White clothes are so striking, especially against tan and sun-kissed skin during the summer. Beyond the fashion and color coordination, clean, white garments are effortlessly stylish simply because they’re white. These striking clothes are notoriously hard to keep white though and we often reach for a white shirt only to find stains, yellowing, and other disappointing discolorations that can ruin the whole look.
If your white clothes have slowly moved further and further into the back of your wardrobe, don’t worry! We’re here to help brighten your whites and restore them to their striking appearance once again. Keep reading to find out how to rescue your white clothing.
What Temperature to Wash White Clothes
When you are going to be washing heavier white fabrics like sheets, towels, and thick blankets, you’ll want to use a hot water cycle. For just about everything else, you’re going to want to stick to warm or cool water, depending on how delicate the fabric is. We always suggest that you check your garment’s laundry care tag to find the best washing practices.
How Can I Get My White Clothes White Again?
Thankfully, there are tons of ways to make your white clothes strikingly bright again. These can range from spot treatments to deep-cleaning power washes. Here are some of our best-recommended techniques for bringing out and maintaining the white in your clothes.
How to Wash White Clothes
Wash Regular Whites
Its time to talk about how to properly wash your shirts, pants, jackets, sweaters, and any other day-to-day clothes. (Don’t worry we’ll get to towels, sheets, socks, and delicates later.)
Here are some basic steps to washing white clothes:
✨ Start by using either a stain remover, chlorine-free bleach, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide to pre-treat stains before washing. Gently rub the solution into the stain and give it a few minutes to loosen and lift any stains before washing the garment.
✨ Most regular white clothes can tolerate warm water washes, but not hot water. Check your garments’ care tags and set the wash temperature to one your entire load can tolerate. When in doubt, opt for a warm or cold water wash.
✨ For light wear and grime, your regular detergent will get the job done, but if you’re dealing with particularly worn whites, add a laundry booster or use a stain-releasing detergent instead.
After the wash cycle has finished, check if any clothes are still stained, and if you spot any remaining stubborn stains, spot-treat them, then wash those garments again.
Wash White Towels, Sheets, and Socks
Thicker and more heavy-duty laundry can generally handle higher heat than most regular clothes. You’ll still want to check their care tags to be safe, but you can generally wash these items as you would your regular white clothes but in a higher temperature cycle.
Wash Delicate Whites
Delicate whites require a bit more care than your regular laundry. Before washing delicate fabrics, check the care tags to see if your delicates must be hand washed. If you can machine wash them, you should stick to a cold water gentle cycle. If your delicates have buttons, hooks, or straps, remember to use a mesh laundry bag to protect them from snags and other damage.
Machine Drying Regular White Clothes
Drying white clothes is an often-overlooked, but crucial, part of making sure the final product is in great shape. Over-drying can actually cause some of those stubborn stains and yellowing, and that’s the last thing you want after all that hard work washing them. So here are a few tips for properly machine-drying your white laundry:
✨ When you’re machine-drying white clothes, it’s important to only use low-heat and delicate settings. High heat can cause stains and dirt to set in and discolor even more, and excessive heat can actually scorch your whites.
✨ Set your drying cycle for less amount of time than usual and remove the whites before they are completely dry. Removing them while they’re still slightly damp helps prevent over-drying as well as any stubborn stains and discoloration.
✨ To finish drying your white clothes, hang or lay them flat to dry. This gentle finish helps prevent any discoloration and saves some energy too!
Unravel more secrets on how to keep your white clothes white! Check out this video and recreate it on your next laundry session.
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