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Cleaning Clothes That Have Yellowed?

What's the best way to get white and colored clothing clean after it's been hanging in a closet for ages and has yellowed? I don't want to use chlorine bleach. I am afraid of using bleach full strength.

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By gayle from Rochester, NY

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March 27, 20100 found this helpful
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I used to wear white uniforms. The best way to brighten and clean is to run through the washer with Lestoil. Then you'll have to wash again to get the smell out. Works wonderfully.

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October 15, 20170 found this helpful

Be careful when using chlorine bleach. Do not use it hot as it may be based on sodium hypochlorite which can
a) form chloramine byproducts which are yellow and permanent.

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b) in water, sodium hypochlorite reacts to form acidic products which damage cellulose fibres such as cotton and linen.
Therefore if bleaching cellulosics, do it in cold water and add a few spoonfuls of washing soda (sodium carbonate) to prevent acid formation and further yellowing. Let the clothes stay in the cold liquid for at least 24 hours. Wear gloves and be very careful not to get splashes in your eyes. Wear protective glasses. Rinse well and dry to examine if the discolouration has gone.

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March 22, 20180 found this helpful

Hang them on clothesline after washing and leave them hanging in the sun and at nite for weeks on end to a month and the yellow will be gone. Of course rehash and
They will be white as snow
Rain moonlight snow whatever will not hurt.

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April 23, 20190 found this helpful

Here is a Wikipedia link about Lestoil. It's made by the Clorox company.

en.wikipedia.org/.../Lestoil

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March 31, 20101 found this helpful
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Oxyclean is great for whites. You can leave things soak for days if necessary. I soaked a 50 year old tablecloth for 3 days and the stains finally came out. Unlike bleach, it does not dissolve the material.

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For colors soak (follow directions) in "Clorox 2, Stain Fighter & Color Booster". It's pricey, but gets out grease and blood from clothes. It is the best I've ever used on colors in 60 years of doing laundry.

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September 20, 20180 found this helpful

Oxyclean doesn't dissolve in cool water. do you use hot water? I've always heard hot water sets stain

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March 25, 20100 found this helpful

Best thing would be to hang the clothes in the sunshine to dry. Never use bleach full strength--it will burn holes in some fabric. But a little bleach may help brighten yellowed clothes--start with a small amount like 1/2 cup for a full load of laundry but just use bleach on whites.

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Try borax or washing soda for colors.

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March 27, 20100 found this helpful

Try Oxyclean or any of those products with the word Oxy in it. They really whiten!

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August 10, 20160 found this helpful

Good I shall check. Thanks.

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December 15, 20160 found this helpful

How to get yellow out of clothes

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July 16, 20170 found this helpful

How do I get yellow out of clothes that have been hanging in closet for ages

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