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YoureBeingASillyBilly Sun 12-Jan-14 22:39:48

I am sorry in advance- i know this has been done countless times and i wish i had saved all the threads but i havent so i need help.

Could some washing genius please tell me step by step how to either revive the ones i have and keep them sparkly white or how to keep the ones i'm going to have to go and buy like new.

<should have picked a different school>

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 17-Jan-14 14:58:22

I use a scoop of Vanish in the white wash and that's it. Ours stay looking pretty good for a term and then I ditch the three worst ones and buy a new pack.

You can spend more on lotions and potions and hot water trying to get them clean than you do on a new pack of shirts.

Iris sorry but I can't stand grey whites. It looks slovenly and I'm can't help myself judging.

YoureBeingASillyBilly Fri 17-Jan-14 14:52:59

Thank you all- it seems this is a universal problem. Will the actilift and extra powder. Failing that just new tshirts every so often.

Idespair Fri 17-Jan-14 13:33:44


Idespair Fri 17-Jan-14 13:33:32

Oh and you must never out anything remotely non white in a white wash.

Idespair Fri 17-Jan-14 13:32:58

As soon as you see the stain, you put Ariel Actilift liquid directly onto the stain. Then wash. It won't come out if the liquid is just generally in the wash, I find you must put it straight into the stain ASAP after staining. There are some things impossible to get out, ds has a streak of green pen (not sure what sort, done at school) across one if his polos but I just kept it anyway.

hiddenhome Fri 17-Jan-14 13:22:21

I buy white, cotton shirts instead.

White polo tops look like dishrags about about two weeks.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 17-Jan-14 08:28:50

Use twice the amount of detergent. Eg I use three tablespoons of powder for a coloured towels wash but 6 for whites because otherwise all the dirt isn't quite lifted out and it settles back in the fabric.

I have white towels and sheets that haven't gone grey.

Bakingnovice Thu 16-Jan-14 08:58:41

I've tried everything. Bleaching (which I hate doing to kids clothes) makes them go a funny grey yellowy shade. Washing with whites does nothing. Washing with stain remover/ washing up liquid at 95 degrees just shrinks them. You have to just buy new once a month. I feel terrible but I was sent to school scruffy and its become an issue eith me. I don't want that for my kids.

In fact, has anyone noticed that whites washed in washing machines these days are never properly white? I always wash my white bedding on a hot white wash and they don't come out sparkling white. I wonder if its because of these new Eco machines.

Rooners Wed 15-Jan-14 08:01:49

Gobbin I think most of us understand the purpose of a washing machine...

Iris is saying that the stains don't matter

But when you have a school that criticises the children for looking scruffy and sends them home in tears - then you feel caught between a rock and a hard place.

BikeRunSki Wed 15-Jan-14 07:07:13

Stained ones go for a soak on Vanish. All whites hi in a seperate laundry basket and washed by themselves with some Vanish on Fridays after school. Seems to have wielded ok so far, but it has only been a term. I bought white expensive shirts (Next) to start with. I wonder if they stand up to harsher laundering than cheaper ones.

gobbin Wed 15-Jan-14 06:59:34

Woah! I agree with Iris too much time and effort going into this! Buy cheap, buy lots or use Vanish on the stains as soon as they get through the door with a appropriate cycle on the machine - that is what the washing machine is for.

Rooners Tue 14-Jan-14 11:27:35

Oh this drives me nuts.

We had lovely, pleasant, light blue ones till about 3 years ago when someone's stupid idea meant they changed to white.

With the blue, though they still got as dirty and still had stains on, the colour was the same tone as much of the dirt so it camouflaged it.

They always looked nice in blue.

Now I have to buy new shirts every bloody term. It's such a con and so stupid. No common sense.

BankWadger Mon 13-Jan-14 20:42:34

I refuse to keep buying new shirts every few weeks, so my DS is doomed to having clean, but marked shirts. Maybe he'll learn not to draw all over himself (hmm not likely!)

littone Mon 13-Jan-14 11:29:26

I soak in napisan overnight and then wash at 40 in cottons stains setting on my machine. If still,stained go on washing line until sun bleaches out...stay out in rain or shine, it may take a couple of days.

fedup21 Mon 13-Jan-14 11:21:37

I have never found sunshine gets tomato-based stains out! I have read that on here lots but it has never worked on any white tips here! It might have faded them slightly but they were still v obvious.

notapizzaeater Sun 12-Jan-14 23:47:50

Red saucy stains will come out by hanging outside straight out of washer, in winter sun might take a couple of days, in the summer a couple of hours.

Not found anything to get whiteboard marker off ....

notso Sun 12-Jan-14 23:44:46

Thankfully DS1's school makes them keep them on unless it is really hot.
Really though no-one at school cares. i stopped buying the logo t-shirts after the first day of term last year and he came home with pasta sauce all over the front and grass stains all over the back.
I have one logo one for summer school trips and the rest are 75p Tesco value.

YoureBeingASillyBilly Sun 12-Jan-14 23:36:26

My two wont keep their jumpers on! I wish they would. Ds1 will saunter out of afterschool club at 5pm in the middle of winter with no coat or jumper on!

racmun Sun 12-Jan-14 23:34:47

What annoys me is that they've gone bobbly!

Ds' have the school logo on them at £12 they're not disposable. Only ever wash them with whites and i wash everything with Aeriel stain remover - they do one especially for whites and you can soak them too it seems to have lifted all stains so far. The sun (if it ever comes out) is also good

I also iron them and starch the collars which I think helps them look a bit smarter.

YoureBeingASillyBilly Sun 12-Jan-14 23:34:40

Well i dont really need them sparkling but the stains look awful and as if it hasnt been washed which i would rather not have. Less than brilliant white is fine. Red saucy stains, paint, food stains are not.

notso Sun 12-Jan-14 23:33:50

Finally Iris someone like me. DS wears his jumper most of the time so it doesn't matter then. In the summer even if he goes in with a brand spanking new one I can guarantee it won't stay like that past first break when he rolls around on the field.
Life's too short to faff around bleaching a polo shirt for and hour and a halts cleanliness!

ravenAK Sun 12-Jan-14 23:31:24

Buy cheap & regularly, & don't lose sleep over whether they sparkle or not.

If you have the option, polycotton 'proper' school shirts seem to wash more successfully.

(Although then they should really be ironed, & bollocks to that, frankly. My kids are doomed to scruffiness.)

IrisWildthyme Sun 12-Jan-14 23:27:16

Sorry of this is heresy or something, but I don't get why it should be an issue that the white polo shirts are not sparkly-white and new looking.

So long as the one worn on school-photos-day is fresh out of the £5-for-3 packet, it really doesn't bother me that the rest of the time they are in somewhat tired-looking off-white shirts that have clearly been washed with items of other colours and without bleach - who is being harmed by the lack-of-brilliant-whiteness?

YoureBeingASillyBilly Sun 12-Jan-14 22:59:21

I only buy cheap ones anyway grin

Will try soaking in bleach before chucking them.

Hassled Sun 12-Jan-14 22:56:23

Soaking overnight in bleach helps. Eventually I did end up treating them as almost disposable, which is awful of me, I know.

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