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Bleaching school polo shirts

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BagittoGo Fri 07-Apr-17 09:20:23

I'd like to try bleaching some school polo shirts. I want to do it today and all I have to use is toilet bleach and not laundry bleach as recommended by internet.

Has anyone else done this? I'd rather not ruin the shirts as they still fit but hate the grey tones in them iyswim?

wowfudge Sat 08-Apr-17 07:32:33

Soak in a cold solution of bleach. Doesn't have to be very strong. Give them a stir round occasionally wearing rubber gloves. Don't pour undiluted bleach onto them as it weakens the fibres.

zen1 Sat 08-Apr-17 07:35:12

I did this once and the green embroidered school badge went gold! I guess it is fine if they're just plain with no embroidery...

Dandelionflower Sat 08-Apr-17 09:04:46

I soaked plain white polo shirts in cold water with bio washing powder only. I forgot about them for a week or so, then washed as normal. They came out looking new.

tshirtsuntan Sat 08-Apr-17 09:08:38

I have, normal stains came out fine, however, the suntan lotion that goes on coloured changed from a slight greeny/blue stain to bright red streaks! Had to bin them. Soak in cold water/bleach solution for a while, rinse then straight into machine with extra rinse to get rid of it all.

e1y1 Tue 11-Apr-17 18:53:32

What dandellion said - washing POWDER (non eco/colour type) has bleach in it - it is oxygen bleach, not chlorine bleach. But it MUST be powder NOT liquid.

If you want to use chlorine bleach, then the closest you will get in the UK to "laundry" bleach is what we call THIN bleach (the domestos/toilet kind is too thick and also has foaming agents in, which for a washer is a no go).

Bleach in laundry in the US is only so popular because historically they used top loading machines, and these don't heat the water (so the water is only ever as hot as the incoming water temp) so bleach is used for whitening and sanitising, however overall, chorine bleach is not a good thing for clothing or washers (breaks down fibres and eventually, the rubber seals) - just in case you're interested.

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