This is the third in a series of articles about using ammonia, bleach and rubbing alcohol as superior cleaning products. Before moving on to a new list, let’s examine whether or not it is possible to revive those items (which used to be white) in our closets from their pitiful, old, dingy gray color.
According to Dr. Laundry, the ability to get those clothes white again is directly correlated to how they got that dingy gray look in the first place. By following the steps below, you may not only be able to breathe life back into those clothes, you may also be able to keep those which are still white looking great.
- Detergent choice – Not all detergents are created equal, no matter what the commercials might claim. Review the ingredient list to ensure your detergent contains brighteners, enzymes, surfactants and builders. Additionally, the better the detergent, the better it will interact with bleach.
- Don’t skimp on the amount of detergent you use – Not using enough detergent will create poor performance, particularly if you have hard water. Heavily soiled items or extra-large loads require more detergent than normal loads.
- Use the proper amount of bleach – That would be ½ cup of regular bleach per regular load. Heavily soiled or extra-large loads require a full cup.
- Choose a hot wash temperature – The higher the wash temperature, the better the results of the cleaning will be.
- Don’t overload the washer. Circulation is essential for wash water to provide its optimum cleaning.
For those items that are already discolored, mix 3 Tablespoons regular bleach per gallon of water. Fully submerge any bleachable items for 5 minutes, then wash them in hot water using a good quality detergent and ½ cup regular bleach. CAUTION: Do not bleach wool, silk, mohair, leather, spandex and non-fast color items.)
Now we will move to a list of ways bleach can be used which you may find unusual.