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How to clean white sports socks

Updated March 17, 2017

Few things appear cleaner and whiter than a new pair of white gym socks. However, dyes in shoes, dirty walking surfaces and sweat can quickly take your socks from clean and white to dingy and stained. Unsuccessful attempts to clean your socks may leave you feeling as if the only solution is to throw them away and buy a new pair or live with the stains. Before you abandon all hope of returning your socks to their original state, try a stain removal technique.

Combine 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide with 1 gallon of water in a container large enough to soak the socks in.

Place the soiled socks in the container. Allow the socks to soak overnight.

Remove the socks and wring out the excess moisture. Launder the socks with detergent and hot water.

Pour 1 cup of distilled white vinegar into a large pot. Fill the pot with water and place it on the stove.

Bring the liquid to a boil and turn off the heat. Drop the socks into the pot. Allow the socks to soak overnight.

Remove the socks from the pot and wring out the excess moisture. Launder the socks as usual with washing powder in hot water.

Combine 1/2 cup borax and a small amount of liquid detergent in a container large enough to soak the socks in. Place the socks in the liquid.

Allow the socks to soak overnight. Prepare the washing machine by adding water and washing powder. Follow the product's directions for the appropriate amount of detergent.

Add the socks and soaking solution to the washing machine. Launder the socks as usual.

Tip

Wash dirty socks as soon as possible. If you allow the socks to remain soiled for extended periods of time, stains will be difficult to remove.

Things You'll Need

  • Large container
  • Measuring cup
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Washing powder
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Large pot
  • Water
  • ½ cup borax
  • Liquid washing powder
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Based in Atlanta, Renee Kristi has been writing since 2001 and her work now appears on various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Spelman College and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law.