How to Brighten Your Whites

The Internet abounds with tips and tricks on how to brighten the colours of your clothes without any expensive cleaning products. When it comes to white fabric, you might think that keeping it clean and white is even easier, because bleach is your best friend. Contrary to popular belief, bleach is not the premier solve-all for treating your white clothing.

While bleach is an unavoidable part of the cleaning equation, you might want to restrain yourself from relying too much on regular bleach as its acidic nature wastes away fabric, rendering it susceptible to tearing and as well as yellow staining. What you need to consider is a strategy to clean whites. The first lesson that everyone learns is that whites need to be separated from coloured items so that you prevent a colour bleed into the white clothing.

However, to expand upon this advice, you definitely have to be on the lookout for stains. Stains, be it old or new, pose the threat of spilling over and spreading not only on the stained garment, but on other whites as well. Therefore consider treating it, using your method of choice, before adding it to rest of the laundry in the washing machine. Should you use bleach, consider in investing in oxygen-based bleaches, which provide that fantastic clean without the threat of yellowing after multiple uses. Please ensure that washer is as clean as it can get or otherwise that dirt can easily stick to your clothes and then stick out like a sore thumb.

Once you’ve laundered your whites, it’s preferable to dry them out in the open, because the natural light’s ultraviolet rays will help brighten the fibre further. An additional tip I can give you is to wash white clothes even after one wear, because perspiration is the primary cause for the yellowing of the garment.

If this sounds like too much work, there is the alternative to hire professional cleaning services to do this for you instead.


October 20, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning

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