getting whites brighter

  1. Hey y'all:

    My student uniform will be whites (plus a hideous blue & white striped cobbler's apron), and I was wondering if anyone had advice to share, on keeping those whites bright looking, and not dingy.

    Has anyone tried oxyclean?

    Has anyone tried treating their whites with a scotchguard type spray, before wearing?

    Any useful hints for getting bodily fluids out of clothes?

    Thanks!
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   shudokan-RN
    I swear by Arm and Hammer with bleach alternative, and for whites I add clorox bleach too. cheap, smells great, and dissolves well. also adding borateem, if your water is hard helps
  4. by   Hardknox
    I soaked some yellowed vintage tablecloths, quilts, pillowcases and bureau scarves in Oxyclean and they came out looking like new, whiter than white and ALL old stains gone. I was amazed. It actually lived up to the hype!
  5. by   MelRN13
    Oxyclean is bad! It uses some sort of optical brighteners that can actually leave spots if cleaned with something else. (I only know this because of my fiance's former occupation in professional carpet cleaning.)

    I add Borax to my whites with my regular laundry detergent.
  6. by   RRMLPN
    living in podunk town , mo i had to use iron out on my uniforms and my other whites, it worked great and you can get it at wally world. I tried oxyclean and couldn't tell that it did much good.
  7. by   P_RN
    I guess depending on the minerals in your water, some stuff might not work as well.

    For REALLY dingy stuff I found 1 cup of dishwasher powder and 1 cup Clorox for a soak. edited to add I meant the soak is in hot water not just the bleach and electrasol

    It really works on 100% cotton. Oxyclean is OK I guess. The Arm and Hammer w/bleach has the same stuff as Oxyclean.
    Here we have VERY soft water. Everything works well. My SIL lives near the ocean and has very HARD water and says Oxyclean works wonders. Who knows.
    Last edit by P_RN on Mar 25, '03
  8. by   howie122832
    I use Oxyclean all the time!! I LOVE IT!
  9. by   majrn
    Try hydrogen peroxide to remove blood stains. Use it full strength and spot clean then launder the article of clothing as you normally would.
  10. by   cactus wren
    Tide with bleach seems to keep my white stuff sparkling....
  11. by   RNonsense
    Oxyclean in the wash did nothing for me. Oxyclean solution with water, however, is WONDERFUL for getting weird stuff outta carpets...
  12. by   sjoe
    Send them to the laundry.
  13. by   obeyacts2
    When regular detergent wont get stuff clean, I get a small amount of gel automatic dishwashing detergent and apply with a old toothbrush. Scrub the spot with the toothbrush then launder as usual. This has worked when color safe bleach and detergent together did not. Works esp well a food stains and probably poop too. My Dh is forever getting food coffee chocolate etc on the front of his sky blue uniform shirts.


    Lauura
  14. by   deespoohbear
    Your water content definitely makes a big difference. I live in the country and have a well and a very high iron content. We actually have two iron filters and a softener for our water. Before adding the second iron filter, Iron Out was my best friend. I have had pretty good success with Oxyclean for the most part. I am not a fan of Amway, but they use to make an awesome enzymatic based cleaner that would whiten anything. Can't recall the name of it now, but I used it to soak some vintage white linens and it really took the yellow out. Not sure if there is anything comparable in the stores today.

    Hydrogen peroxide is great for getting blood out. The sooner you can get it the peroxide on the blood stain, the better. Dawn dishwashing detergent is great for spot treating greasy spots on clothes before tossing them in the washer.

    Can't think of any other laundry tips right now. Best wishes.

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