How to Bleach Net Curtains

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How to Bleach Net Curtains
Net curtains can brighten a room. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Net curtains are hung on windows to provide privacy while still letting light into a room. They can be used alone or in combination with drapes for a room-darkening effect in addition to privacy. White net curtains can become grey or yellow over time from dust, dirt and cigarette smoke. If your curtains are looking past their prime and you want to whiten them up, let your washing machine handle the load.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Set your washing machine at a low temperature on a delicate wash cycle.

  2. 2

    Place the net curtains in the washer with a soak cycle for 20 minutes. If you don't have a soak cycle, turn the washing machine off for 20 minutes during the soap cycle.

  3. 3

    Add a gentle detergent and 1 cup of bleach to the washing machine, and then start the cycle.

  4. 4

    Remove the curtains and allow to air or line dry.

Tips and warnings

  • If you aren't sure whether your curtains will withstand bleaching, try adding a denture cleaning tablet to the wash cycle instead.
  • Check the label before bleaching or drying your net curtains in the dryer; some curtains cannot be bleached or tumble-dried.

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