Jump to content

How do you keep white clothes white?


  • Please log in to reply
27 replies to this topic

#1 jo-v

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:00 PM

I've just been given a load of lovely second-hand clothes for DD (2). Included were a couple of beautifully white t-shirts and a couple of dresses, so white they look brand new. DD wore one dress yesterday and it is already STAINED BEYOND BELIEF.

I have washed it with regular powder with that vanish/napisan stuff added to the wash AND sprayed it with the vanish spray. Dried it outside in direct sunlight and you can still see all the stains.  sad.gif

How do other people keep kids clothes white? Are my kids just particularly feral??? I must admit I'm not particularly precious about clothes and yesterday involved chocolate icecream and playing in a very dirty woodchip covered park.... (in my defence we were meeting friends for lunch which was why she was wearing a nice dress, knew within 10 minutes it was a bad move).

What's the secret???? Do you keep kids locked in a clean room when they wear white clothes and not feed them all day?  blink.gif

#2 Leggy

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:05 PM

Mum used to boil our school socks (white socks, polished black shoes...you get the picture.)

You can also soak things in bleach, though this will yellow them over time. To combat that, look for blueing liquid/powder near the laundry detergents.

#3 niggles

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:07 PM

Wrong thread.

Edited by niggles, 08 February 2013 - 04:08 PM.


#4 Bluenomi

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:07 PM

I leave them in the shop for other people to buy  biggrin.gif White clothes and kids are a complete disaster.

#5 Lifesgood

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:11 PM

Watching this thread with interest...

I did have some success with white vinegar and a couple of badly yellowed swimsuits recently.

#6 ~Supernova~

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:11 PM

Both my kids are beyond feral...

Every white load I throw in some oxyaction. For really filthy clothes I soak for up to a week, after spraying and scrubbing. DS had a white dress shirt he wore to a Christmas party that could no longer be identified as white...it came up absolutely spotless after I sprayed, rubbed in some oxyaction powder, scrubbed with my hands, then soaked for a week.

ETA after a long soak, I rub in some more powder, give another scrub, then wash. I've never had an issue.

My MIL uses some little yellow block that is supposedly great. Not sure what it is called, but I see it in Coles all the time in the laundry section.

Edited by Mareek, 08 February 2013 - 04:13 PM.


#7 Belinda18

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:12 PM

Anything with stains on it gets soaked overnight in a bucket of Napisan (actually I use the Aldi brand one). Then I pour the whole bucket in the washing machine, including the water, and wash as normal. Most things get clean that way, occasionally a baby poo disaster will need to be done twice. I've even got set in stains out of second hand clothes this way.

#8 Beancat

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:14 PM

sometimes it can take a couple of washes.  My routine, which seems to work for white and light clothes is

spray the affected area with stain remover and allow to sit for 5 mins

soak the garment for 12-24 hours in a bucket with nappy san

Wash on cotton wash, for my machine this takes 2 hours (front loader).  Add some extra nappy san to the normal detergent, ie about half a cap

Only wash whites with whites

Line dry in the sun

I have found I get a much better result since having a front loader

#9 Flaxen

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:20 PM

QUOTE (Mareek @ 08/02/2013, 05:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My MIL uses some little yellow block that is supposedly great. Not sure what it is called, but I see it in Coles all the time in the laundry section.


I believe thats the sard wonder soap. I used to use that to get the stains out of my horses white tail.

I soak my DD's white clothes with napisan, in hot hot water, and sometimes repeat it, and usually that works fine, then i just throw it in the wash.

#10 B-B-M

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:21 PM

The only way i can keep white clothes white is to never EVER let the kids wear them! EVER! LOL

Once they (DD2 inparticular) dirties something white, it can not be saved. I don't buy white clothes anymore.

Edited by B-B-M, 08 February 2013 - 04:21 PM.


#11 ~Supernova~

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

QUOTE (Flaxen @ 08/02/2013, 04:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I believe thats the sard wonder soap. I used to use that to get the stains out of my horses white tail.

I soak my DD's white clothes with napisan, in hot hot water, and sometimes repeat it, and usually that works fine, then i just throw it in the wash.


Nah, it's not Sard. It's some thing that's been around for donkey's years. From memory it is a little yellow block with white paper wrapped around the middle.

#12 ComradeBob

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

It's Sunlight Soap. It does work wonders on most, but not all stains, provided they're fresh. I don't tend to buy a lot of white clothes for DD though.



#13 Jaffacakes

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:38 PM

Hmm good to be reading this... DDs school uniform includes a white polo shirt (already slightly stained after two wears  rolleyes.gif ).

#14 Isu

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:49 PM

Anything with stains I squirt dishwashing liquid on the stain, leave for about 5 minutes and depending on the stain either throw it in the machine or soak it in the Aldi oxy-action laundry soaker thingy. Only works on fresh stains, if it has already been laundered and it is white I will squirt some bleach like white king onto the stain and leave for a couple of minutes and then rinse well.  If you don't rinse bleach well it can eat away the cloth.

#15 credence

Posted 08 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

Can I hijack just a bit - what about a white shirt with a school emblem on it that has gone a bit grey, any saving that?

#16 Copper and May

Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

I never wash my white tee shirts with all the rest of the wash, as I soak it overnight in Napisan and a bit of washing powder (biozet). The next day, I tip the lot into the washing machine and let it grow through the cycle on its own. I do this every time I wear it.

#17 Soontobegran

Posted 08 February 2013 - 05:22 PM

My steps to keeping whites white original.gif

* Always wash whites separately
*Soak all stained things in a bucket of cold water with Pink Oxyaction over night. Hot water can make the stain 'set'.
*Spray Pink Preen directly onto the stain before throwing them in the machine , I use cold water.
* Hang outside on the line in direct sunlight.

If the stain is something like red wine then I occasionally put a cap full of White King into the soak for the night.

#18 icekool

Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:34 PM

DS2! takes a few seconds to stain.

My steps:

1. For very stubborn stains, I use Sard Wonder soap (bar of soap) for about $2.50 from the laundry aisle. Rub it in with cold water. I never bother with the sprays (I don't find it concentrated enough).
2. Soak in Oxy Boost White King with COLD water - however long
3. Wash with COLD WATER OMO Extreme (gold box) in the washing machine.

Cold water removes stains in my experience.

#19 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

I think the soap block in question is EXIT stain block.  You can get it in Target.  

This one?

http://exitsoap.com.au/about-us/

I just oxy action everything for 2 days, then wash and sun.

Edited by lifehacker, 08 February 2013 - 07:43 PM.


#20 WizzFizz

Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:45 PM

Can I just ask, what bright spark of a person at my kids school decided that boys school uniform polo shirts should be white. I mean really, seriously ? Idiot. Must have been a man. or someone who never washes clothes. ohmy.gif

Thanks for all the washing tips though guys.



#21 RealityBites

Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:53 PM

Our girls have just started a school with white polo tops. Honestly. The 4yo's three tops are still not perfect, even after soaking in napisan, preening and sun drying. Will try some of these tips!

#22 Coffeegirl

Posted 08 February 2013 - 07:57 PM

DS plays cricket and has the dreaded white sports polo shirt for school sports (with coloured embroidered logo)

Spay with stain spray, soak in napisan and hot! hot! hot water for up to a week (or over school Christmas holidays if you forgot the bucket and DH put into the cupboard when guests arrived  wwhistle.gif )

Wash all whites on hottest cotton setting with napisan added and a dash of bleach.  Dry in full sun.

I also do DH's white and coloured business shirts in Hot wash, with a dash of bleach added and napisan added to normal powder.  Always come up a treat.  

Everyday wash is cold with Omo or Tide.  



#23 iwanttosleepin

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:05 PM

My kids school uniform has white shirts!
A white polo (with logo) for the first 2 years and then a white dress shirt with tie from year1.
WTF were they thinking - who makes a 3 year old boy wear a white shirt?  

I wash their shirts separately once a week in very hot water and with some laundry bleach.  they are still not that white anymore.

#24 Monket

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:15 PM

I agree, hot water makes all the difference.  I spray if the stain is really bad, wash in hot, hot, hot water with napisan and washing liquid and then hang in the sun.  If that hasn't worked, I do it a second time.  I love white and my kids wear a lot of white and their clothes are still really white.

#25 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 08 February 2013 - 08:43 PM

Agree with the hot, hot water.  I am going to start soaking mine for longer now.  I thought 2 days was a lot but maybe not.

I have a lot of white manchester that gets really dirty but it looks so nice when it's crisp and white.

Thank goodness our school shirts are dark.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

Win Love Child Season 1 & 2 on DVD

To celebrate the release of Love Child Season 2 on DVD from July 9, Essential Baby and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are giving away Love Child Season 1 & 2 on DVD to 13 lucky winners.

10 things I wish my pre-baby self knew

I look back at my pre-baby self and laugh at how ridiculously easy I actually had it. I remember complaining about how tired I was and how little time I had.

Creative ways to store your child's art

Ideas for storing your child's artworks have moved on from sticking them to the fridge door before guiltily dumping them in the bin.

Child abuse ignored because 'it's not your children': Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly takes apart the immigration law that's designed to "protect politicians"

How a newborn niece changed star Australian basketballer's life

In August 2013 star basketball Abby Bishop was 24-years-old and in the prime of her sporting career.

Guilt is my new shadow

No one warned me that when I gave birth there would be an additional side order of guilt.

12 brilliant Ikea hacks for kids’ rooms

Check out these creative upcycling ideas that transform regular Ikea items into something special for your little ones.

Child's nightmare about 'man with a light' turned out to be real

For three days, a three-year-old boy had been saying there was "a man with a light" outside his window at night.

Toilet truths after giving birth

The thought of going to the toilet after giving birth is often feared, but there are ways to make it less painful.

Woman asks strangers for $1 million to stop her having an abortion

An anonymous woman is taking an extreme moral and ethical stand by seeking $1 million in donations to prevent her going ahead with a planned abortion.

How a woman's dying wish made another woman a mum

"I kind of think about, 'What did I do beforehand? What kept me so busy back then?' Because now I'm really busy."

The parenting do-over: what six parents did differently second time around

In playgrounds across Australia, you can hear parents lamenting, "When we have our next baby I swear I won't be doing THAT again".

A solo birth, a wasp swarm and a forest fire: mum and baby's amazing story of survival

Desperate, out of petrol and low on food, a new mother lit a fire in the hope of attracting attention.

Boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

The story was chilling and heartbreaking: a three-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

Child's play and laughter help battle fatigue

Feeling fatigued? Uh-huh, thought as much. Join the queue.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

The Australian baby with 100,000 Facebook fans

She may be only eight months old, but Egypt has already amassed more than 100,000 fans and received a letter from royalty - Hollywood royalty that is.

Tongue tie: what you need to know

Tongue and lip tie can lead to many problems for babies - and their parents. Here are the signs of tongue tie and how it's treated.

My daughter is small but that doesn't matter

My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

27 funny ultrasound pictures

Ultrasounds give you a look at your growing baby ... and sometimes what appears to their womb-buddy, or your bub in an amusing position.

What all parents should know about safe babywearing

A picture of Ryan Reynolds always gets the girls talking, and a recently shared photo has done exactly that - but this time, it's for all the wrong reasons.

Baby's head shape reveals potentially fatal condition

Thinking her baby just had an unusually shaped head, a mother was shocked to discover it was instead linked to a dangerous condition.

Why IVF success rates may not be what you think

Transparency, accountability and responsibilityare essential measures to protect IVF vulnerable patients.

Mother-in-law 'from hell' inspires survival guide

The happily ever after Nicola Milan had imagined wasn't to be – and she blames her mother-in-law.

Owning a pair of nail scissors does not make me a hairdresser

It's been a whole year since sleeping in until 10am. A whole year since having a peaceful shower.

The 83 children who were tragically let down in the last decade

Over a 10-year period, 83 children died from domestic violence abuse in NSW, with three quarters of the victims aged five years or under, the NSW Ombudsman has revealed.

Is it reasonable to expect your partner to give up drinking in pregnancy?

From the moment that I fell pregnant with my son, I realised just how much my life had already started to change.

Stroke victim joins class action against makers of popular contraceptive pill

"I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."

Sexy time

Why you should get excited about scheduling sex

Unfortunately, the belief that sex should always be spontaneous is a myth. It just isn't.

When newborn photoshoots get messy

When it comes to newborn photoshoots, it is all about the timing.

Expert Q&A: Gross motor skill development in toddlers and preschoolers

Dr Katie Heathershaw answers questions about jumping, toe walking, riding a bike and being pigeon toed.

'Samuel is our firstborn, and he will never be forgotten'

Having lost their firstborn at one day old, the Carrolls were overjoyed to welcome their daughter Isobel into the world a year later.

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

Name your baby Quinoa, win a $10K gift card

Choosing a name for your little bundle of joy is always a major decision. It can be something traditional, trendy, creative … or inspired by the menu of your favourite chain restaurant.

On the 10th anniversary of my son's death

This day marks a significant day. Today marks 10 years since I lost my son Kai.

'Help - my toddler hits me!'

My toddler has started hitting when he gets frustrated, is feeling ignored, or just thinks it might be fun.

The top 6 misleading parenting terms

From 'morning sickness' to 'the terrible twos', there are many parenting terms that are misleading.

When 'good' nannies go bad

While most nannies take pride in their work, there can be some who have a hidden side.

Woman hospitalised for skinny jeans injury

Beware: skinny jeans might be bad for your health.

Gauze seeding: the bacteria-breeding birth trend

A number of women having caesarean deliveries are now taking steps to give their baby a better 'microbiome' start in life.

Jimmy Fallon writes new children's book for dads

Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recently wrote a children's book about every father's secret wish for their baby's first word to be "dada" - not "mama".

28 names for babies born in winter

Looking for some baby name inspiration for a bub born during the colder months? Here are 28 options from around the world to consider.

 

FREE TICKET

Get your FREE ticket to the Baby & Toddler Show

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.