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How do you keep your whites......... well white?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Dar, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    I just bought a pair of white capris and the matching white jacket... its a really nice outfit bit I am afraid to wear it. I am the biggest slob know to man.. if i am eating something.. I always feed the "girls" directly... I always end up with something on my shirt [​IMG]

    So other then the obvious of pre treating stains .. how do you keep your white clothes white

    I have read that bleach turns them yellow

    hard water turns stuff brown

    washing with other items that tend to be dirty like socks will turn whites grey

    I do have hard water and I cannot install a water softener.. landlord said no.. to much retrofitting to make it work

    My mom said to use borax but thats a powder and apparently not very good for high efficiency washing machines

    I have read about using the hottest water possible

    what else can I do?
  2. Definitely bleach...but not too much of it. I've never had it turn anything yellow. I'm such an eating slob that I just buy cheap shirts/blouses so I can throw them away when they get spots that I can't get out...which is frequently! [​IMG]
  3. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    Me too.... I am the one that will find the spot on the bench that has the only smuched berry on it and have a seat... I am so afraid to wear white but i could not resist this outfit
  4. Gonzo

    Gonzo Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Southwestern, In
    What about that blueing agent that you see in grocery stores? its in a smaller bottle. I've tried that before, and I think it did work. But, like everyone else is saying "small amounts of bleach" My washer has a dispenser that I'm guessing (hoping) waters it down while going in.
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Tide and Tide stain pen. Wash it alone. HE machines use mostly steam to clean so you will not be "wasting" water. The machine can judge the level by the items in it.
  6. txchickie

    txchickie Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    Spray n wash on any stains, then bleach.

    I bleach EVERYTHING that is white, towels, washcloths, underwear, socks, sheets, etc......all of my white laundry stays glowing white.
  7. Wolfwoman

    Wolfwoman Songster

    May 5, 2010
    Chickaloon, Alaska
    Don't have any whites... [​IMG]

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