How to Bleach Whites in a Washing Machine


Trying to keep your whites bright is a concern that everyone who does laundry can relate to. Nothing is quite as unattractive as a yellowed sock or T-shirt, and things like bed sheets and pillowcases can look dirty if they are not properly whitened. Keep your whites white by using a standard washing machine and bleach, which will keep your clothing fresh and as clean as possible. Say goodbye to nasty yellowed clothing, sheets and other machine-washable items.

Things You'll Need

  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach
  • Separate your whites from colored laundry. Some dyes used on clothing can bleed slightly onto white clothing, leaving a tint. Red clothing, especially, can damage whites by leaving a pink or yellow hue behind.

  • Load the washing machine with your white laundry, being sure not to overload the tub in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.

  • Open or slide out the detergent tray. Pour the recommended amount of a whitening laundry detergent into the appropriate section of the tray.

  • Carefully pour bleach into the section of the tray labeled "Bleach" up to the fill line. Do not go above the fill line, as this can cause spillage and staining of other clothing, rugs or other fabrics.

  • Run your washing machine as normal on the "Hot Water" setting. Hot water removes more dirt and will help keep your whites white.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use bleach on wool, silk, spandex or any dyed fabric.

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