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How to remove yellow stains from white shirts

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Whether it's from sunny picnics or energetic sports activities, your white garments can unfortunately lose their brilliance and acquire an unwanted yellowish tint as time goes by. But don't worry—there's a solution! By familiarizing yourself with the right fabric care and employing effective laundry techniques, you can successfully rejuvenate and uphold the vibrancy of your beloved white clothing.

In this guide, Electrolux Singapore will uncover the secrets of how to remove yellow stains from white shirts, covering key points such as:

  • What causes yellow stains on clothing.
  • 4 ways to whiten your white clothes that have yellowed.
  • How to store and protect white clothes.


Why do white clothes turn yellow?

White garments can develop a yellowish stain due to various factors, including the excessive detergent and fabric softener use, oxidation, deodorant stains, washing with hard water, or extended storage periods.

However, with the right approach to cleaning and laundering, you can not only mitigate but also prevent your beloved white garments from yellowing.

How to remove yellow stains from white clothes

Here are 4 methods you can employ to get rid of yellow stains on your white clothes:

1. Whitening solutions

Laundry whiteners are specially formulated to rejuvenate the appearance of fabrics. They excel in brightening whites and even removing color bleed from vibrant textiles.

When using a whitening product, it's essential to carefully adhere to the instructions provided on the packaging, as dosages might differ between brands. You have the option to use these solutions as a pre-treatment or alongside your usual detergent while running a wash cycle.

2. Oxygen-based bleach

Choosing oxygen-based bleach might take a bit more time, but it's an effective approach. Typically, white garments should soak in an oxygen bleach and water solution, following the instructions provided by the bleach manufacturer. After this soaking period, you can wash the clothes with standard detergent in a regular wash cycle.

Keep in mind that delicate fabrics such as wool, silk, or suede can be sensitive to oxygen-based bleach and might get damaged. It's a good idea to refer to your clothing's care label before proceeding, ensuring you make the right choice for proper care.

How to get rid of yellow stains on white shirts

Check your clothing's care label before washing to make the right choice for proper care

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3. Baking soda

Baking soda presents an excellent bleach-free alternative. You can utilize baking soda to whiten shirts that have yellowed in two ways:

1. Add baking soda directly into the washing machine before selecting a wash cycle. Avoid putting it in the detergent dispenser to prevent clogging.

2. Create a solution of baking soda and water to soak your white garments in for approximately an hour. Then proceed to wash them using a dedicated "whites" wash cycle.


4. Distilled white vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is another remarkable option to make yellowed white shirts white again. Not only does it have brightening properties, but it also neutralizes odors in fabrics. You can use it as a bleach-free pretreatment or as an additive in a standard wash cycle.

To pre-treat, mix hot water and white vinegar and allow your garments to soak. For an in-wash solution, simply add vinegar and detergent to your washing machine and select your desired setting.

Tips on how to maintain the whiteness of your clothes

Preventing the yellowing of white clothes involves a combination of smart choices and effective techniques. Here's how you can maintain the whiteness of your white clothes:

  • Separate loads: Wash white clothes separately from colored or dark fabrics to prevent color transfer.
  • Temperature matters: Use warm or hot water when washing whites to maximize cleaning power. Just be cautious with delicate fabrics prone to shrinkage.
  • Incorporate baking soda: In addition to cleaning refrigerators and cleaning ovens, adding baking soda to your detergent can boost the cleaning effectiveness and help preserve whiteness.
  • Air dry: Opt for air drying to avoid exposing whites to heat that might contribute to yellowing.
  • Follow care labels: Always follow the instructions on clothing care labels and the provided usage and care guides to ensure you're using the best practices.

How to whiten white shirts that have yellowed

With the right approach to cleaning and laundering, you can not only mitigate but also prevent your whites from yellowing

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • Can I use these methods for colored clothes?
    While these methods might work for colored clothes, proceed with caution! Always test the stain removal solution on a hidden seam or inner tag first. This way, you can check for any color bleeding or fabric damage before applying it to the visible stain on your colored clothing.
  • Is it safe to use bleach on white clothes?
    Bleach can be risky for white clothes. Regular chlorine bleach weakens fabrics over time. For whites, opt for oxygen-based bleach. It's gentler, brightens without damaging clothes, and is safer for everyday use on your white garments.
  • Should I take my white clothes with stubborn stains to a professional cleaner?
    Absolutely! Consider a professional cleaner for stubborn stains on white clothes. Their expertise and gentler cleaning methods are ideal for delicate fabrics or especially tough stains that you've been unable to tackle at home.
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