How to Bleach Your Clothes

Not sure how to use bleaching powder to keep your clothes looking bright and new? This guide to bleaching clothes is here to help.


how to bleach your clothes

Check your clothes are suitable for fabric bleach

This might seem like an obvious step when you’re bleaching clothes, but we usually tend to forget to check the clothing labels! Delicate fibres like silk or synthetics such as rayon and nylon can be highly damaged by bleach. Make sure you use a fabric bleach from a brand you trust to take good care of your clothing by washing it with a detergent like Surf excel.

If you’re wondering how to use bleaching powder for clothes with coloured fabrics, look for a bleaching product that has “colour safe” mentioned on the packaging. Also take extra caution when using it.

How to bleach white clothes

Bleaching white clothes in the washing machine is easy if you follow these steps:

Bleach is a harsh chemical and needs to be handled with care, especially when bleaching clothes. Always wear gloves, keep the room well-ventilated, and store the product away from kids and pets.

Step 1:

Check your clothes label to see if the garment is safe for bleach use.

Step 2:

Put your clothes in the washing machine and add your normal detergent.

Always test fabric bleach on a small part of your garment, like an inside seam, before using it. Do this by making a paste of bleaching powder and water or diluting liquid bleach in water and leaving it on the fabric overnight before rinsing well.

Step 3:

Add your chosen bleach product according to the instructions on the packaging. Bleaching powders can normally be added to the detergent drawer at the start of the wash, while liquid bleach should be added by mixing it with a little amount of water; later when the drum is filled with water.

Step 4:

Run your washing machine on a normal wash cycle. You may want to add an extra rinse.

Step 5:

Once finished, allow your clothes to air dry naturally.

Of course, bleaching clothes isn’t just something you’ll do as part of the whites’ wash. It can also be used as a pre-treatment to help remove stains and restore or transform the dingy office-wear into gleaming, bleached shirts.

Here’s how to use bleaching powder:

Step 1:

Make a paste of water and bleach powder according to the instructions on the packaging.

Step 2:

Rub the mixture into any stains on your clothes with a soft toothbrush while wearing gloves.

Step 3:

Leave the mixture to sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing clean.

Step 4:

Wash the item immediately.

Alternatively, if you want to bleach just a few items of clothing and not your whole laundry basket, then you can soak clothes in a tub of water and a little amount of bleach powder or liquid bleach overnight. Again, just wash as normal; afterwards.

Now you know how easy it is to use bleaching powder for clothes and how to bleach white clothes until they’re sparkling, you’ll never have to worry about watching your white clothes turn grey or not having perfectly bleached shirts ever again!

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