Could there be a more organised sight than a row of freshly laundered white shirts hanging in your wardrobe? But the reality is that they often don’t look white and even if you resort to the local laundry to achieve a good finish, do they stay really white for long?
At Neatsmith we like to think we are continually addressing all your wardrobe issues, so here’s a rundown of the tips of the trade to keep white shirts looking like new.
1. Getting rid of fluff
White clothes tend to pick up fluff and colour from coloured clothes so always wash separately.
2. Hot water
Wash whites of the same fabric content together so you can choose the wash as hot as suits the fabric – a hot wash really helps whites.
3. Pre-treat stains
Pre-treat stains otherwise they set into the garment and remain. Use clear shampoo or a liquid handwash detergent and work away at the stain with a new toothbrush (avoid spreading the stain outwards). Then soak in a bowl of hot water to loosen the stain before washing in the machine.
4. Give them room to breathe
Don’t overload you washing machine when washing whites. You want them to have plenty of room to be cleaned well by the water and detergent.
5. Home remedies
Add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to the wash in the detergent tray or 1 cup of washing soda or ½ cup of borax into the drum but not the detergent tray ( a good chemist sells washing soda and borax).
6. Whiter and brighter
Colour remove products together with whitener and brightener sachets work well on whites, but none of them will if you have hard water. So, if this is the case, add a water softening agent to your wash to help the brightening products perform better.
7. Ultra violet light
There is nothing like ultra violet light to help brighten whites, so in the summer hang out shirts to dry in the sunshine for a great natural remedy.