Everyone loves the timeless and classic combination of a simple white T-shirt and jeans. And because white never goes out of style, white polos and blouses are fashion staples everyone should have in their wardrobe.
But as wonderful and as versatile as they are, white clothes also present a challenge not only to those who wear them but also to those who are tasked to wash these items. Even the smallest of stains are visible on white fabric.
If you want to make sure your favorite white tops will look as new and as white as the day you first put them on, follow these tips:
1. SORT YOUR LAUNDRY.
Never wash your whites with colored clothes. Sorting dirty laundry isn't the most enjoyable of tasks, but it's not that difficult to do. A little effort will go a long way to make sure your favorite white shirt doesn't come out with dye stains.
2. DON'T LET DIRT REMAIN ON YOUR CLOTHES FOR TOO LONG.
If your white shirt or blouse gets dirty or muddy, wash it immediately. Pre-treat dirty clothes by soaking them in water with laundry powder to help remove the stains. It'll be more difficult to remove grime on your clothes when the dirt particles have become more embedded in the fabric fibers.
3. ASK OR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU REMOVE ANY STAIN.
There is no one-solution-fits-all when it comes to stains on your clothes, especially whites. Removing stains will depend on the type of fabric your clothes are made of, so you should do your research. There are stains from rust or paint that may require professional help. For the not-too-serious splotches, you can pre-treat it with a detergent solution. Get a washcloth, dip it in the solution, and dab on the spot. Just be careful not to spread the stain.
4. DON'T GO TO EXTREMES.
When it comes to washing whites, some people either don't use enough detergent, which causes clothes to turn yellow from leftover stains, or they use a bleaching agent that's too harsh, which causes clothes to break or fall apart. Try using a detergent like Surf Powder with FabCon. It helps get rid of dirt and grime that stick to your clothes, while the fabric conditioner helps maintain the clothes' whiteness.
That said, the best way to keep white clothes pristinely white is through patience, immediate attention, and the right detergent. If you stick to this formula, your whites will keep looking like new even if you've been wearing them for years.