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There is nothing more classic yet fashionable than a simple white tee. Essential for every budget fashionistas wardrobe. But then if the parents have cut you of laundry-wise, you’re going to have to clean that thing. Forget stains, forget ironing, forget separating lights from darks the real tricky thing is how do you keep your whites white over time? We have the answer. Here are some few tips and tricks to keep your white clothes whiter longer and to save them when they go a little grey.
There is nothing whites like more than a good soak. Think cricket trousers, if you’ve ever played or had a sibling who did come Sunday night there was always a laundry tub full of white soaking. You’ll need a whites based detergent, and if it’s really bad, you can use something that is bleach based (for all white whites only). Stick with the less harsh powders if you plan to soak regularly, it does break down the fabric too.
Like I mentioned above in soaking, there’s powders, detergents and concentrates that do all these things and more. This was always my least favourite thing to have to deal with, choosing which detergent. And if it says super white, is it whites only? Can a colour base one still work? Well, the answers to those are maybe and yes but to save you more questions, try this one, it works for us. And no they didn’t pay us to say that, it’s what we actually think.
That’s right; you do have to do that whole separate the colours thing in the first place. Siiiigh. The bane of my existence. Separating whites from blacks and colours. Sigh. It’s a pain in the butt but it’s the only way to keep your white clothes whiter longer. If you can’t make an entire load do a small load on a low water setting.
Now this strategy might be an old wives tale but the rumour is that the sun takes some of the discoloration out of the item. I’m not sure if you’d need to leave it there for a week to see results but worth a try. Actually I don’t know if that’s the way to go about it, maybe don’t leave your clothes out on the line, that’s bad for them too. Plus bonus, save on the electricity bill by not using the dryer.
As part of the separates policy, your white and your colours wouldn’t be meeting. But say you don’t always do that (who does?) then make sure you don’t drop anything white in with items on their first ever wash. Clothes on their first wash can release a bit of colour into the mix and this will be baaaad news for your whites. Wash new items separately, or give them a soak with clothes of similar colour before throwing them in with others.
Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.