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If you’ve ever spilled red wine on your favorite white shirt, you know how embarrassing it can be. Thankfully, there are some simple steps that can help you remove stains from clothes quickly and easily. In this article, we’ll discuss the best ways to remove stains from white clothing.
Wash whites separately from coloured items
Washing whites separately from coloured items is a good idea when you wash any kind of clothing, really. But if you’re looking to keep your whites white and bright, it’s especially important.
The reason for this is that detergents contain dyes and other chemicals that can transfer onto your whites and leave behind a stain or film on the fabric. And those stains might not come out with just one wash!
So how do you avoid this? You could buy separate detergents for each type of laundry (one for coloureds, one for whites), but that can get expensive fast and who wants to buy two different kinds of laundry soap for two different kinds of clothes? The best thing to do instead is just stick with one kind of detergent when washing both colours and whites together in the same load (but make sure it doesn’t contain any dyes).
Use a stain remover for tough stains
For tougher stains, use a stains out of white clothes. Follow the instructions on the label and be sure to test it on an inconspicuous part of the garment before applying it to your clothing. Be careful not to let the stain remover come into contact with other clothes because they’ll likely get stained as well. Rinse well after using a stain remover so that there are no leftover chemicals in your clothes.
Use vinegar and baking soda to remove fresh stains
You can also use vinegar and baking soda to remove fresh stains. Here’s what you need to do:
- Mix together one tablespoon each of vinegar and baking soda in a small bowl.
- Dip the stained part of the garment into the mixture and rub gently with your fingers for about 30 seconds.
- Rinse well, then wash as normal
Skip the fabric softener
- Don’t use fabric softener. Fabric softeners can leave a residue on your clothes that’s difficult to remove, and they cause a number of problems for your clothing:
- Fabric softener dries out certain fibers, making them stiff or sticky.
- Fabric softener can make clothes feel tacky and less luxurious. This is especially true of 100% cotton fabrics like sweatpants, t-shirts and bath towels you’ll want to avoid using fabric softener with these items at all costs!
- Fabric softener makes yellowing worse by coating the fibers in a thin film that keeps them from absorbing oxygen (which is necessary for whitening). If you’re washing stained sheets or pillowcases with detergent alone without using any additional products, then this isn’t usually an issue since most people don’t wash those items frequently enough for it to make much difference anyway but if you have light-colored linens or towels then this could be an important factor worth considering before doing so!
Try lemon juice and salt for yellowed whites
If the stain is yellow and you need it out right away, try this method:
- Mix equal parts lemon juice and salt. The acidity of the lemon juice will help break down the proteins in your yellowed garment, while the salt can act as an abrasive to help lift those same stains from your garment.
- Rub the mixture into your stained area with a clean cloth or sponge. Let it sit for five minutes or so, then rinse with cold water and dry naturally before wearing again.
Try a DIY bleach alternative
If you have a stubborn stain, try a DIY bleach alternative.
- Mix 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide with 1/4 cup baking soda. Add the two ingredients to an empty spray bottle and shake well until the mixture has thickened into a paste-like consistency. It will look like this:
- Once you’ve mixed up your cleaner, apply it directly to your stained fabric (making sure not to get any on clothing or other surfaces). Let it sit for 15 minutes before washing as usual!
Stain removal is easy when you follow these tips
Stain removal can be a bit of a challenge, especially when you’re dealing with something as ubiquitous as a stain. But no matter how bad the stain is, it can be removed if you know what tools to use and how to use them. Here are some tips that will help you get rid of stains on white clothes:
- First, determine what kind of stain you’re dealing with. This is important because different types require different methods for removal. For example, yellow stains are usually caused by food or drink and should be treated with a separate product than other types of human-made stains (like red wine).
- Next, choose an appropriate cleaning solution based on your chosen method—either cold water or warm water—and then follow its instructions exactly as written in order to ensure maximum effectiveness!
So, you’ve got the stains out, now what? Well, you can go back to wearing your white clothes with pride. Or maybe you could try some of these tips for keeping them new looking for longer!