How to Bleach Clothes White

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How to Bleach Clothes White
Bleaching clothes white is simple with these easy laundry tips. (Clothes image by sakaman from

Everyone has white clothes that aren't white any longer due to stains and dirt. If you have kids or work at a restaurant, you know just how difficult it can be to keep white clothes clean. Here are some laundry tips on how to wash white clothes with bleach.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Bleach
  • Washing powder
  • Washing machine

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    How to Bleach White Clothes

  1. 1

    Wash soiled white clothes as soon as possible to prevent stains from setting in. If that's not possible, place the garment in a clean sink and soak it with warm water and detergent.

  2. 2

    Place clothes in washer, fill with warm water and add detergent. Let the wash cycle run for 3/4 of the way, then add bleach.

    Putting bleach in with the laundry soap will render the soap useless. The soap needs time to do its work and loosen the dirt. One of the most important laundry tips you can get is to follow the instructions on the bottle of bleach as to the correct amount for the size load you are washing.

  3. 3

    Allow the washer to complete it's cycle. When finished bleaching the clothes white, check the clothes. If they are not white enough, repeat the process. The second time allow only a quarter of the wash time for detergent alone before adding bleach. Clothes should be clean and white. If not, follow instructions on the bleach bottle for soaking and then rewash as normal.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember that adding bleach will deactivate your detergent.
  • Once garment is wet, do not let dry until you are satisfied with the results.
  • There are occasions when white clothes that very used, or old will not become white again.
  • Do not add more bleach than instructions recommend because too much can weaken clothing fibres.

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