Snow-white and weightless tulle is a classic option for window decoration. The light pattern gives beauty, and the special structure of the fabric allows maximum daylight. However, over time, yellowness will appear, the curtain will turn into a dull and indistinct one. You can return the snow-white look not only in dry cleaners, but also using various folk recipes or store products. Let’s analyze ways to whiten tulle at home.
Today, tulle is made from different materials. Cotton is the most resistant. It burns out faster in the sun, but tolerates both folk remedies and serious chemicals well when washing. Kapron is capricious, chemical agents seriously thin the kapron material, it tears after several procedures. Organza is the most demanding fabric, it can be washed only in warm water, most chemicals instantly destroy the fibers.
The effectiveness of home bleaching depends on how dirty the curtain is. Dust and burns can be removed quite easily. It is possible to get rid of soot, cigarette smoke and other heavy pollutants, but all methods require the use of more aggressive components that can seriously damage the fibers.
Another component of successful whitening is strict adherence to the recipe. Most often, the solution has a minimal free course in terms of concentration, if you overdo it a little with active elements, the curtain will be damaged. It is necessary to withstand the time of soaking, rinsing and washing.
Having correctly selected the recipe for the type of fabric, it is possible to bleach tulle at a high level of professional dry cleaning, even at home. However, if absolute whiteness of delicate fabric is required, or there is no confidence in following the recipe, then it is better to entrust the matter to a dry cleaner.
The oldest and at the same time effective method, which is suitable for any type of tulle and chiffon fabric. Do not use iodized and sea salt. What is needed is the cheapest – common table salt. The recipe is very simple:
- 4 liters of water;
- 4 tablespoons of salt;
- 100 g of ordinary washing powder.
The salt solution should be stirred and the tulle dipped into it. You should soak for 3-5 hours, if the curtains are very dirty, then for the whole night. After, it is enough to simply rinse.
Using salt, you can refresh the tulle, which has not yet lost its whiteness. The recipe will be even simpler: 5 tablespoons of salt per 5 liters of water. After washing, you should soak the tulle in a saline solution for 15-25 minutes.
A nice and simple way that is perfect for kitchen tulle. It is necessary to take 2 tablespoons of soda and mix them with 100 g of powder in 3 liters of warm water. Another advantage of this method is time, it can really be done quickly. Soaking requires only 20-25 minutes, and then you can wash by hand or in a machine according to the requirements of the fabric.
There is another recipe, especially relevant if the yellowed tulle was in the kitchen and is contaminated mainly with fatty products. It is necessary to take 250 g of soda for 5 liters of water. The tulle can be previously rubbed with household soap or a gentle kitchen detergent. However, it is necessary to pay attention to the suitability of the fabric, this method is perfect for cotton and nylon. Soaking in a soda solution will take 3 hours, after which it is necessary to wash thoroughly by hand or in a washing machine.
Whitening with the help of blue
A method that is gradually going down in history. Nowadays, it’s easier to find thrifty synthetic bleach than good old blue. However, this method has been tested for generations and is completely hypoallergenic, that is, it is used for veils, tulle or curtains in the nursery. The most difficult stage is to find a remedy, the bruise is sold only in some stores.
The recipe is quite simple, when washing in a washing machine, it is enough to pour 1-2 capfuls of blueberry into the rinse aid compartment. It remains to add standard powder, select a program and that’s it. After the machine is finished, you can remove the perfectly white curtains.
The original grandmother’s recipe is a little more complicated. The main purpose is to blue the solution, half a teaspoon of blue is enough for 7 liters of water. Next, everything should be thoroughly mixed until completely homogeneous. And make sure there are no lumps. This is the most important point. Any clot or local increase in concentration will lead to the appearance of stains on the tulle, which are difficult to remove. It is necessary to place the tulle in a homogeneous solution and rinse it thoroughly, and then wash it already in clean water.
An old folk recipe, which is also associated with small risks. It revives the tulle, which has turned yellow over time, will add whiteness to the old, already gray material. However, it is important to withstand the recipe, namely:
- Mix 5-10 drops of green tea well in a glass of warm water;
- let stand for 3-5 minutes;
- check the presence of sediment, if it is present, stir again and let it settle again;
- if the sediment remains after several procedures, the solution should simply be filtered;
- having made sure that there is no sediment, you can pour the product into the rinsing container at the rate of 1 cup per 7 liters.
Clean, pre-washed tulle should be placed in a container with a solution of green tea. It is important to monitor the soaking time, no more than 5 minutes. It is recommended to turn the tulle several times. Immediately after the end of 5 minutes, it is necessary to quickly remove the material and hang it up, allowing it to drain and dry. However, if the tulle is overstretched or the solution itself was prepared with sediment, then the appearance of green discharges is possible.
Aqueous alcohol and peroxide
An ideal solution that will return the original white color of curtains and tulle made of cotton fabric. It is better not to use this method for synthetic materials.
The recipe is quite simple, cheap, fast, the main thing is to ensure ventilation in the room.
It is necessary to take ammonia and 3% hydrogen peroxide. Water for rinsing should be heated to 60-70 degrees. For 5 liters of hot water, you will need 3 tablespoons of peroxide and 1 tablespoon of ammonia. The material will be bleached in the solution for about half an hour. All that remains is to get the tulle and rinse it well in clean water.
Use of aspirin, starch
The grayness of the material will help remove ordinary aspirin. The method is universal for all types of delicate fabrics. The main thing is to do everything right and have about 5 hours of time. It is necessary to take 4 aspirin tablets and dissolve them in 5 liters of warm water. Then the fabric should be soaked for about 5 hours, periodically turning it over. After the aspirin bath, the material should be washed according to the recommendations on the label.
You can update tulle or delicate chiffon fabric with the help of starch. The method is especially effective in the fight against a yellow tint of any origin. First, it is necessary to prepare the material, preferably a light wash to remove the main impurities. Then you need to make a solution. 200 grams of starch are needed for 10 liters of water. It is extremely important to thoroughly mix everything, breaking the lumps.
Soaking the curtains will take all night, the effect appears after 4-5 hours and intensifies up to 8-10. After bringing the fabric to the linen, it should be simply hung to dry, there is no need to wring or rinse. The indisputable advantage of this technique is the effect of starch, the first time the fabric will be simply dazzling and keep its shape perfectly, as if only from the store.
Effectiveness of modern drugs
Any supermarket is full of a lot of products for effective and quick whitening. Manufacturers promise a lot, even if the tulle is gray and old, after washing it will look snow-white and keep its shape. Is it worth believing? Yes and no. There are drugs with different effects:
- Optical bleaches, they do not clean the fabric, do not remove yellowness. Their composition includes special white microparticles that settle on the fibers and give the illusion of perfect whiteness.
- Oxygen really cleans the fibers, but their mechanism is generally similar to bleaching with hydrogen peroxide. Some fabrics can quickly degrade and tear from such treatment.
- Bleach containing chlorine or aggressive substitutes. They will act like rust on steel, simply destroying the fibers of the fabric. Synthetic fabrics and organza fail especially quickly.
However, one cannot fail to note a number of advantages. Usually bleach can be combined with machine washing. The result will appear quickly, you will not have to dilute the solutions or soak the tulle overnight. It is most effective to use commercial bleaches on cotton fabric, this will give a good result and at the same time will not greatly reduce the service life.
Gray tulle can become snow-white again. It is enough just to choose the right whitening method, follow the recipe and instructions. There is nothing difficult in resuscitation of even the dirtiest and yellowed materials.
Most often, at home, you can achieve a result similar to dry cleaning with actually improvised methods. Moreover, without using aggressive chemicals that can act as an allergen and destroy fabric fibers.