White Tuxedo Shirts Turned Yellow

My daughter works at an upscale restaurant where they wear white tuxedo (tailored) shirts and hers have yellowed considerably. We used clorox for the food stains as I do in all of my whites but this only worsened the yellowing.

ANY ideas how to get them back to the normal white color? I found the following information but I know that there MUST be a way to whiten these shirts as opposed to buying new ones, which are quite expensive. Thanks much!

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February 20, 20060 found this helpful

Here are the answers to a similar request. If the shirts are all cotton, bleach should be fine but if they are a mixture, which many things are these days, the Rit Dye remover might work the best.

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf520018.tip.html

Susan from ThriftyFun

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February 20, 20060 found this helpful

Besides the colour remover by Rit, there is also one by Tintex. Some whites can't take CHLORINE bleach because they are artificially whitened. The colour remover usually takes the garments back to their original bright white.There is also a product called something like (YELLOW OUT) that is very good. After you have gotten the yellow out, you could try peroxide or a non-chlorine bleach as an alternative.

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February 20, 20060 found this helpful

I collect antique table cloths. To clean them I soak them in a product called Biz(can be found in laundry detergent aisle) overnight and then add a little Tide with Bleach in the washer the next morning on delicate cycle. This usually cleans them well without damaging them. It may take a couple washes but should work.

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February 21, 20060 found this helpful

I have read two posts in my groups lately referring to this matter. One person suggested soaking over night in the hottest water possible with dishwasher detergent added to the water. Another swore by greased lightning to remove yellow stains from white shirts. I haven't tried either yet, but thought it was worth writing down for my future refrences.

brenda-ohio

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February 22, 20060 found this helpful

Wash them using Dreft Baby Detergent in HOT water. That will get the stains out and brighten your daughter's shirts.

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February 22, 20060 found this helpful

Try using bluing in the rinse water. This is an old method of whitening fabrics that our grandmothers used. See http://www.mrsstewart.com/ for more information.

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February 22, 20060 found this helpful

Try soaking them in a half and half solution of water and hydrogen peroxid. It works on vintage linens, which I collect. Vintage linens yellow with the use of bleach.

Good Luck!

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