and new after only a few months. Sweat and oils quickly turn into stains, and colors from other clothes will eventually bleed into the fabric, discoloring your bright whites to a whitish hue. However, following the above steps will make your whites whiter than ever.