Most white garments become dingy over time. However, you may take steps to brighten your whites to restore their former whiteness.Continue Reading
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.
To remove pink coloring from clothing, mix an ammonia solution and submerge the garments before laundering with vinegar added. If the pink coloring persists, soak the garments in oxygen-based bleach at eight-hour intervals until the color is faded.Full Answer >
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 >
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 >
Polyester garments do not shrink in the dryer. They do, however, produce static and may permanently wrinkle in the dryer due to high heat levels. Therefore, it is best to dry polyester garments in low heat cycles.Full Answer >