My formerly white, thin linen button-down shirt is mostly a dingy grey on the sleeves and outer edges of the shirt. I tried soaking it for several hours in distilled white vinegar, which produced no results. A friend recommended using lester oil which she heard works wonders, but I am wary of the smell it will leave in the fibers. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks!
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One of my old standbys for many years has been Dishwasher compound (powder or liquid) and bleach. Add a small scoop or about 1/4 cup dishwasher compound to a pan or pail of hot water. Add 1/4 cup bleach, add items to be whitened or for stain removal. Soak 20 min - 1/2 hr then wash as usual. Works great on baby whites for removing stains as well but DO NOT USE on anything with colour trim. It will remove the colour from the trim as well.
When my clothes were getting that grey color, I was advised to use Borax. When I couldn't find that, I picked up Arm & Hammer So Clean and it works wonders. By my second wash, I can really see the difference!
The best way to get your whites really white is to hang them in the sun to dry.