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How to Wash White Clothes

Get rid of stains & have your white clothes looking bright!


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It’s hard enough to keep clothes looking clean and in good condition – but during the summer months, it can seem almost impossible. Due to the heat and humidity, you might find white shirts and blouses start to yellow more easily, and with the dust and pollution in the air, even new, bright clothes can appear faded and dull in no time.

If you want to know how to get stains out of white clothes, or simply keep new clothes looking brighter for longer, read on for a guide to ensure your clothes look their best.

After washing your work clothes with a liquid detergent like Skip Liquid Detergent, dry them in direct sunlight for an extra brightening boost!

Wash White Clothes

When it comes to knowing how to clean white clothes, many people forget the basics. Here are a few essential rules to remember!

  • Separate and sort. It’s no use washing your whites with colours – even light blues or greys – as they may likely bleed or transfer colour. Instead, gather all your white clothes and wash them in a separate load.

  • If washing in a washing machine, wash on the hottest temperature the fabric will allow. Although a cool wash is good for delicates, it’s not as efficient at brightening white clothes. So if the clothing care label says it is suitable for the fabric, wash at a higher temperature.

  • Ensure your washing machine or washing bucket is clean. Dirty appliances can often affect how clean our laundry comes out, so if a garment is white, it will show up even more. In order to maintain its good condition, remember to clean your washing machine every now and again.

Don’t Forget

Always read the care label on your clothes – and check the dosing instructions on your laundry detergent, too!

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How to Get Stains Out of White Clothes?

As well as knowing how to wash whites, the most common problem with work clothes is getting rid of stains on the cuffs and collars! Usually caused by sweat, dirt, make-up, or perfume, these stains can usually be removed by pre-treating the area before the wash.

To do so, simply apply a small amount of Surf Handwash Powder Detergent to the affected area. Then, wash in the machine or with hands as normal in a way that is best suited to the fabric. If the stain is still visible, you could try soaking the item in diluted dishwashing soap – this type of product is designed to get out grease and oil, which is usually the cause of yellowing stains.

There you have it – just a few tips on how to wash white clothes, helping you to keep your work clothes in good condition during the summer months and beyond!

  • Separate colours to prevent dye from transferring.

  • Use a liquid concentrate specially formulated to keep whites white and bright clothes dazzlingly bright.

  • Pre-treat stains on cuffs and collars before washing as usual.

Find more laundry care tips here.

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