How Do I Wash Cotton-Polyester to Get It White?

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How Do I Wash Cotton-Polyester to Get It White?
White shirts must remain white for them to look best. (Goodshoot RF/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A white shirt is supposed to be just that: white! No other shirt colour begs to stay true to its colour or remain without spots or stains than a white shirt. Getting a white cotton polyester blend shirt white again really isn't different than getting a white cotton shirt white again. However, there are three important things you can do that will do more to get that shirt white again than the usual laundering you do to get it clean.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Laundry cleaner
  • Laundry bleach

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Instructions

    Remediate

  1. 1

    Dab the spot immediately with a dry, highly-absorbent material, drawing away whatever is potentially staining the white shirt. Wet and wring a highly-absorbent material and then blot the spot, again drawing away whatever is potentially staining the shirt.

    How Do I Wash Cotton-Polyester to Get It White?
    Immediate action is required to minimise or completely eliminate a spot on a white shirt. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Run water directly through the stain on the shirt. Gently rub the stain while the water is running through it.

    How Do I Wash Cotton-Polyester to Get It White?
    Run water through the spot. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Soak the shirt in water. Gently pull the shirt through the water every once in a while, so that it loosely moves through the water.

    How Do I Wash Cotton-Polyester to Get It White?
    Soak the shirt in water. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

    Pre-treat

  1. 1

    Pour or spray a laundry cleaner or stain pre-treater onto the spot. Gently rub it into the spot.

    How Do I Wash Cotton-Polyester to Get It White?
    Pre-treating a spot makes whites whiter. (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Let the laundry cleaner absorb into the cotton and polyester blend for at least several minutes. Rinse the spot clean.

  3. 3

    Repeat pretreatment of the stain if necessary. Launder the shirt in the warmest water that's safe for it.

    Launder

  1. 1

    Fill the wash tub with warm to hot water. Pour laundry cleaner into the tub of water.

    How Do I Wash Cotton-Polyester to Get It White?
    Pour laundry cleaner into the wash tub. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Pour laundry bleach or whitener into the tub of hot water, according to the appropriate bleach or whitener to water ratio. Wash the white cotton polyester shirt with like colours and fabrics or separately.

    How Do I Wash Cotton-Polyester to Get It White?
    Bleaching the white shirt helps make it whiter. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Rinse the laundry clean. Repeat laundering the shirt to get it whiter if necessary.

    How Do I Wash Cotton-Polyester to Get It White?
    Rinse the white shirt well. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

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