How to bleach white towels

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How to bleach white towels
Bleach not only eliminates stains, it kills germs and bacteria residing in your towels. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

White towels are often used in hotels, since they can be bleached if needed and to eliminate the problem of matching shades when individual towels get worn out or lost. This solution translates well to households, especially homes with multiple bathrooms. Coordination efforts are minimised, and cleaning is simplified. Since white towels are already bleached, they can be cleaned with bleach as necessary.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Separate white towels from other laundry and wash them together in one load.

  2. 2

    Soak heavily soiled towels in a mixture of one gallon of cool water and 3/4 of a cup of bleach for five minutes.

  3. 3

    Add towels to the washer tub. Do not overfill.

  4. 4

    Fill the bleach dispenser with bleach. If there is no bleach dispenser, continue to Step 5.

  5. 5

    Set the washing machine to hot and choose a normal cycle.

  6. 6

    Add 3/4 of a cup of bleach directly to the tub once it has filled with water if your machine does not feature a bleach dispenser.

  7. 7

    Wash and rinse normally, adding an extra rinse cycle, if desired, to eliminate any traces of bleach smell.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the towel label and adhere to any guidelines regarding bleach. Always follow the instructions on the bleach bottle label.

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