When washing your regular whites such as cotton shirts and towels or sheets, it’s best to separate your washes by fabric types. Here’s how to wash white clothes in a washing machine:
- Pretreat stains. Don’t worry – everyone gets stains on their whites from time to time. The areas are best pre-treated using special stain removers like Zout® Stain Remover or vinegar. Make sure that wet stains are first fully absorbed (e.g. by sprinkling salt on the stain) before adding the item to the wash with other unstained whites.
- Wash your white clothes made of cotton and polyester together at 120 degrees or more. Be sure to first check the label of that favorite blouse of yours to make sure it can be washed that hot! A good laundry detergent will do the job. Hang to dry or throw it in the dryer. Make sure the stain is completely gone before throwing it in the dryer as heat can set the stain.
- Towels, socks, and duvets can all go into the same wash. Use a good laundry detergent and wash them at the hottest setting according to the care labels. Towels are usually safe to tumble dry.
- Your delicate whites may need a little bit of extra care. First, check that any silk blouses and bras are machine-washable by reading the care label. If they are, follow the instructions. You may need to opt for a cold wash. Some delicates are suitable for hand-wash only.