Tricks for Whiter Towels

White towels are an easy choice for the bathroom. They match any decor and can be bleached and scalded to remove germs. White towels also are the perfect selection for a busy home when it is important to mix and match your towels and washcloths without worrying about colours or patterns.

Regular Care

You can keep white towels as white as possible by laundering them on a regular basis with hot water and a washing powder designed for whites. Do your white towels in a separate load so you don't risk even minor bleeding from items of a slightly different colour. Add 1/2 cup of borax to the laundry to help soften the harsh effects of hot water. Borax also has some natural bleaching agents which will keep your whites looking pristine. Skip the fabric softener on your towels as this can actually reduce their absorbency. If possible, hang your white towels out in the sun to dry, as the sun's rays have their own whitening effect.

Occasional Brightening

When your towels begin to look a little dingy, they may need a quick blast of bleach to keep them as bright as possible. Use no more than 1/2 cup of liquid non-chlorine bleach in the wash cycle. Avoid chlorine bleach as this solution can burn holes in your towels. If you prefer a more natural bleaching treatment, add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to the laundry. Lemon juice has natural bleaching properties.

Spot Treatments

If your towels get stained, the discolouration will really stand out against the white. Treat stains immediately for the best results. A bleach pen is a handy tool for these stains as it will literally bleach out the discolouration. For a more natural solution, make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda and apply to the stain. Let the paste sit for several hours, and then rinse out. If the stain is a thick substance that needs to be scrubbed out of the fabric, add salt to the lemon juice paste. The granules act as tiny exfoliates to help work the gunk out of the fibres of the towel.

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