How to Remove Stains from White Clothes

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

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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 wash white clothes

There’s nothing nicer than slipping into fresh, new, white clothes, but over time stains and regular wear and 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.

How To Remove Stains from White Clothes

Treating and washing stained or faded white fabrics is easy when using this step-by-step guide. 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 on for tips on removing colour stains if it’s already too late!
  • Hand wash delicates: 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.

How To Remove Colour Stains From White Clothes

White clothes can acquire colour stains from contact with coloured clothing or vibrant products, such as spices and coloured powders like the ones used to celebrate Holi. Using a bleach to target colour stains is effective with white fabric; try using oxygen bleach as opposed to chlorine bleach as it can be used in conjunction with detergents. It may be a good idea to clean your machine after washing colour-stained clothes to ensure any remnants are removed before the next wash.

How To Remove Rust Stains From White Clothes

Rust stains can be tough because the iron particles in the stain react with both bleach and heat to increase the likelihood of a permanent stain. Once you know this however, it’s easy to avoid detergents with a strong bleach content, and use your machine on a warm or cool setting, to successfully remove rust stains from white clothes.

How To Remove Yellow Stains From White Clothes

Yellow stains are often a result of natural bodily products such as sweat, combined with the chemicals we use to combat them like deodorant, and can embed and accumulate over time to make it seem like your white clothes are ruined. But don’t despair – there are many household products, which effectively remove yellow stains.

Oxygen bleach can work wonders on yellow stains. Other products that have been proven to brighten up yellowing clothes include lemon juice, salt, and meat tenderizer powder. Salt is great as it can be used both prior to washing, by soaking the stained white clothes in a salt solution for a few hours, and can be put into your washing machine to brighten white clothes.

There you have it your whites can be as bright and stain-free as the day you bought them with these tips – try it for yourself!

How to wash white clothes
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