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What's the best way to keep your whites white?

Mine are getting a grayish tinge. I don't like bleach because I think it breaks down clothing too fast. Vinegar?

by Anonymousreply 2201/11/2021

I add bluing to whites. You must be very careful with bluing, though. Dilute, dilute, dilute! as Dr. Bronner would write.

by Anonymousreply 101/10/2021

Don't intermarry?

by Anonymousreply 201/10/2021

I use OxiClean White Revive (Powder or Liquid).

by Anonymousreply 301/10/2021

Sorry, folks. Not intending to be racist -Just that it was such an easy, cheap shot.


by Anonymousreply 401/10/2021

Bleach. That is, in the long run, the only way to keep white fabrics whiter-than-white and also the best way to get out many stains. What are you bleaching that's breaking down so fast? Fabrics for daily use are expected to wear out, not last forever.

If you want your sheets, towels and napkins to last forever, either don't buy white or buy enough that you don't have to use them often. If you have beautiful heirloom white napkins and tablecloths, don't use them too often, wash as needed, and bleach rarely.

by Anonymousreply 501/10/2021

Keep them hermetically sealed in plastic and never use them.

by Anonymousreply 601/10/2021

My grandma does that with her living room furniture R6. It all looks just like the day it was delivered.

by Anonymousreply 701/10/2021

[quote]What's the best way to keep your whites white?

Separate drinking fountains.

by Anonymousreply 801/10/2021

The only reason they would be getting a "grayish tinge" is if you're washing them with colors. Are you separating your laundry properly?

by Anonymousreply 901/10/2021

The only reason they would be getting a "grayish tinge" is if you're washing them with colors. Are you separating your laundry properly?

by Anonymousreply 1001/10/2021

Oxygen-based bleach doesn’t break down fabric like chlorine bleach.

by Anonymousreply 1101/10/2021

R10 I've read that whites can take on a gray or yellow tinge over time, if there are certain minerals in your water (calcium, magnesium) that are interacting with the chemicals in the laundry detergent you're using. .. Similarly, whites can also take on a faint pink-orange tinge, if you use chlorine bleach, and there's a certain level of iron in your water. I learned that one the hard way TWICE... lol!

by Anonymousreply 1201/10/2021

I just learned you can use Oxiclean for pots/pans that have baked on gunk. So new use for a laundry product that gets the whites white better than chlorine bleach.

by Anonymousreply 1301/10/2021

A cup full of jizz.

by Anonymousreply 1401/10/2021

I would use the Oxiclean powder but I would dissolve it in hot water first and then add it to my washing machine. It worked wonders with my white shirts.

by Anonymousreply 1501/10/2021

Try Borax.

by Anonymousreply 1601/10/2021

In New Zealand we have a product called Napisan that does wonders for keeping things white. I’m sure it will exist under another name in the USA.

by Anonymousreply 1701/10/2021

Vote Trump, I guess.

by Anonymousreply 1801/11/2021

Rit, the company that makes fabric dye has a product that whitens whites. I've used it successfully a few times.

by Anonymousreply 1901/11/2021

Oxygen bleach in the drum, a bit of chlorine bleach with the detergent in the dispenser. Baking soda to boost. Dry in bright sunshine outside. Whiter than a Trump rally.

by Anonymousreply 2001/11/2021

Ancient Chinese secret!

by Anonymousreply 2101/11/2021

I do the following to brighten whites. I put in detergent, borax, oxi-clean (1 scoop) or Ecover or Seventh Generation all-fabric non-chlorine bleach (1/2 cup). Hot water, and the whites. I let them agitate for 5 minutes, then stop the washer and let them soak for several hours or overnight. Then I complete the wash and rinse cycle.

by Anonymousreply 2201/11/2021
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