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Sun Sep 11, 2005 1:53 pm      Reply with quote
Does anyone know if it's possible to prevent whites from turning dingy or yellowing? I don't really like to use bleach, if anything I feel they promote yellowing.
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Sun Sep 11, 2005 2:32 pm      Reply with quote
I use oxyclean that walmart carrier in large buckets. Once in a while I dump my whites in the laundry sink and let them soak and it works wonders.

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Mon Sep 12, 2005 12:20 am      Reply with quote
I love wearing white in the summer, looks so fresh and feels cooler on the skin too. So I am familiar with the dinginess problem. A while back I read a Real Simple magazine article that advised washing whites right after wearing. Since I don't have a washer in my apartment and don't like going down to the building laundry room, most nights I wash my whites by hand, skip softener and then airdry them. Then when I do my weekly laundry I put the whites through another wash, this time with softener in the last rinse, then spin dry. Its working, my whites really are whiter!

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Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:05 am      Reply with quote
I second the oxyclean, I made a 2 year old white cardigan look like new Wink

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Mon Sep 12, 2005 5:30 am      Reply with quote
Periodically I use a bluing agent in the final rinse which makes the yellowing appear white again. Works beautifully.

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Tue Sep 13, 2005 6:16 am      Reply with quote
I also use oxyclean. My mom used to use bluing but I haven't noticed it in the stores recently, maybe in a pharmacy?
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Tue Sep 13, 2005 4:14 pm      Reply with quote
All the supermarkets in my area carry bluing. Just be careful to dilute before adding to the final rinse otherwise it will stain.

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Tue Sep 13, 2005 6:06 pm      Reply with quote
My Mother had the "whitest" of whites. The dryer does a number on cloth. If you really want your linens and cloths to stay white hang them out to dry. If you leave them out over night that is an added bonus.

Must admit I take the easy way and rarely hang out cloths except for my sheets. Nothing is better then getting into bed with the smell of sheets right off the line. Drool

Oxyclean is a great product. Smile
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Tue Sep 13, 2005 6:28 pm      Reply with quote
Third for the Oxyclean! An over night soak in it, will turn your whites super white! OR hang your whites on a line on a sunny day; the sun bleaches too! (I knew the sun was good for something!)
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Wed Sep 14, 2005 4:33 am      Reply with quote
I like the Oxyclean too. Another thing I do is add a SMALL amount of hydrogen peroxide to the wash. Works great!

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Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:24 am      Reply with quote
Well, now that we know that line-drying and Oxyclean are the secret to whiter whites, now we need to start a topic on how to keep your blacks/darks staying that way. Even worse than yellowed whites are black clothes that have faded to grey!

This won’t help return my favorite black jeans to their former glory, but I have since learned that adding a cup of white vinegar to your washload, along with your detergent, helps *all* colorfast clothing from losing their color! And there’s another bonus: vinegar helps release those seriously ground-in odors (one whiff of the underarms of my son’s T-shirts could fell in elephant at 50 paces!!) so your laundry smell fresh and clean. No wonder vinegar is one of my all-time favorite beauty and/or household secret!!

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Fri Sep 16, 2005 9:40 pm      Reply with quote
Yes carekate, totally agree on the vinegar!! I use it all the time, mostly in the final rinse of clothes. I use this instead of softener. And theres no vinegar smell afterwards; just a nice fresh neutral scent.
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Sun Sep 18, 2005 3:40 pm      Reply with quote
I use a bar laundry soap called Fels-Naptha. It has been around for 100 years. I get it at the grocery stores here in the USA.

You can not believe how white it gets my childrens socks. It works for all types of pre-spot treating. The only downside is that it is a bar of soap and I have to kind of rub it over your clothes before you wash, and then I just throw it in the washer with my whites. It hardly shrinks the soap at all.
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