I can't believe I don't know how to do this..

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

i only use bleach when absolutely everything is white and i use about a tablespoon. For brighter everything i would recommend oxyclean powder! I use it with every load and its great at taking out stains and making clothes brighter. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Pink Asawa:  My DH and I were just talking about this!!  I grew up in a non-bleaching family too!!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Pink Asawa:  Does your washer have a bleach depositer on it?  Look for a receptacle that says bleach on it.  Pour in your bleach following the directions from the washer (usually printed under the lid.)  Otherwise, fill an empty washer with water, mix in 3/4 cup of bleach, then add the laundry to the washing machine.  Over time it will cause the blue to fade but it should do so evenly if the bleach is mixed properly in the water before adding the laundry.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I use those Oxiclean packets.  When I tried bleach in the dispenser it made streaks on the clothes.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Pink Asawa:  Definitely not the same spot as the fabric softener.  It will actually say “bleach”.  it will take lots of washes for the blue to bleach out but you should expect it to fade slowly each time you wash it.  And yes, you still use the regular detergent.  IF you’re worried about streaks from the dispenser, then definitely use the older method I described above where you add the bleach directly to the water and mix it in before adding the clothes.  Also, it works best if the water is hot.

P.S. I didn’t learn how to properly bleach clothes until I was in my mid-20s.  My mom hardly ever bleached laundry and she would never allow me to use the washer or dryer anyway.

 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Pink Asawa:  You can buy color safe bleaching products. Do not add regular chlorine  bleach to anything you care about that also has any color trim, unless you really like that washed out, worn out look.

If you are washing all white clothing, dilute 3/4 cup bleach in water and add it to the water after the detergent but before adding the clothes. If your machine has a bleach dispensor use that.

Bleach works best in hot water, but not all fabrics can safely be washed in hot water

Bleach will destroy silk, elastic and spandex so don’t use it on your undergarments.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Pink Asawa:  yes i use both, sometimes all three! 

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I grew up in a non-bleach household and I still am.  I use OxyClean and occasionally a bleach for colors combined with my regular detergent.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Pink Asawa:  You actually shouldn’t bleach white sheets, because the proteins in our sweat/skin etc will react with the bleach and make them dingier. You need a product called bluing! Here’s an excerpt from an article I read on jezebel recently, she does a way better job explaining than I could:

Bleach is not what you want to use on your yellowed sheets. Bleach reacts negatively to protein stains, causing them to become more yellowed. And your sheets are full up on protein stains from sweating and sexing and drooling and probably a few other things I’m not thinking of right now. Oh right, bleeding. Bleeding falls into the protein category also.

So what to use? Allow me to introduce you to one of my all time favorite cleaning products:Bluing! It does just what the name implies, it turns things blue! The idea here is to ever-so-slightly tint your whites blue, which will counteract the yellowing, making the white appear whiter. Because you’ve got a pretty righteous yellow situation going on, you may need to run the sheet through the wash with bluing more than once to get it back to bright white.

 The article is here if you’re interested:

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