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How to Get White Socks, White, Again

There is nothing more noticeable than someone wearing a really clean pair of sneakers, with a really grey pair of white socks. It doesn’t make a great first impression, does it?


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How to Get White Socks, White, Again

At Cleanipedia, we provide you with solutions for cleaning all kinds of clothes - including socks!

By using ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and not forgetting Surf washing powder. You can easily remove dirt, stains, and odours from your white socks without any harsh chemicals. We have also tried and tested just about every brand of bleach which can also help to turn those dull, grey, yellow socks into white wonders again, and we’ll let you know which one we love.

Here’s how to make white socks, white, again! Bringing them back to life and back to white has never been easier thanks to Surf Total Hygiene Bleach. We’ll also give you tips on other ingredients to use to pre-treat or soak your socks in before washing them to get them white, again!

How to Get White Socks White Again?

It's easy to get stained and dirty socks but it's not always as easy to get them clean again. Especially if you don't want to use harsh chemicals or laundry detergents.

We’ve got a few age-old tips to try that are pretty much guaranteed to get those dirty white socks back to a clean white sparkle.

The Boiling Method

Your great-grandmother did it and so did her mother. It’s a method that’s been around for centuries and there’s a reason for it; it works. By boiling your dull socks with lemon, you’re loosening the fibres of the knit which allows the dirt and grime to be released. Here’s how:

  • Bring a pot of water to the boil

  • Add in ½ cup of lemon juice (squeezed from a lemon preferably) with a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid.

  • Add in a few pairs of dull socks – make sure they all fit in or else you may have to do this in batches.

  • Boil the socks for about 20 – 30 minutes.

  • Wash as normal in the washing machine.

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However, you do not need to go through that whole process. Surf washing products have super whitening granules, formulated for a deep clean which not only whitens your clothes but also brightens them.

The Bleach Method

If you’re ok with using good-quality bleach to whiten up your socks, then we highly recommend using the new Surf Total Hygiene range of bleach products. Surf bleach is formulated with whitening technology to bring the sparkle back to white clothes. Here’s how:

  • Fill a bucket with warm water.

  • Add in 4 tablespoons of Surf Total Hygiene Bleach and two drops of dishwashing liquid. Mix the solution well.

  • Add in your dirty white socks and allow them to soak for about 30 minutes.

  • Wash them in the machine as normal.

Both these methods will help to return your socks to their previous white wonder. And now that you’ve nailed getting your socks whiter, isn’t it time to tackle your shoes? Read our blog on How To Clean and Care For Shoes At Home now.

For more laundry tips and tricks, visit Cleanipedia today.

Frequently Asked Questions on Whitening Socks

Should I Wash my White Socks with a Machine or Hand Wash them?

It’s really up to you. We recommend soaking them as we instruct in the blog above, either by using the boiling method or the bleach method and then washing them by hand or in the machine with your favourite laundry detergent.

Do I Need to Soak my White Socks With Washing Powder Before Washing them?

You can soak them in a bucket of water and add some Surf washing powder to get them white. However, we’ve also given you some great ideas in the blog above for other methods to try too.

Can I Get My Socks White Again Without Damaging Them?

When working with bleach it’s important to stick to the usage directions to avoid damaging the fabric you’re working with.

Why Does my Washing Machine Leave Dirty Marks On My Socks?

There are several reasons for why washing machines leave dirty marks on clothes, from excess build-up of detergent in the machine to a build-up of mould or if you use more detergent and fabric conditioner than instructed.

How do People Keep White Socks White?

Short of staying at home and never leaving the house, it’s pretty impossible to keep white socks perfectly white. Rather get out there and experience your life and follow our easy tips on how to get your socks back to white, once you’ve finished your adventures.

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