How to Whiten Yellowed Blouses

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A sparkling, crisp white blouse can scream professionalism or elegance or complete a classic ensemble. However, a yellowed blouse gives a look of dinginess, giving your appearance a certain un-kept, careless exterior. It is possible though, to return a blouse to the bright white state that you bought it in, without resorting to paying a professional dry-cleaner. Blouses tend to be made out of cotton, linen or silk and you can whiten these fabrics yourself at home.

Things You'll Need

  • Small basin
  • 4 tbsp. soap flakes
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3 dry towels
  • Iron
  • 1/4 cup bleach
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

Silk Blouses

Fill a small basin with warm water. Add a soap flakes. Mix the water and the soap with your hand.

Dunk your blouse in the water. Very gently rub out any stains or particularly yellowed spots with your fingers.

Rinse your garment in lukewarm water.

Fill the basin again with warm water. Add 1/4 cup white vinegar. Mix the water and vinegar together with your hand.

Dunk your blouse into the mixture and swish it around until it is well saturated. Rinse with clean water.

Roll your blouse up in a dry towel. Gently squeeze the towel to absorb excess moisture. Repeat with a second towel. Leave the blouse in the second towel until you are ready to iron it.

Iron your blouse when damp. Silk left to air-dry will become yellow.

Cotton or Linen Blouses

Fill a small basin with warm water and two tbsp. soap flakes. Mix the water and soap together well.

Place your linen or cotton blouse in the water and carefully rub out stains with your fingers. Concentrate on the neck, cuffs or armpits, or anywhere there is excessive yellowing.

Rinse your blouse with lukewarm water.

Fill the basin with clean, warm water. Add 1/4 cup bleach, 1/4 baking soda and a sprinkling of soap suds. Mix all the ingredients together with your hand until they are well combined

Dunk your blouse in the water and swish it around. The yellowing should lift right out.

Rinse linen blouses in cold water. Rinse cotton blouses in hot water and then cold water.

Allow your blouse to drip dry on a hanger or drying rack for 10 minutes and then roll it in a towel to absorb excess moisture. Leave the blouse in the towel until you're ready to iron it.

Iron either type of blouse when damp. Due to the fact that linen dries quickly, keep a damp rag nearby to pat on to the blouse as you're ironing.

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