Yellowed Cotton Clothing

How do I make white undershirts white again after they turn yellow?

By Mary Lou from Flanders, NJ

May 29, 20100 found this helpful

Use Mrs. Stewart's "Bluing" in your rinse cycle. Don't put too much in or it will stain "bluish" spots, just a few gradual washings using the "bluing" in all of your white washes and you'll see brilliant, white clothing.

Even if there are bluish spots, they'll eventually wash away, they're not permanent stains.

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May 30, 20100 found this helpful

Use no chlorine bleach, directions on container, good luck.

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June 2, 20100 found this helpful

I would bleach them. Hanging them in the sun after washing might help as well.

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June 2, 20100 found this helpful

I have used Clorex bleach liquid, oxiclean small amount of hot water in a bucket and let them soak. For a larger amount of clothing, fill washer on low, put above in, agitate then drop clothing in. Make sure enough water to cover clothing. Stand there and agitate for about 5 minutes, shut machine off. Let soak about 20 minutes, then restart washer from beginning, fill, add detergent, etc. I have the whitest shirts, dish towels, etc.

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How do you clean a white cotton turtle neck shirt that has yellowed?

Mslipp from Laguna Niguel, CA


Yellowed Cotton Clothing


My sister has had a lot of good luck removing stains from white cotton fabric by-

  1. washing garment and placing it in the sun to dry
  2. washing garment and putting a little diluted lemon juice on the stain and putting it in the sun to dry

Good luck! (09/09/2007)

By metroplex

Yellowed Cotton Clothing

My mother used to clean my yellowing white cotton shirts collar by soaking the collar in a diluted detergent then placing the part of the garment dipped in the detergent in the sun for at least two hours and then machine or hand wash. (10/28/2008)

By Andre

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