How to Wash & Remove Stains From All Your Whites.

10 Aug
How to attack serious stains on all your whites.
I’ve always been a huge fan of white!!  If I wasn’t so paranoid about getting it dirty, I’d wear white all the time!
  • Makeup-Lift oily cosmetics such as lipstick and foundation by laying your shirts (stain down) on a wash cloth and pushing mild dish washing soap into the fabric with another wash cloth.  Repeat, using a clean section of cloth, until makeup no longer transfers.  Rinse with wasrm water, pre-treat any remaining spots and launder.

  • Perspiration- Those yellow tinged underarm stains are usually caused by a combination of sweat and antiperspirants.  Salvage shirts by soaking them in 3 gallons water plus 1 once enzyme-based detergent like Tide Total Care or Clorox Ultimate Care before washing in the hottest waster permitted by the care label.  Add bleach, if allowed.
  • Dark dye (rub-off)- Submerge items in a bath of Rit Color Remover ($3; amazon.com), then wash.  Note: Rit Color Remover removes ALL dye, so it’s only for white garments.  You can immerse any bleach-safe garment for up to five minutes in a solution of 1/4 cup bleach per gallon of water.  Follow by washing in hot water with regular detergent and 3/4 cup bleach.

  • Food spills- Prompt washing with regular detergent will clear up most food-and drink-related spots.  For best results, pre-treat the area with a stain remover, than launder with detergent and fabric-safe bleach in the hottest temperature allowed on the care tag.  Always blot liquids with a white cloth.  Work from the outside in so you don’t spread the stain.
  • Soap and detergent residue- Add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to a large pot of water.  The acid in vinegar will not harm your clothes.  Bring the water to a boil, then drop the clothes in.   Soak the clothes overnight, then wash as normal.  You may notice a slight vinegar scent while the clothes are still wet, but that will fade once they are dry.

Although clothing stains can be very stubborn, they can almost always be removed if dealt with promptly and properly.  First, act quickly.  The sooner you get to the stain, the more likely you are to get it out.

Go ahead and rock your white clothes while summer is still here!

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