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I need a whitener for laundry

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faintpositive Fri 24-Jun-11 20:10:07

Some bras n teeshirts are a bit grey now, so what do you use to whiten things up again?

Fifis25StottieCakes Sat 25-Jun-11 01:53:16

I dont think anything gets them back white. I would say glo-white or dye everything black with a dylon.

plupervert Mon 27-Jun-11 16:54:17

I don't think dylon would work for things like bras, as there is too much artificial fibre for the dye to take. However, t-shirts in natural fibres (e.g. cotton) come up a treat. I dyed many of DS's bodysuits navy when he was small, which covered up the big yelllow poo stains! The only caverat here, again, is that the stitching at the neck and cuffs is still going to be white, as polyester thread is used. Therefore a light colour would be best, unless you like the "statement" constrast stitching (with the aforemeantioned navy baby bodysuits, the contrasting stitching looked quite denimy and appealing!).

ThePrincessRoyalFiggyrolls Mon 27-Jun-11 16:56:38

Two Options.

You can try soaking in Nappisan

or do as my mum says and soak in cold tea and make them flesh coloured. Sometimes it works although am not a huge fan myself!

perfumedlife Tue 28-Jun-11 00:52:25

My aunt advised me to put an asprin in the drawer along with the detergent and it worked a treat! Am not getting funny looks for buying asprin in bulk though.

schroeder Tue 28-Jun-11 21:39:49

you can buy underwear whitener: here

I haven't tried it though, so cannot vouch for how well it works.

midoriway Wed 29-Jun-11 10:39:47

Napisan, Napisan, Napisan.

tak1ngchances Wed 29-Jun-11 16:53:48

White clothes turn grey for two reasons:
Firstly, because clothing manufacturers put shedloads of fluorescer on them. Fluorescer is what makes white clothes glow under UV lights in nightclubs etc. It makes white things look lovely and brilliant and glowing white in shops and so we buy them thinking they are a lovely snowy white. However, when you start washing clothes, the fluorescer washes away too and the clothes look grey.
The second cause of greying is low-level dye transfer from other items in the wash. If you want your whites to stay white then you have to make sure you sort into loads whereby you are washing pure white things together only. Not hugely practical, I know, but... prevention may be better than cure.

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