It’s hard to find the perfect white top, there’s no doubt about it – which is why it’s really disappointing when you realize that your favourite shirt has seen better days. But before you throw it away or give it away, follow the advice of Carolyn Forte, a cleaning expert, on how to use bleach to refresh clothes damaged by washing.
1How to whiten clothes
- Always check the care label before using bleach on clothing. If it says “no bleach”, it means (you guessed it!) that you can’t use bleach to clean your clothes.
- The first time you use bleach on clothing, it is best to do a test in a more hidden place (such as inside a collar or cuff) first to make sure it is safe.
- Once you have determined that it is safe for your item of clothing, run your wash cycle as usual. If you use a fabric-based or oxygen-based bleach, you can add it at the beginning of the cycle according to the manufacturer’s instructions. For liquid bleach, add the amount specified by the manufacturer to the machine’s detergent dispenser five minutes after the cycle.
- Dry your article as usual.