(Closed) Bleaching Towels

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Have you made sure that it’s safe to bleach your towels. Most towels specifically say not to use bleach on them. You can always use borax instead. It’s much safer on the fabric. Bleack slowly degraes the integrity of the fibers, so I avoid it at all costs. There are other ways to get fabrics clean. If you want to use bleach though, are you presoaking or doing this in the washing machine? Are you targeting a specific stain or just trying to keep your whites bright?

Post # 5
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Martha Stewart’s Housekeeping Handbook saysto dilute the bleach first and then add it to the wash 5 minutes into the washing cycle or to use the dispenser and the directions of your washing machine, and then you can run an extra rinse cycle if you want to make sure you clear all the bleach out.

Or, if you are using oxygen (not chlorine) bleach, you can soak overnight.

Post # 7
46376 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There are  a number of things that cause white towels to get dingy:

-washing them with other articles of clothing- the towels will absorb any color in the wash water

– a buildup of minerals from hard water

– a buildup of detergent

The first thing i would try is running them through a wash cycle a few times with no detergent.

After that, I would use this formula which works for stain removal and whitening:

1 c. powdered Cascade (automatic dishwasher detergent)
1 c. Clorox II
Add to 5 gallons of the hottest tap water. Soak overnight. Then wash as usual with no added detergent.

Use for color-fast articles ONLY.



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