Socks endure a lot of punishment and can be tough to get clean. This is a guide for getting socks really clean.
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Have trouble getting your white socks white and don't want to bleach them? Update that box of baking soda in the refrigerator and use the old one to soak your socks in.
Add one half cup and your detergent to a small level water load with your socks and let them soak for an hour then wash as usual. You have taken care of two jobs at once.
By latrtatr from Loup City, NE
I've used a bar of soap to wash my children's and grandchildren's socks for years and then throw in washer. It gets them as white as can be (even grass stains come out).
By C. Reep
Another good tip about socks (anklets or knee socks) is to buy at LEAST two pairs of the same size and color at one time. That way, with luck, the socks may wear out one at a time and you have a chance of still having a matched pair for a longer length of time.
Nett of NH
The reason most socks are white is because dye weakens fibers so white socks are stronger, I've been told. There is nothing better than the scrub board for getting them clean.
By Shirley from Dawson Creek, BC
I learned a trick when parenting newborn twins. I use either cold or warm water in the washing machine. After including my usual laundry detergent, I add 1/4 - 1 full cup of Borax. If the stains are really stubborn, I also add an equal amount of washing soda. I then soak for an hour or so. This has worked on everything from formula to mud.
By Nancy from Excelsior Springs, MO
Try ammonia instead of bleach, or even a 1/2 cup of baking soda and the Downy ball filled with white vinegar. One of those should work for sure.
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How can I keep white socks white? My children get them so dirty and even soaking in bleach doesn't work! Please help.
We also have play or work socks, that my husband wears to work and the kids play in. That way the newer white socks stay nicer longer and I don't worry about throwing out a pair of mud caked old socks!
Each time we get a new pack of socks we mark each of them with a stamp and fabric inks, a new stamp for each of the boy's socks, and an older "set" of socks gets "retired" to the play socks bin, plus I don't match up the play socks so the kids just go and get 2 socks. Plus with the stamps it makes it easy for the boys, who are 4 and 6, to match their own "new" socks. Boy does that sound anal retentive but it works for us!
Good Luck! (08/12/2005)
By Diana Fox.
Brandy from Detroit, MI
I've also used Mrs. Stewart's Liquid Bluing for brightening the whites that have gone yellow or gray. But be careful - you must always dilute bluing in cold water. You add it to the final rinse.