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fairy22
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posted February 10, 2017 01:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fairy22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really did not know where to put this subject so here it is.

I have so many white cloths very beautiful and delicate. Negligees, beautiful white dresses... Alot of them turned yellow well more off white
Does anyone know what I can do? Is there a gentle detergent that whitens? How about for a white purse and white shoes? Are there special bags you can buy? I notice if I put my cloths in bags, white ones, regular shopping bags from boutiques, that protects them. It's just so unpredictable, I never know when they will change color. Sometimes I can hang them in my closet and other times I can't. Often if I leave them in a dresser drawer they will change color. I also noticed that even the white cloths in stores change color. You would think big establishments like that would know how to protect the cloths! Is it possible to whiten a dress after it has changed color - especially if it is delicate with white lace?

I have been asking people for a couple of years now and no one ever knows.



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soren
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posted February 10, 2017 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for soren     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
maybe they yellow because the material reacts with the air and if it's in a bag there is no interaction.

this is what i found:

What is the best way to clean clothes that have yellowed?
Answer
Put the clothes in a container with extremely hot water, and a scoop or two of Oxy Clean. Close the container (we use a small cooler). Let them sit for at least 20 minutes, open it, stir/look to see how much they've whitened. The longer you leave them soak, the more it works. Then dump them into the washer (those clothes only is best) and wash like normal. That should work.

If the stain is just age yellowing try soaking in Oyxclean-found also in the laundry detergent area. Directions are on the box. Unlike bleach Oxyclean will not remove the color from colored garments. After soaking and washing be sure to check for all the stain removal before putting the garment into the dryer. If stain is still evident then soak again in oxyclean.
I have left things soaking in Oxyclean for more than a week and they were not damaged.

Also saw many say sunlight will make them bright and possibly whiten and lemon juice they said can potentially work.

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Randall
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posted February 11, 2017 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's oxidation. Delicate whites should be kept in plastic.

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Lexxigramer
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posted February 11, 2017 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Randall:
It's oxidation. Delicate whites should be kept in plastic.
True.
As to whitening whites;
white dishwasher powder added to as hot a water as you dare and soak until cooled. I have rescued old whites, delicate whites, and more including 100% Acrylic fabric items that were horribly yellowed or stained. Adding bleach to the hot water and white dishwasher powder will greatly increase the whitening effect. You can even do it in a clothes washer.
However; only hand wash delicate items..
Do not mix bleach and or dishwasher powder with any other detergents/ammonia etc., or possibly deadly fumes will form.
The best way to store whites is betwixt acid free shirt box tissue paper. In a dresser make sure to store them in an acid free paper lined drawer because if the dresser's wood is not coated with waterproof varnish, or has furniture polish on it, it will cause staining in time and or even melt some buttons and totally ruin things.
Ritz Dyes sell a whitening agent and a color remover. Both things work fairly well.

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posted February 12, 2017 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted February 13, 2017 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, LEXX.

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Lexxigramer
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posted February 15, 2017 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're welcome!

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posted February 15, 2017 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
More!
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Tip: Cleaning With Dishwasher Detergent

In this day and age of more products to clean everything; stains, whiteners, brighteners, etc., who can afford it? I remembered a tip given to me from a friend years ago.
We are nurses and had to wear white. Bleaching your whites leaves them dingy and yellow after awhile. She recommended Cascade dishwashing detergent - the plain ole white powder stuff. Put your clothes in the hottest water they can stand, add 1/2 to 1 cup of the Cascade powder, and let soak for an hour. The enzymes break down the stains and whiten up the whites.
I recently had a grease/oil stain on a white jacket. I poured some of the white Cascade gel on it, rubbed it, and let it set for 5-10 minutes. The stain came right out! Other cleaning agents that you would normally buy for that were not working.


Hydrogen Peroxide gets rid of blood stains on just about everything! From clothes to beds, sofas, car seats and more! Let it fizz and keep using it and wiping/blotting until stain vanishes. Only takes a minute or so.
Then rinse or wash or wipe with water and or toss in washing machine or use a furniture/carpet steamer.

More! http://fisherfarm.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/whiten-most-dingy-articles-thanks-to-heloise/
More!

http://housekeeping.wonderhowto.com/how-to/10-ways-whiten-clothes-without-using-any-bleach-0162473/

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posted February 19, 2017 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wish I knew of that idea a while ago!

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posted February 20, 2017 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Blood is always stubborn.

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posted February 21, 2017 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will it work on chocolate?

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posted February 21, 2017 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Randall:
Blood is always stubborn.

Not with peroxide!

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Lexxigramer
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posted February 21, 2017 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Randall:
Will it work on chocolate?

Chocolate is tricky.
Depends on what type chocolate;
cocoa, milk, dark, carob, and so forth.
Here is for all kinds, old or new. http://www.thespruce.com/removing-chocolate-stains-1901012

The milk fix is good for sweet milk chocolate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wCf87GXmcc

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Randall
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posted February 22, 2017 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks!

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posted February 22, 2017 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lexxigramer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're welcome!

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Randall
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posted February 23, 2017 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chocolate is almost like ink.

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Randall
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posted February 24, 2017 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
BTW, can ink be removed?

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