How do you wash white clothes?


Quick Answer

Wash white clothes by pretreating stains and then loosely loading them into a clean washing machine. Add oxygen bleach and the normal amount of detergent, and run the wash cycle. Check to make sure all stains have been removed, and then dry the clothing outside on a clothesline if possible.

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  1. Pretreat stains

    Check the clothing over for stained areas, and spray them with a laundry pretreatment product.

  2. Load the washing machine loosely

    Add the clothing to a clean washing machine. Do not overfill the machine.

  3. Add detergent and oxygen bleach

    Follow the package instructions to add the normal amount of laundry detergent and oxygen bleach. Avoid adding too much detergent, which resettles on clothes and attracts dirt, and chlorine bleach, which weakens fabrics.

  4. Run the wash cycle

    Run the normal wash cycle with the hottest water recommended for the fabric.

  5. Check to make sure the stains are gone

    Inspect the stained areas before drying the clothes. If any stains remain, spray the stains with more pretreater and wash the items again. Stains are more difficult to remove after drying the clothing, so be sure the stain is thoroughly removed.

  6. Dry the whites on a clothesline when possible

    Hang the clothing outside to dry on sunny days. Sunlight aids in whitening and brightening the fabric.

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