Laundry Whiteners to Keep Your Clothes Bright

You want your clothes to look as good as new for as long as possible, but it's hard to know which fabric whitener is best. With all of the different laundry whiteners on the market, it can be confusing. How do you know which one will work best for your needs?

Updated 28 September 2023


Author By Cleanipedia Team

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Thanks to Surf, we’ve created a guide with tips on what laundry whiteners to use to keep your clothes looking bright – from store-bought brands at your favourite retailer to at-home DIY solutions too.

Laundry Whiteners to Keep Your Clothes Bright

While it sounds easy to keep your clothes bright and white, it’s not always the case. It’s very important to use a laundry product that works with your machine and your other laundry products. At Cleanipedia, we love Surf Hand Washing Powders because they contain super whitening granules. Not only do they make your whites brighter but they also work to keep your bright colours brighter, bringing life back to your favourite garments wash after wash.

What is a Laundry Whitener?

A laundry whitener is an additional detergent that you would add to your normal laundry routine to add extra whiteness or brightness to your garments, but it does not replace any of your normal washing powders. If you have not used one before, take a look in the laundry aisle at your local supermarket to find a selection either in liquid or powder form. Either way, liquid, or powder, ensure that the product is safe and easy to use and most importantly is effective in achieving the goal of whiter, brighter clothes.

We’ll also give you some DIY ideas to try at home to get your clothes whiter and brighter too. If you want to know how to avoid Common Laundry Mistakes, read more about this in our blog now.

Ways to Brighten Clothes With Laundry Whiteners

Once you have chosen the best product for the job, make sure you read the care and instruction label carefully and follow the instructions. Depending on what you have purchased, the laundry detergent for white clothes can be added to your every wash or can be used to pre-soak the clothes before washing them.

A pre-soak is when you soak the clothing first before washing them. This is effective when trying to whiten clothing and also when wanting to get rid of stubborn stains too. Pre-soaking is a good idea if clothes are particularly grey or dull as the extra time of soaking them will go a long way to making them look as good as new.

How to Brighten Clothes at Home

We’re giving you the best tips on how to include laundry whiteners in your washing that can be store-bought or with ingredients you have in your pantry already. Here’s how:

Store Bought Whiteners

Here are three tips to ensure the best results when using a laundry detergent for white clothes to help maintain whiter and brighter fabrics:

Do not mix your white clothing with dark colours. It is best to do a load of only white clothes.

If possible, wash the white load at 30 - 40 degrees Celsius. If you wash with slightly warmer water than cold, the heat of the water increases the chemical reaction of the laundry detergent giving better results.

It is important to hang up your clothes as soon as the cycle is done. The UV rays of the sun are beneficial and brighten up the fabric making them look brighter.

DIY Whiteners

To add that extra pep in the step of your white or bright clothes, use these ideas for natural or at-home whiteners in your next load.

  • White vinegar is a natural clothing whitener. Add half a cup and Surf Washing Powder to your water for a brighter load.

  • Baking soda and salt act as natural clothes softeners and whiteners too. Pre-soak your clothing in a tub of water with ¼ cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of salt in.

  • Whether it is to brighten and whiten dull clothing that is yellowing or going grey or whether it is to prevent this from happening and extend the life of your clothes, a laundry whitener to brighten your clothes is a definite must in any laundry routine.

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