How to Remove Stains from White Clothes

White clothing can sometimes seem like magnets for nasty stains! Read on to find out how to remove the five most common stains from white clothes.

April 24, 2019

How to Remove Stains from White Clothes

There’s nothing nicer than slipping into fresh, new, white clothes but over time stains and regular wear then washing can make them far less attractive. If you need to remove a specific stain or just want to brighten your whites after repeated washing, you will find it much easier than you expected with these simple but effective tips on how to clean white clothes.

Removing stains from white clothes is easy when you have the right products and the right strategy! Pre-treating stains with a good quality detergent like Surf excel liquid detergent is a simple and easy way to treat stains – detergents like this are specially formulated to help clean your clothes effectively, whether in a washing machine or if you’re washing by hand in a bucket.

How to Remove Stains from White Clothes

Treating and washing stained or faded white fabrics is easy when using these tips. Before using any new product or method on your clothes, remember to test it in a small inconspicuous spot first and to follow the directions on the label. You should also be sure to consult the care label on your garment to check that it is safe to attempt stain removal yourself and so you know what type of material you are dealing with.

1) How to target stains and pre-treat white clothing


General: Pre-treat any stains by applying a small amount of Surf excel Liquid Detergent directly on the stain. You can also soak a heavily-stained item in a bucket of cool water and detergent to help loosen the stain before washing it.

Silk and wool: White silk and wool can be stunning if they’re looking fresh and stain-free. Try soaking in a mild detergent designed for removing stains from delicate materials and reshape woollen garments whilst wet. Remember to follow your clothing’s care advice and visit a dry cleaner if you are concerned about treating delicate garments yourself.


2) How to wash white clothes

Clean your machine: It’s no good trying to freshen up your white clothes if your washing machine hasn’t been cleaned recently because trapped dirt and colours can add to dulling of white fabrics. If you have a fully automatic machine, run your empty washing machine at a high temperature, adding a cup of white vinegar to the drum to ensure your machine is not only clean but also germ-free.


Wash colours separately: If you’re washing white clothes, it’s important to only wash white materials together to avoid other colours bleeding into white fabric. Read these tips for removing colour stains if it’s already too late!

Hand wash delicate: You may be able to use the hand-wash setting on your machine to remove stains from delicate clothes, but remember to use a suitable detergent and to follow the care advice for the specific item.


Key Steps:

  1. Pre-treat stains with a laundry detergent like Surf excel Liquid Detergent.
  2. Make sure you use a mild detergent designed for washing delicate clothes when attempting to remove a stain from silk or wool.
  3. For tough stains on white clothes, you can try using oxygen bleach.
  4. Remember to test any cleaning products on a small, hidden area of the garment first and follow the instructions on the product’s label carefully.