White Shirt Turned Yellow in Wash

I soaked my white cotton shirt in cold water with detergent overnight then washed it, but observed subtle yellow tones in some places! This is a beautiful white shirt that cost a lot of money and I don't want to dye it or not wear it. How can I get back the perfect white color? I tried bleach, but it does not work, even though the instructions say no bleach. It also says to wash in cold so I am afraid to try hot water with bleach. Please help.

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August 29, 20110 found this helpful
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Bluing is an old remedy that works to remove yellow stains from whites, especially if they are caused by water and washing rather than by something spilled on the item. You can find Mrs. Stewart's Bluing in the laundry section of stores.

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August 27, 20110 found this helpful

You could try washing it by itself with 2-3 Shout Color Catcher Sheets. The package says one, but I have found 2-3 work better. This product is available in the laundry aisle at the supermarket. Air dry the shirt, as the dryer sets stains. Another possibility is Rit's Color Remover. Follow the package directions. Hope this helps.

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August 30, 20110 found this helpful

Try using peroxide to soak the item in. then launder with bluing in the rinse.

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But don't use too much or it might stain the item blue. Mix the bluing in the water before adding clothing

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August 16, 20120 found this helpful

If the stains are on the underarm part of the shirt, that's caused by wearing deodorant. I've heard that smokers usually get these stains because of the nicotine coming out in their sweat, reacting with the deodorant, but I don't know if that's true. Your best bet is to try either soaking in baking soda mixed with water or vinegar.

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