We all love our washing machines; we pay extra attention when we shop for them and we pay lots of money to own them, as they are a real blessing to have at every home! However, when we have kids and our whites never seem to get white enough regardless of the temperature we choose or the washing detergent we use, then we have a problem!
This is why for today’s post, I’m going to share with you some tips on how to wash your whites and make sure they stay white in just a few simple steps.
Make Sure You Properly Separate Your Colors
Whites should only be washed with whites. Even light colored clothes can transfer colors onto whites so be sure to only wash the whites together (this includes white socks, white linens, white towels, etc.)
Go Easy on the Detergent
Did you know that using too much detergent or fabric softener does more harm than good? When you use too much detergent or fabric softener, they end up creating a kind of coating on the clothes that can actually attract dirt rather than get rid of it.
Soaking your dirty whites overnight in vinegar, baking soda or lemon juice mixed with hot water can do miracles for your keeping whites white and for getting rid of spots and stains.
If you want to use bleach, make sure you only use it on cotton and after reading the care label because some white cottons have a finish that should not be bleached. Also, remember that over bleaching could weaken your fabrics’ fibers.
Dry Whites on Low Heat
If you are using a dryer to dry your whites, make sure the heat is set on low because heat can singe some fabrics, which in turn makes them look yellowish. The best way to keep whites white, however, is to hang them in the bright sun!
Treat Stains with Care
For fresh stains, apply rust remover, flour, salt or commercial stain removers. All of these help in lifting stains while maintaining the white in your whites.
Mix & Match
Finally, you can try adding some vinegar, baking soda or Borax in your washing machine combined with your washing detergent. Not only do they whiten your whites, they deodorize them as well.