Are you tired of fake brown spots? The washing expert reveals how you can keep your whites sparkling
While it’s great to give us a golden glow during the winter months, fake brown can be a nightmare when it comes to your sheets.
Large brown spots not only look ugly, they can also be difficult to remove in the wash.
Fortunately, Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Laundryheap, a door-to-door, 24-hour dry cleaning and laundry service operating in the UK, US, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UAE, has shared top tips for saving your whites sparkling.
From trying out natural bleaching to storing vinegar in your closet as your secret weapon, he shares his wise advice with FEMAIL here.
Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Laundryheap, has shared his top tips to keep your whites sparkling. Shown: stock image
Try bleaching a place at home
When you have colored your hair white, it is tempting to go straight to the bleach bottle.
This can work wonders or can be a disaster, so it is essential that you use the chemical safely and effectively.
First check the maintenance label and only consider adding bleach if this is safe. Bleach works well on cotton, but is far too abrasive for silk and wool.
Then wash your clothes in a machine as you normally would and put a quarter cup of bleach in the detergent drawer after 15 minutes in the wash. This allows the detergent to exert its cleaning magic first.
Home bleaching can work wonders or be a disaster, so it is essential that you use the chemical safely and effectively
If you do not want to take such drastic measures, first experiment with detergents with a little bleach added for more subtle clarification.
Choose organic detergents in the same way, as these stains will remove more rigorously than non-bio.
Discover natural bleaching
Before bleach was commercially available, many had no option but to make their clothes white with the rays of Mother Nature.
So try to go back to the basics and dry your white items on a clothesline, so that the sun can go to work to brighten those whites naturally.
You can also try soaking your boring whites in some very hot water, along with a whole slice of lemon or five crushed aspirin tablets.
Aspirin contains acetic acid, which works brilliantly as a natural cleanser.
Let them stand overnight and wash them as normal, or add half a cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle for some extra softness and cleaning action.
Before bleach was commercially available, many had no option but to make their clothes white with the rays of Mother Nature. Shown: stock image
Vinegar is your secret weapon
If your clothes are on the line, it’s not an option – not surprising if you live in the UK – reach for the back of your closets for some essential home supplies.
Distilled white vinegar softens, deodorizes and brightens fabrics naturally.
For the best result, simply pour half a cup into your washing machine during the final rinse cycle. This method also works wonders when removing mold odors.
If you are looking for a greater impact, exchange a quarter cup of powder detergent for baking soda.
Or you can try adding a quarter cup of lemon juice to your washing machine during the final rinse cycle.
Banish forearm stains
Over time, your beloved whites can be colored with frequent wear – especially in the summer months when it is warmer.
To prevent – or remove – unwanted forearm stains caused by sweat and antiperspirants, soak your white buds in a solution consisting of a part of distilled white vinegar in two parts of water.
Distilled white vinegar softens, deodorizes and makes substances naturally, while baking powder (or soda bicarbonate) also helps to give them a natural boost
Leave your clothes in the solution for 30 minutes before washing them normally in a machine.
This should be sufficient to prevent stains from forming; for deep yellowing stains, make a thick paste of baking soda, water and a little vinegar, rub it in the stain and then wash as normal.
Create an optical illusion by coloring them blue
It sounds counterproductive, but this handy hack will mislead the eyes to register a whiter white.
Blue pigments eliminate yellow, so adding a little wash-friendly blue solution to your white charges will make them look white.
Bluing solutions are available from online retailers such as Amazon and are super easy to use. Simply add a quarter of a teaspoon of blue liquid to a cup of water before adding it to the final rinse cycle.
This trick has been used in the cosmetics industry for years to make teeth look whiter. It may surprise you that many of your favorite red lipsticks contain blue pigments for this reason!
Separate white from lights
You wouldn’t throw a bright red T-shirt in your whites, so why would you put almost white items in?
Deyan says it’s essential to keep your white separate from all your other colored waxes to prevent them from getting dull
Avoid getting your crystal whites dull by being strict with your loads; keep creams, beiges and grays limited to their own color category.
To ensure that your white remains truly white, you must divide your laundry into three categories: white, light and colored.
For more information about Laundryheap, visit https://www.laundryheap.co.uk/