Have you ever experienced that unpleasant moment of surprise when taking out your white laundry from the washing machine; a moment when you’ve realized that the stain on your white blouse is still there, or even worse, a moment when you’ve realized that somehow a red sock happened to find its way to your white laundry pile and turned all your white clothes pink?
If your answer is no, then you are among the few lucky persons who didn’t have the pleasure to experience what stains and colored clothing can do to your white clothes. For those of you who are familiar with how washing your white cloths can be tricky, here are some tips on how to wash your white laundry and keep your white clothes white.
Wash White Clothes Separately
The first and the most fundamental rule of washing your white clothes is to wash your white clothes separately. Sometimes, in order to finish washing their laundry as quickly as possible, people tend to wash both their white and colored clothes together. On the one hand, washing all your laundry together may seem like a great way to save both your time and money, but on the other hand, you can ruin your white clothes and have to buy new ones, which isn’t economical at all.
So, the next time you decide to wash your white clothes, be sure to wash all your whites separately, even if the white laundry pile is small, or you have to load the washing machine twice. The moment you take out your washed bright white laundry from the washing machine, you will realize that your efforts have paid off.
Read the Care Label on Clothing
Another important part of washing your whites is checking the care tags on clothes. By doing this, you will find out at what temperature you can wash the clothes, as well as if that particular piece of clothing should be hand-washed rather than put into the washing machine.
Deal with Stains
When it comes to dealing with stains on your white clothes, the best way to get rid of any food or drink stains, as well as underarm stains, is pre-treating. Namely, before you throw your stained white clothes into the washing machine, use a liquid detergent or some kind of detergent paste to pre-treat the stains.
What about Bleach?
You can use bleach to make your whites as white as possible, as long as you do it the right way. Firstly, you should check the care label on clothing to find out if you can bleach the clothes or not. Secondly, if there are no warnings about the use of bleach, make sure to use chlorine bleach, since it’s great for making your white linen and cotton clothes whiter.
Tricks for Keeping Your White Clothes White
Besides using bleach, you can use many homemade solutions that will keep your white clothes white. Adding half a cup of natural whitening agents, like baking soda or white distilled vinegar to your wash, will not only keep your white clothes white, but it will help you get rid of the stains as well.