Whites come in many types – regular, delicate, and sheets and towels – but all have one thing in common: They all need to look impeccably bright in order to impress.
Wash Regular Whites
- Place white clothes labeled for warm-water washing in a machine. For instance, a cotton shirt and rayon blouse can be washed at the same time. Set the machine on warm and normal or gentle operation.
- Next, add detergent. Either toss in a pac or two of detergent.
- If you have a dryer, dry cottons on high and synthetics on medium or low. Alternatively, you can place them all together in the dryer and take the synthetics out as soon as they are done.
Wash White Towels, Sheets and Socks
- Gather white towels, sheets and socks that can tolerate hot washing. Check the labels if you’re not sure.
- Use the hottest temperature setting according to the care label. Since sheets and towels are heavily used, they tend to get dirty easily. It’s important to make sure the water is hot enough to remove all of the dirt and other build up. Adjust your water level for the correct volume and set the machine for normal operation.
- If you have a dryer, dry all of these items on high heat, or dry the sheets separately if you don’t want excess towel lint on them.
Wash Delicate Whites
- Gather delicate white items, such as sheer blouses, shirts or undergarments.
- Review the fabric care tags to make sure the items are washable. Note whether machine or hand washing is suggested, as well as the recommended wash temperature and drying method.
- Machine wash most delicate whites in cold water. Adjust the water level and set the washing machine for gentle or delicate.
- Hand-wash delicate undergarments or items specifically labeled “hand-wash only.” Dilute a small amount of Tide in a tub, a bucket or a sink of cold water, and then dunk and rinse your clothes under running water.
- Dry delicates on low or by hanging them up to dry. Check the labels.