If you choose to use either of those products, make sure you follow the directions carefully! Thankfully, there are a couple of ways to prevent your whites from turning yellow in the first place:
Hard water can be so tough to deal with when it comes to laundry! So glad you found the white vinegar trick! Let me know how they do! If vinegar and water happen to make you pants white again, do you mind letting me know? Please and thank you. I would try washing the cloth in hot water with regular detergent no Oxi Clean or Bleach , and see if that does the trick. Would washing a new pair of black pants with white clothing cause the light clothes to turn a light shade of yellow or green?
Were you able to get the light clothes back to the right color? Hello and thanks for your answer. I re-washed them and the green tinge faded a bit but you can still see it. Can i use Borax for coloured cloths aswell?
Thank you very much. Fuad, you can use Borax as a laundry booster for colored clothes. But this is case with any laundry booster Oxi Clean, Clorox 2, etc. I have recently moved to a new place, and I thought both the washer and dryer full sized stackable looked dirty.
I tried washing and wiping. But I notice that my white and light clothes look yellow-y, and my white towels have noticeable yellow streaks and discoloration. Or how I might fix it? I used bleach on a White cotton polyester mix dress and it turned yellow. I there anything I can do t get it back to White? Sarah, you could try using a bluing agent.
Polyester responds very poorly to bleach due to its chemical make-up. You can give the bluing a try, but you might be stuck with a yellow dress. Though I just tossed my white shirt in the wash and poured half the bottle of bleach in to get rid of the yellow! SO, what is bleach good for then? I always thought it was to make whites whiter. I mostly use it to sanitize my washing machine. But also check out this old! Some of my white shirts and jeans have turned yellow patches of stains in the closet.
They are always fine after washing. I also noticed stains on some of my tshirts especially white after a long time of storing and not wearing them. Any idea what might be the cause? This happened when in summer, humid weather. Most of the stains on our clothes, come out using The Soak.
You can try using Rit White Wash to see if it can restore the original color. Make sure to follow the directions precisely! And just use with the understanding that once the chemical reaction with the bleach has taken place, it can be super hard to remove. Use Tide and maybe a half-cup of Clorox. Today, I did the same thing. Most of the briefs came out yellowed; some of them entirely, some just in areas. Same detergent as usual, same Clorox as usual.
Washer IS getting pretty old maybe years , but still seems to work well. When you say to use lemon juice, do you mean fresh lemons juice or is lemon concentrate ok?
Dissolve Tablespoons in about 2 cups of borax and then add to the rinse cycle of your washer. It should read dissolve Tablespoons of Borax in 2 cups of water. They are items I have used a prewash spray on and they are in areas where I remember spraying. Could this cause the yellowing a s well? In my experience, it does not.
Drying items in hot, direct sunlight or using a bluing agent seem to be the most effective method in removing that yellowing effect. Do these tips also work for front-loading HE machines? All of my whites are looking gray, yuck!
My question is, does lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda, salt, or any combination of these ingredients cause fading in colors? Thanks for any tips or instructions. Hi, I foolishly washed some baby clothes with a couple new red and orange dish rags… All my whites are yellow now. I rewashed them with bleach and the socks are now white again, but the shirts and leggings, and pants and dressed all white are still yellow?
What would be the best way to get these white again? Jenn, unfortunately you might be in trouble since you used bleach. It can sometimes react with fabric and cause permanent yellowing. It might be your best bet. Sher, vinegar should have no effect on the blue color of your jeans.
In all of my vast laundry experience, I have never seen vinegar lift color or make a color bleed. White vinegar has been used to pre-set colors in material of us quilters for generations. It will not cause any effect of any kind on any material that I am aware of. Hi, I recently washed a tye-dye dress mistakingly with a white skirt, and it turn the skirt pink, any suggestions how to turn it back to white?
In urgent need of some answers, please help!!!! Hi, I have a light yellow nightgown that turned greyish because I used cheap detergent. Do you have any tricks bring it back to a more yellowish colour? Seems like vinegar does a better job and is less harmful than bleach for most things. I use it for toilets, and it works much better than bleach, and minus the unpleasant bleach-y smell. I have recently lost weight and went into my skinny boxes and found stuff that fits. Unfortunately I also found yellowed cotton blouses that were once white that might be worth saving and also found 4 rust stains on a light blue pant that resembles denim fabric.
I would like your best advice please both for the blouse and the pant. I washed the pants with OXY and tide 3 times already with zero change and then applied white vinegar with zero change as well. I use only Oxiclean. We also have water softener for our hard water. What could be the problem? My guess is that you have some type of mineral build up related to your hard water.
I used generic bleach on the back tail of white shirt to try to get out a stain. The stain did come out but not the back tail is yellowish. I have read all the posts above and now understand that bleach can yellow a shirt!! Or borax on the yellow area and sun dry and repeat? The rest of the shirt is fine, just the back tail of the shirt turned a slight yellow.
Please let me know what you think. Thank you so much!! I would try to use a whitening agent since this is a chemical reaction issue. Of course, use at your own risk. I have been going through a storage room where my later mother stored beautiful Irish linen and Irish table clothes, some of which are very old.
Niall, I would try soaking them in Oxi Clean before throwing them out. I have seen Oxi Clean do remarkable things on old linens such as what you describe! Dear Lauren, I recently found an old pair of white pants that was kept away for a year. It has now lots of yellow spots on it.
How can I save it? What is your advice? You have two options, I believe. But be warned that it WILL cause white spots on any other colored fabric that it touches! Be super careful with it, since it has a permanent bleach-like effect. Yes, try the lemon juice trick and see if you like the results.
There were some stains on my white polyester jacket so I added bleach. Please can you help me turn it white again! Does Oxi-Clean also cause whites with poly to yellow? The odd thing is that my tennis skirt overlaps in the front. The part that is covered from sun exposure is still white. I have used Oxi Clean for 15 years and have never seen it turn white clothes yellow, even those with polyester.
If so would treating them with the Borax work? I washed them with Mrs Meyers Clean Day detergent. Did you have other VERY dirty clothes in the same washing load. I bet it will take the stains out! I have a dress that has lace around the bottom and I do not know if the lemon would work and then put in sun I want to use a white net fabric over the dress part but not the lace on net around the bottom what do you thank.
Mae, that sounds like a tough washing task. Look for a dry cleaners that specializes in wedding dresses and fine clothes. Dab as much off the paint off with a dry paper towel as possible. This will only work if the paint is still wet. Remember to dab, not to rub. Dabbing will remove the excess wet paint that hasn't already soaked into your clothing. Rubbing will push the excess paint further into your clothing and make it even more difficult to remove.
Once you have dabbed off the extra wet paint you can proceed to any of the following steps. Soak the stained area with the isopropyl alcohol. The stained area should be completely saturated, so be generous with the amount. You can buy isopropyl alcohol online or at your local pharmacy for a relatively low price. Scratch at the paint.
Use your fingernail, a wooden stick, a coin, or another item to scrape away at the paint and try to lift it off the fabric. When scraping, go with, then against the grain of the fabric, back and forth. Lift off as much as you can before proceeding to the next step.
Put the clothing into the washing machine. Set the cycle you'd usually use for this type of clothing and wash with the usual detergent. Hopefully the stain will have been lifted out by both the alcohol and the wash. Soak the stained part of the clothing with cold water. Drop it into a sink or bucket filled up with water. Let it soak in there for a minute before you continue.
You want it to be thoroughly drenched. Do this in a separate bowl. You can make the mixture while your clothing is soaking in the water to save time. Drain the water from the soaking clothing. Twist the clothing together to wring out the water. You want it to be damp — that was the whole point of soaking it after all. Dip a lint-free cloth or sponge in the solution of ammonia and vinegar. Now scrub the paint stain with this cloth or sponge. Dip in the solution as often as needed until the stain appears to be lifting.
Rinse the clothing with water. Now check to see if the stain has been lifted. Repeat if it is still there. Hopefully after repeating this process once or twice the stain should have faded away.
You will see immediate results. Toss the scrubbed clothing into the washing machine. Wash as usual and then dry your clothes. Check again and see if the stain has now gone. Turn the garment inside out - or at least the part where the stain is. Hold it under warm running water to try to flush out as much of the paint as possible. Mix one part liquid dish detergent with one part warm water. This is the solution you are going to use to attempt to get rid of the stain.
This method is helpful because you are likely to have dish detergent on hand. Dip a lint-free cleaning cloth or sponge into the solution. Dab and sponge the stain with vigor; avoid rubbing too much though, as this can spread the stain. Try to get out as much as possible. Check for the stain. Just wash these clothes the way you normally would wash them.
Make sure the article of clothing can be machine washed. Now dry your clothes as you normally would and check for the stain again. Hopefully it has now gone. Gently blot the stain with a cleaning rag or paper towel.
Don't rub the paint in. This step is only needed if the paint is still wet. Spray the window cleaner or hairspray onto the cleaning cloth or sponge. Hold the dampened area over the top of a bottle of nail polish remover and moisten with a little acetone.
If you have either window spray or hairspray in the house, both of these products might remove the stain. It's recommended that you test an inconspicuous area on the piece of clothing first to be sure the fabric can handle the chemicals in these products. If not, use a different method.
Scrub the paint stain with a the moistened cloth. Position the cloth over the stain and start scrubbing up and down. Try not to be too vigorous - you want to avoid spreading the stain. Remember to take off as much of the paint as possible with a knife or your finger nail before you start to scrub the paint stain with the cleaner. You want to avoid spreading the stain as much as possible.
This potent cleaning mixture needs to be removed quickly before it damages the fabric fibers. Wash as usual, then dry. This should remove the stain. Use rubbing alcohol and kitchen cleaning spray. Then use a toothbrush to rub it in.
This works on stains that have dried and have been on the clothing for months. Not Helpful 31 Helpful How do I remove the stain if my paint was really diluted when I used it? Even if it was diluted, it would still be best to try one of these methods just in case.
Not Helpful 5 Helpful Not Helpful 7 Helpful If the acrylic paint has dried, can I still use one of the methods in the article to remove it? Yes, you can use rubbing alcohol or kitchen cleaning spray. Use a toothbrush to rub it in. Not Helpful 1 Helpful 3.
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