How to keep clothes white?

(12 Posts)
GingerPCatt Sun 23-Aug-15 13:56:21

I know fascinating topic.
DS starts school soon and has to wear white shirts. He's a mess magnet and I know they will come home dirty. This is why he never wears white smile. Our washer tends to turn whites grayish. What can I do to keep the white shirts as white as possible? I cant afford to replace them just because they're dinghy. Is there a washing powder you can recommend?

Bert2e Sun 23-Aug-15 14:10:09

Only ever wash whites with other whites, never, ever any other colours, wash at at least 60oC and dry them outside on the line as sunlight is fabulous at bleaching whites.

SeaRabbit Sun 23-Aug-15 14:18:52

Better-quality cloth tends to keep its colour/allow stains to wash out, too. So maybe try M&S rather than Primark. Or get some of each & see which wear better.

CMOTDibbler Sun 23-Aug-15 14:24:08

Only wash whites together, not above 40 if they aren't pure cotton, and use biological powder plus some napisan.

BikeRunSki Sun 23-Aug-15 14:39:20

I do a weekly white wash when DS gets in from school on Fridays. (He had enough for one a day). I do all his school shirts and whatever else white needs doing - we have had a seperate whites laundry basket (for everyone) since DS started school. I always wash the whites with Vanush for whites. And I agree with the point about better quality shirts standing up better. DS has had the same white shirts from Next since he started 2 years ago. They wash really well, and stand up to the odd bleaching when really grubby too. He had a couple of supermarket ones too, as spares, which yellowed with far less use.

BikeRunSki Sun 23-Aug-15 14:41:55

And be prepared to lower your standards or replace shirts .... However much you manage to wash out mud, grass stains, baked beans, glue and paint, the day will come when your child comes home with indelible pen on their clothes.

bigkidsdidit Sun 23-Aug-15 14:43:28

I bought one polo for each day and store them up, then wash at 60 with vanish oxy action. And yes, dry outside if possible.

BackforGood Sun 23-Aug-15 14:45:59

Stick them in cold water to soak when he takes them off each day - various spillages and stains will work their way out then, and then, as everyone says, only wash whites with other whites, and at a slightly higher temperature than you might otherwise.
Once they've gone a bit grey, you can soak for a few hours in diluted bleach (a big 'gloop' in a bucket of water), rinse, and wash again.
Also agree with sunlight being a good bleach.

GingerPCatt Sun 23-Aug-15 14:55:09

Thanks for the tips!

rabbit123 Sun 23-Aug-15 18:26:12

your washing machine isn't responsible for turning things grey/dull. It's your washing process that does.

Always seperate your loads - dark coloures, light coloures and whites. There is no need to soak whites, just make sure you wash them on a hot wash (anything above 50 degrees) with a biological or non biological powder, NOT a colour powder or liquid. Bio and non-bio powder contains oxygen bleach which keeps whites white and coloures bright. Liquid's don't. And because it's oxygen bleach and not chlorine bleach, it won't damage the fabric or turn it bright orange.

Liquid detergent is fine for darks but powders are definitely better for whites and anything that is heavily stained or gets a lot of wear like bedsheets or dishcloths.

ProcrastinatorGeneral Mon 24-Aug-15 10:27:15

I'd suggest a regular maintenance wash for your machine too. Sludgy deposits in the pipe work can cause inferior cleaning and unpleasant niffs.

I use half a scoop of vanish gold for whites in every white wash, purely as I'm convincing myself it's going to infuse the shirts with anti-stain attitudegrin

sonata1 Tue 25-Aug-15 22:10:55

I add a cap of Ace to all my washes. It's great at stain removing. Plus you can find it half price in Superdrug (you can also collect your points!) and the pound type shops.

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