You don’t have to be a laundry expert to know that white clothes can lose their brilliance over time, either as a result of repeated washing, or because they are particularly susceptible to picking up unsightly stains. With a little TLC, it’s easy to keep whites looking bright. Whether you want to brighten up a regular wash or shift a troublesome stain, these tips and tricks explain how to wash white clothes, restoring dull garments and keeping them looking crisp.
How to Wash Whites
Step 1: Sort your laundry
It’s important to separate whites from darker clothes before washing, as a common cause of discolouration is colour seepage from darker garments. Similarly, avoid washing delicate white clothes with heavily soiled items such as muddy t-shirts, as the dirt will simply transfer to the lighter garments during the wash, regardless of how much detergent is used.
Step 2: Divide and conquer
As white clothes are prone to picking up fluff and fibres from other clothes, it’s important to divide your whites into piles according to fabric type. Keeping towels and sheets in one load, and washing cotton and linen items together in another means that you don’t have to worry about varying water temperature or juggling multiple drying cycles.
How to Get Stains Out of White Clothes
Removing stains on white clothes can be tricky, and no method absolutely guarantees complete stain removal – it will depend on the individual stain and the material. When it comes to removing stains from white clothing, timing is also of the essence: the faster you start treating the stain, the better the end result will be. Follow these four simple steps to treat stains on white clothing:
- Scrape off any visible dirt. Blot liquids with a cloth, starting on the outside of the fabric, and then repeating the process inside.
- Apply liquid Persil laundry detergent directly to the stained area, then blot with a light-coloured cloth.
- Soak your garment in cold water for around 15 minutes.
- Wash as usual with Persil small & mighty detergent.
How to Wash Whites with Stubborn Stains
More serious stains could require a little more persuasion before heading for the hills. If this is the case, as well as soaking the garment in hot water prior to washing, you can try one of these approaches before putting the garment in the wash with a good quality laundry detergent:
- Apply baking soda to the stain, and blot it into the fabric using a wet, light-coloured cloth.
- Using a cotton bud, swab the stain with hydrogen peroxide.
- Blot the stained area with white vinegar then wash as normal.