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How to wash white clothes

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Separate out your white clothes from clothes with any colors on them. Whites should always be washed separately from other clothes to prevent colors transferring to and staining them.[1] Make sure to separate out any whites with colors on them as well, to keep them from bleeding onto all-white clothes.[2]Even lightly colored clothes (like beiges and pastel colors) can bleed into your whites. Make sure to separate these clothes from your whites, too.[3]Image titled Wash White Clothes Step 2 2
Sort your whites by fabric type to wash them in different temperatures. Put all of your sturdy fabrics, towels, jeans, cottons, and clothes containing manmade fibers into one pile. Then, put all your delicate fabrics, including silk, lingerie, Spandex, and activewear, into a different pile. You’ll wash your sturdy fabrics in warm water and your delicate fabrics in cold water.[4]
Fabric type will also determine what laundry setting your clothes should be washed on. Wash your sturdy fabrics on Quick Wash or Heavy Duty if they’re heavily soiled and wash your delicate fabrics on Delicates or Hand Wash.
Sorting your fabrics this way allows you to wash your clothes at the hottest temperature they can tolerate without being damaged.
Tip: If you aren’t sure how to sort an item, check its tag. Tags and clothing labels provide washing instructions for water temperature, washing cycle, and whether or not you can use bleach.

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Divide your sorted whites into additional piles based on filth level. Place heavily soiled clothes into one pile, moderately dirty clothes into a second pile, and relatively clean clothes into a third pile. This prevents dirt, food, and other debris on soiled white clothes from staining other white clothing.[5]For example, if a white shirt is caked with mud after spending an afternoon gardening, separate that particular shirt from cleaner, brighter-looking whites.

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