How to Wash White Clothes: Getting Your White Clothes Whiter!
When it comes to laundry, we all know that stained, dull and worn-out clothes never make a good impression. This is particularly true of washing white clothes, which can be especially difficult to keep bright! All it takes is one of the kids coming home with chocolate on their shirt, or the hubby sweating all over his business shirt, to be driven absolutely bonkers and considering the trash can over the stain removal rigmarole. Who can blame us? White clothes just never seem to want to stay white for very long.
Tricky, tricky whites
Washing white clothes can be a tricky business. If you don’t wash them just right, you risk losing brightness or, worse yet, turning every color other than white (everyone’s familiar with that red sock!).
The key to washing your whites – and keeping them white – is a cold water fill. Stains get set into the fabric when they are heated, so starting off with a cold water fill can lift even the toughest stains out of your whites! Say goodbye to grass, blood and red wine stains! Follow up the cold water fill with a hot main wash cycle and you are good to go!
Keeping your whites looking clean is simple enough. Getting them whiter than white, though – now, that’s really tricky!
Avoiding bleach while getting your whites whiter
One of the most common, and toxic, methods of washing white clothes is to use bleach. Bleach is known to cause certain health issues, has the potential for harmful chemical reactions, releasing toxins into the air and water, and is dangerous to pets, kids, and the environment.
The good news is that there are many alternatives to using bleach.
- Baking Soda: adding half a cup of baking soda to your wash will keep the sweat stains away. Just get the washer started, add your detergent, and then add your baking soda to the pre-wash section of your detergent compartment. What’s more, baking soda is not the only natural whitening agent out there.
- Borax: can be used for both whites and colors, and it keeps your laundry nice and bright (bonus – it also makes for a great non-abrasive, all-natural household cleaner, and can be used in certain pest-control methods).
- Precise Temperature Control: Certain washers, including all family-sized washers from ASKO, can guarantee exact water temperature during the main wash cycle up to 205°. Combine this with the cold water fill in the prewash cycle and not only are your whites whiter, but your colors are brighter, too!
Here are some other ways you can get your whites whiter than snow!
- Do you have really soiled socks? Soak them in super-hot water and two tablespoons of automatic dishwashing detergent for about thirty minutes, or overnight if they’re really bad. Then wash them as usual. If you would prefer to go all natural, use ½ cup of lemon juice in place of the dishwasher detergent.
- Do you have a whole load of whites to do? Run the cold water in your washer, add some detergent, then add ½ cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Let it run as usual.
- Touching them up with a stain treatment before washing can help prevent, or get rid of, yellow stains caused by sweat.
Important things to remember
Before you try these methods when washing white clothes, make sure to remember that stained white clothing should be treated for stains immediately and, unless indicated, always use cold water to treat them, as hot water will make the stain set faster. Hot water should only be used on clothes that are dingy or have been stained for a long time.
The ASKO difference
But what is great white washing without the right equipment? Hopefully, you have an high-efficient ASKO washing machine to help you make your white clothes sparkle with their cold water fill and precise temperature controls. If you don’t, now is a great time to take a look at www.askousa.com to see why ASKO front-load washing machines are the difference between just clean and truly clean clothes. And follow these helpful tips for white clothes that shine.