Cleaning whites can be challenging. Stains and yellowing are common issues. Some people turn to bleaching as a solution. While this harsh cleaner does often work, there are risks to consider. Here are some important factors to help you determine the best method for cleaning your whites.



Delicate fabrics should never be bleached. Even a small amount of bleach can eat the fabric, leaving you with scraps of material. More robust fabric can withstand bleach. However, be sure to dilute the bleach and do not leave the item soaking for a long period of time. Bleach may actually cause yellowing in some fabrics. Do some research on the specific fabric type and its reaction to bleach before using the product on your whites.



It is important to understand the dangers of handling bleach. It can burn the skin and will create spots on any fabric it comes in contact with. For example, if you are using bleach and it splashes onto your shirt, your shirt will have discolored spots. Be sure to always wear gloves and old clothing when handling this product. Read the warnings and instructions on the packaging of this product before use.



There are many alternatives to bleach. If you have a serious stain or yellowing that cannot be removed with basic washing, contact a professional cleaner. These individuals are specially trained in various cleaning methods and will most likely be able to remove stains and yellowing.


While many people use bleach to clean whites, it is a risky venture. You can easily destroy items with this harsh chemical. It is best to only use bleach on items that you do not mind losing, in case the item is accidentally destroyed. Bleach is not inherently a bad product. It simply needs to be handled with care. When you are washing white that are important to you, it is generally best to seek a professional cleaner.


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