How to remove dirt stains from white socks

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How to remove dirt stains from white socks
Keep socks looking clean and white. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Socks are wardrobe items that commonly collect dirt stains, making the stain removal process especially difficult when the socks are white. Stains quickly dull the appearance of the socks, making a fairly new pair of socks look like they are years old. To remove the stains and keep socks looking bright and white, follow a simple cleaning procedure.

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Things you need

  • Basin
  • Washing machine
  • Lemon juice
  • Washing powder
  • Dishwasher detergent

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  1. 1

    Soak heavily soiled socks in a basin filled with 1 gallon warm water and 1 cup lemon juice. The lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent that will draw the dirt stains out of the socks without damaging the fabric. Let soak for 1 hour.

  2. 2

    Place the socks in the washing machine, using a warm water cycle. Pour a capful of your regular washing powder into the wash, along with 1 cup lemon juice and 2 tbsp powdered dishwasher detergent. The combination of these ingredients will lift and remove the dirt stains while also restoring the white colour.

  3. 3

    Allow the machine to complete the wash cycle, then dry if all stains are removed. Repeat the above procedure if any stain remains after washing.

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