White color is inseparable from our life. It is a symbol of purity, integrity, peace and pacification, brevity and rigor, an integral part of both business and romantic style. The favorite color of connoisseurs of order, harmony and peace. A sign of lightness and neatness. Every housewife has a lot of white things in her house: wardrobe items, bedding and underwear, curtains, tulle and much more. Everyone knows for sure that the snow-whiteness of any fabric is extremely short-lived. Constant use and frequent washing lead to the appearance of gray or yellow spots and shades, the color loses its purity. Let’s analyze tips on how to bleach fabric at home.

White is universal, it is restrained but expressive, laconic and bright at the same time, it is a foam of lace and marble in one person. On a white background, the advantages and disadvantages of the entire spectrum are perfectly highlighted, any colors become bright and saturated. Therefore, it is important to maintain the whiteness of your textiles and clothing.

Returning the original linen is a very time-consuming task. What are the ways to return lost underwear?

  • Give it to the dry cleaner.
  • Whiten at home.
  • “French” way.
  • Use folk remedies.

If everything is simple with the first point, then when choosing the second option, you need to carefully study the properties of fabrics and the manipulations that can be carried out with them without damaging the fibers. After all, it is impossible to bleach cotton, silk or wool using the same procedure due to the different properties of the fabric.

How to bleach fabric at home

Whitening at home

Most cotton and linen bleaches contain chlorine. This is an effective tool, but it has a number of disadvantages:

  • thins fabric fibers and, with repeated use, leads to a loss of material strength;
  • has a pungent strong smell;
  • dangerous for breathing;
  • can cause allergy attacks.

To eliminate the risk to the health of the family, it is better to use another method of exposure – ammonia – it is softer in relation to the fibers. When diluted in 10 liters of water, 6 tbsp. ammonia, within half an hour the yellowish shade is removed without damage to the tissue structure. To overcome severe pollution, it is worth adding one more ingredient – 2 tbsp. l. turpentine After soaking, things are subjected to normal washing.

Silk and wool products claim more careful treatment. Here the reverse sequence of actions takes place: soaking is carried out after washing.

  1. Dissolve 50 g of any powder for hand washing and 30 ml of 3% medical hydrogen peroxide in 12 liters of salted (8 tablespoons of salt) water.
  2. Place a white cloth in the solution.
  3. Four hours is enough to return the laundry, it remains to rinse things in water, preferably in warm water, and dry.

Such whimsical fabrics as guipure, lace, tulle or chiffon require special attention. Experienced housewives advise soaking the following things before washing (10 liters of heated water; 2 tablespoons of 3% hydrogen peroxide; 1 tablespoon of ammonia alcohol) for about half an hour. And then rinse on the appropriate mode in the washing machine or by hand.

How to boil laundry for bleaching

“French” whitening

Thanks to its simplicity, cheapness and availability of ingredients, this method won the hearts of fans of perfectly white bed linen.

  1. To carry out the procedure, you will need 2 containers, laundry soap and potassium permanganate.
  2. An equal amount of boiling water is poured into 2 containers of the same volume (not less than 7 liters) (half the volume of the container).
  3. Pour 10 g of crushed household soap into the first bowl, and 3-5 crystals of potassium permanganate into the second.
  4. The solutions mix and the water becomes foamy, dark brown, with a slight soapy smell, which, unlike chlorine or chemical bleaches from the store, is a nice bonus.
  5. The laundry is soaked in this liquid for at least 6-8 hours or overnight, and then it is enough to rinse in warm water.

This procedure does not affect the condition of the fabric and is suitable for continuous use.

Folk recipes

Nowadays, complex chemical reactions and various ingredients have become the norm of everyday life. The composition of means for cleaning surfaces from dirt, washing, cleaning, cooking and dealing with other household chores could surprise any chemist of the past years.

And it is all the more difficult now to believe that bleaching of fabrics, even delicate ones, can be carried out without armed with a battery of special tools and complex ingredients.

How to boil laundry for bleaching

The ecological orientation of modern life contributes to the return to everyday life of the little tricks of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers – they include the use of only plants, herbs, and improvised materials that used to be in any home and are deservedly called folk remedies.

  • One of the ancient methods of whitening things: the leaves, roots and inflorescences of the “medicinal soap plant” (it is found everywhere in our region) are rubbed until foam is formed. In this solution, products made of delicate fabrics are left for 4-5 hours, and then they are simply wiped by hand.
  • The method using ash is considered more time-consuming. Dried sunflower stalks are burned, and ash is used to replace washing powder in the household. It can be harvested in large quantities when harvesting gardens, and then used for a long time, as it does not require special storage conditions, except for dryness in the room. The bucket is covered with a cloth, it is used as a filter, ashes are placed on top, and the bucket is filled by pouring water over the substance. The result is soapy water. This solution is used both for washing and for soaking, and then it is enough to rinse the laundry in clean water.

For all types of fabrics, regardless of the methods of bleaching, the following trick will come in handy: you don’t need to keep white laundry dirty for a long time – the faster it gets into the wash, the less effort and time it takes to bleach.

How to bleach fabric at home