White clothes are unfortunately prone to losing their brilliance over time, either as a result of repeated washing or because they’re more susceptible to picking up unsightly and stubborn stains.
However, when you know how to take care of white clothes, it’s easy to keep them spotlessly clean. Whether you want to brighten up a load of whites or shift a troublesome stain, these laundry tips for white clothes will restore your garments to their crisp, clean and brilliant best.
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How to wash white clothes in a washing machine
How to wash white clothes in a washing machine may be a question that’s never crossed your mind. It seems simple, but there are a couple of things worth remembering to prevent damage to your white clothes and ensure they look their best.
- Since colour seepage is a common cause of discolouration, separating whites from darker clothes before washing is crucial. It’s also best to separate delicate white clothing from heavily soiled items, as the dirt will simply transfer to the lighter garments regardless of how much detergent you use.
- What setting to wash white clothes on? Generally hot washes deliver more effective cleaning. However, it’s worth noting that hot water can seal stains in, so a cold wash may actually be more appropriate for stained white garments.
- Likewise, you may want to machine wash delicate white garments on a cold setting. Check the care label if unsure.
How to wash white clothes by hand
What setting to wash white clothes on may not be something you need to consider when hand washing delicate garments. However, you should still sort your laundry as you would for a machine wash. Here’s how to wash white clothes by hand quickly and effectively:
- Check care labels to see whether clothes require a hot or cold wash
- Add the right amount of detergent – we like Surf Hand Washing Powder.
- Allow the detergent to dissolve before adding your clothes
- Immerse your clothes in the water, leaving to soak if heavily stained
- Wash by gently agitating in the solution
- Rinse several times, until the water runs clear
If you have sensitive or damaged skin, wear rubber gloves to avoid your hands coming into contact with the solution.
How to wash white shirts
From work shirts to school uniforms, white shirts see a lot of wear in any family. So, how to wash white shirts to ensure they’re gleaming on the playground and at the office?
In addition to washing on the hottest setting, try adding half a cup of baking powder to the dispenser drawer to prevent staining. You could also leave shirts to dry in the sun, as ultra violet light naturally brightens whites.
How to remove stains from white clothes
When it comes to removing stains from white clothing, time is of the essence – the faster you start treating the stain, the better the end result will be.
You can apply baking powder to the stain, blot white vinegar into the fabric or dab the stain with hydrogen peroxide using a cotton bud (and wearing gloves). Then, wash as normal, either by hand or in the machine. Avoid using bleach on wool, silk, leather, mohair and spandex.
So, there you have it – how to take care of white clothes, from machine washing to hand washing and everything in-between!