How to get your white clothes back again?
Part 1 of 4: Special Pre-Treatment Soaks
- Try fabric rust remover. Dampen the stain with lukewarm water. Apply fabric rust remover to the stain, using enough to actually soak into the fabric. Scrub the area with a toothbrush to work the product into the fibers more thoroughly, then let it sit for 5 minutes or less. Rinse out the stain remover with lukewarm water.
- This option works especially well on armpit stains. The stains in this area are usually caused by a reaction between sweat and antiperspirant deodorant, and the nasty yellow tint that results is caused by aluminum rather than sweat alone. Rust stain remover takes care of these aluminum-based stains.
- Apply lemon juice. Dab a little lemon juice onto the stain and scrub at it with an old toothbrush for a couple of minutes. Allow the liquid to sit for another 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing.
- Note that you can also do this with distilled white vinegar.
- The acids in both vinegar and lemon juice are mild enough to work without damaging fabrics but harsh enough to dissolve soil and residue left by alkaline substances.
- Rub stains out with salt. As soon as you spill something dark onto a white garment, rub a little salt into the stain. The salt can absorb the moisture from the stain and lift away some of the dye while it is still in its liquid state.
- This treatment only works when the stain is still wet and fresh. It will not help much on dry, set stains.
- Pre-soak in detergent.Combine 1/4 cup (60 ml) laundry detergent or dishwasher detergent with a sink full of water. Submerge your white clothes in this solution and let them soak for 2 hours.
- Shampoo can be used instead of laundry detergent or dishwasher detergent, but if you use it, try to pick a clear and fragrance-free shampoo. The dye from tinted shampoo could stain a white garment and the fragrance oils could do likewise.
- Soak the garment in lemon juice.Fill a large stockpot with water and add the slices of one or two lemons. Bring the contents to a boil over high heat. Turn off the heat, then add your whites, and allow them to soak for an hour in the lemon water.
Make sure that the lemons are cut into slices rather than halves. You want as much of the lemon flesh to be exposed as possible since more of the juice from the inner membranes can seep into the water that way.
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