It’s perfectly normal for every summer to buy the new white dress or a pair of white jeans but when we step our foot outside, it looks like all the stains found a new place to have fun. This time it will be different because we have found a few tricks that actually work. This 7 garment care guide can help you brighten your white pieces. Read through and choose what’s doable for you.
Sort your laundry pile
First step is sort by Color by Separating whites from other colors. The reason is here, if you notice the clothing tag that has “Turn Inside Out to Launder” “Use Cold Water” “Color May Wash Down” or “Wash Before Wear”. It simply means that the garments are not colorfast, so their dye molecules wind up in the wash water only to settle on other fabrics. Then, Sort by Fabric by separating them by fabric or level of dinginess. Linens and cottons can be washed together, and so can acetates and acrylics.
Don’t wait for too long
Some of us might think it is best to set our white pieces together until we have gotten a few more pieces to add to the laundry pile, it is not the way! The longer you let your clothes sit before washing, the more time invisible stains have to set.
Pretreat Problem Areas
If you have got perspiration or other oil stains, pretreat them with detergent or dishwashing liquid. Make use of your toothbrush. Apply an undiluted oxygen-based bleach for a dribble of coffee, a splash of red wine, or a dollop of pasta sauce, and even those yellow deodorant stains. The best is to soak the pretreated garment in hot water to loosen up the stain before throwing it in the wash.
Wash Your Whites
The best way to retain whiteness is to wash items in hot water at least 120 degrees. Using baking soda or oxygen-based bleaches can increase the effectiveness of your wash. If you prefer a more natural way, your choice is lemons! Use a half-cup of fresh-squeezed lemon juice with your detergent to slightly whiten those whites.
Rinse and Repeat
If you take a white wet garment out of the washing machine and still see the stains, do not dry it! Instead, repeat the washing process again. If it’s an aggressive stain, consider applying ammonia directly to it, soaking it for 10 minutes, and then putting it back in the wash again.
Dry Your Whites
Drying will set the fabric, so what you see is what you will get. Putting your garments in the direct sunlight for a few hours should be enough, but to make them even whiter you can also put them back out for a few hours another day.
Accept What You Cannot Whiten
No matter how hard you try, they might never look perfect. White fabrics are treated with optical brightening chemicals that boost whiteness but it is normal for them to wash out over time.
We see white clothes all over the runway, year after year, no matter what season. White is always the classic choice but what comes with them is all the obvious stains we can’t resist. If you have tried all of our suggested ways and still fails. You can always wear black!