A Proverbs Wife

Laundry 101: Keeping White Clothes White



Having trouble keeping your whites white? Here are 6 steps to brightening your whites.

  1. Fill the washer with HOT water.
  2. Add laundry detergent and bleach
  3. Add white clothes to washer, making sure to pre-treat any visible stains.
  4. Let the clothes agitate for for 2 minutes and then shut off the washing machine. After this step I also unplug my washer.
  5. Allow clothes to soak for two hours or overnight.
  6. Turn on washer an allow clothes to run the rest of the cycle.

This is how I wash my white clothes. If I am washing multiple loads of clothes I wash the white clothes last.

On some days I complete steps #1 – #5 before going to bed and start the washer first thing in the morning.

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6 thoughts on “Laundry 101: Keeping White Clothes White

  1. Rena Morris says:

    I would think having clothing sit in bleach for long periods of time would eventually break down the clothing after a few times. Bleach will eat your items up after long periods of time.


    The Proverbs Wife Reply:

    I’ve never had a problem with it Rena. I don’t believe the bleach we use today is not as strong as the one I remember from growing up.


  2. Hi, I love this. We actually about same entry, mine just after the laundry and the process. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I was brought into your pre-treat post before commenting in here. My husband also likes to bring his work shirt suit to laundry cleaners and I don’t like the idea because I like to wash it myself aside from the cost is expensive. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing this. Here’s My Works-For-Me-Wednesday — Laundry Tip by the way. Have a great Wednesday! ~hugs&kisses~



  3. That sounds good but being on a septic system we use bleach very sparingly. I also have a front loading washer so this is not as easy to do.

    Elaine H


  4. I will definitely have to try this! I get so frustrated trying to keep my clothes white. Thanks for the tip!


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