How to Wash White Clothes in a Laundry Machine
Washing white clothes can be a tricky business, making it important to get it right. If you’ve been struggling with treating your dirty and stained white garments, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’ll show you how to wash white clothes in the washing machine to ensure you get the best results every time.
We’ll go over some of the best laundry detergents, cleaning products and techniques to ensure your white clothes stay as crisp, bright and white as possible. So, if you’re finally ready to learn how to keep your whites looking their best, keep reading.
Before starting any wash cycle, it’s important to select the right laundry detergent for your whites. Use a detergent that has enhanced whitening and brightening agents, as these will help keep whites looking their best. Always check the clothing tag to make sure the detergent you are using is safe for use with fabric.
If your whites are badly stained, pre-treat them before placing them in the washing machine by soaking them in water with a laundry stain remover or rubbing with a paste of equal parts water and baking soda or borax. This will help remove stubborn stains without damaging fabrics.
After pre-treating any stains, carefully load the whites into your washing machine making sure to keep the darks and colors in a separate wash.
Begin the Wash Cycle
Before turning on your washing machine, adjust the temperature setting of your washer according to the clothing label instructions. Warm or cold water is perfectly adequate for most white loads. You should avoid washing your whites in hot water whenever possible as this could damage delicate fibers or cause fading and discoloration over time.
Once you’ve selected your water temperature, choose a specific cycle for whites such as “Bright Whites” or “Heavy Soil” depending on how soiled they are and the type of fabrics being laundered (i.e., cotton vs silk).
Now that you’ve adjusted both your desired water temperature and cycle setting, add 2 tablespoons (give or take) of detergent directly into the detergent compartment (or directly on the drum if you have an older washing machine) and close the lid before turning it on. Keep in mind that adding detergent after clothes are already in the washing machine can cause uneven cleansing and possibly damage clothing fibers.
Finishing up the Wash Cycle
To ensure all of your whites come out of the washer not just clean but also dry, inspect each item carefully before transferring them to your towel-drying rack or clothesline if air drying is preferred over gentle tumble drying.
Caring for Your White Clothes
Instead of using bleach or harsh chemicals when laundering whites at home, opt instead for natural alternatives such as lemon juice mixed with water or even vinegar mixed with baking soda. Avoid machine drying when possible as this might cause shrinkage or damage to some items. Instead, opt to air dry or use low heat settings whenever possible. This is especially important for very delicate materials like silk.
Washing white clothes in a laundry machine doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following these steps you can ensure your whites stay clean and bright with minimal risk of discoloration or damage. With the right products, techniques and care, you can easily keep your whites looking like new for much longer.