How to Bleach Curtains

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Curtains have come a long way. In fact long before the discovery of cotton or the invention of synthetic textiles, prehistoric man used animal hides as a way to block out sunlight and adorn their caves. These days manufacturers offer many different fabrics, colors and patterns to choose from when purchasing or making your own curtains. Nevertheless a tight budget may cause you to consider bleaching your curtains to lighten the color or remove stains. In fact ordinary household bleach or 3 percent hydrogen peroxide can do the job in minutes flat.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Household bleach
  • Clothesline
  • Bathtub
  • Sink
  • 3 percent hydrogen peroxide

Remove minor stains from white curtains by hanging them out in the sun. After washing the curtains in the washing machine with a cup of household bleach and a mild detergent, remove them and hang them on a clothesline outside. The sun has a tendency to make things fade, including stains.

Fill your bathtub halfway with hot water, and add one cup of household bleach. Allow your shower curtain to soak in the tub for approximately 20 minutes. Soaking will whiten and brighten your shower curtain, freeing it from mold and mildew stains. Rinse the shower curtain in warm water, and hang it out in the sun to dry.

Lighten dark colored curtains by filling your washer and adding one cup of bleach. Allow the washing machine to agitate, but stop the machine before it rinses. Soak the curtains in the bleach, and monitor the color change. Resume the rinse cycle when the curtains bleach out to the desired lightened color. Allow the curtains to drip-dry out in the sun.

Open your tap, plug the drain, and fill your kitchen sink halfway with hot water. Add a cup of household bleach. Soak the curtains in the sink for several hours to remove color. Allow darker colored curtains to soak in the sink overnight. Rinse the bleached curtains in warm water and drip dry.

Bleach lace curtains to remove yellowing using a hydrogen peroxide solution. Place the curtains in a sink of cold water, and add two cups of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to the water. Allow the curtains to soak for one hour, rinse and drip dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider spraying lemon juice on white curtains to bleach a stain. Hang the curtains out to dry in the sun afterward. The combination of the lemon juice and the sun will help to bleach the stain.
  • Do not put 100 percent cotton curtains in the dryer. Cotton shrinks and so will your curtains.
  • Be careful when using household bleach. Not only will it bleach your curtains, it will also bleach anything else it comes in contact with.

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