Most white garments become dingy over time. However, you may take steps to brighten your whites to restore their former whiteness.Know More
Mix a solution of warm water and an oxygen-based bleach, such as OxiClean, Clorox 2 or Tide Stain Release.
Make sure you submerge the garments completely in the solution. Allow the garments to sit overnight.
Wash the clothing as the label instructs but add 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse water. If you prefer, you may add bluing to the wash or rinse water so that the clothes appear brighter. However, you must make sure you follow the instructions on the bottle.
Check the garment to make sure it has properly whitened. If not, you may use a color remover to strip away any color from the clothing. However, avoid using color remover if you have colored trim or decorations on the garment.
Use chlorine bleach on cotton fabrics, if desired. Keep in mind that overusing bleach causes yellowing.
Dry garments outside in the sun if possible so that the ultraviolet rays help brighten the clothing.
Since corduroy comes in a wide variety of colors and prints, Andrea Moore at Threads magazine suggests turning corduroy garments inside out before laundering in cold water to prevent fading and maintain bright colors. She also advises removing the garment from the dryer while it's still slightly damp, hanging it to dry, and straightening the seams to relax wrinkles.Full Answer >
According to Men's Fitness, sweat smells can be removed from laundry by pre-treating the odorous garments with a solution. The solution should consist of 1 ounce of laundry detergent, juice squeezed from a whole lemon and 1/2 gallon of warm water.Full Answer >
Dry-clean-only garments can be cleaned at home by using a dry cleaning kit with clothes and a damp pad in the dryer only, hand washing delicates and laying them out to dry, and by using a portable steamer. Spot cleaners may also help to remove stains.Full Answer >
Most wool garments are hand washed with mild soap, such as a delicate wash or a detergent specifically made for wool. If there is a care label on the garment, follow its specific instructions. Dry cleaning is also an option.Full Answer >