How do you keep your sheets white?

posted 4 months ago in Home
Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

natasha0b :  Baking soda and peroxide will work well, along with white vinegar. Also, you can pick up liquid bluing which can help counteract any yellowing effect that bleach will have on fabric. 

Just follow the directions carefully; you need to mix a drop or two of bluing with water and mix it thoroughly THEN add it to the wash, otherwise you’ll end up with blue sheets instead of white 😉

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I buy not white sheets.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

natasha0b :  my hubby has skin chemistry that is quite oily and as he sweats in his sleep he leaves discolouration on white sheets. He washes properly and showers before bed but it’s just his skin chemistry unfortunately. You can tell his side of the bed. 😔 

We have a front loader washing machine and what I do is add bleach, washing powder and a powder form soaker for whites and cloth nappies (won’t name brand because I live in Australia) I’ll basically start my washing machine cycle and let it run through to the point where it is full of water and swishing the clothes around. I’ll then turn it off at that point and let it soak with the water and detergent/bleach combo for at least 4 hours. I’ll then turn the machine back on after a long soak for it to complete its cycle. It takes out stains and marks and comes up white if you do it that way. Hope that helps. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

natasha0b :  I like my whites bright as well. Bleach is not the best for keeping sheets white as chlorine bleach can react to protein stains like sweat and make them appear more yellow. To avoid this you can do a regular wash to get rid of the lingering sweat and then wash again with added bleach this way there is no protein left after the first wash for the bleach to react with.

 My Mother-In-Law gave me a tip years ago to just add a little borax to my regular wash ( no bleach). It is great for white sheets and towels and takes red wine stains out of tablecloths quite well as long as the cloth is colourfast. 

If your washer as an extra rinse cycle then that is a bonus as it can get rid of any lingering detergent that makes white sheets go greyish over time.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee

I’ve given up and now buy grey, blue, and green sheets. They’re more fun anyways. And easier to tell one set from the next.

Post # 22
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Sugar bee

I wash them frequently in hot water and we don’t get in bed until we’ve taken a shower first. My sheets are years old and still white.

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

natasha0b :  I soak them first. It helps loosen the soil, so that when it goes in the washer it should be much more ready to release the stains. 

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