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April 10, 2013

Garment Care: Keeping White Clothes White

Under the guise of ‘garment care’ here is a little post about how I keep my white clothes crispy white and bright.
I rather spend as little time of my life as possible working on household chores, so let’s not call this a laundry routine shall we? Oops, too late for that now.

/ washing
-Separate your laundry. Incorrect laundry sorting will make your clothes look dingy. So make sure you fill your washing machine with whites only, even light grey and
pastel garments will lose some of their dye in the washing process, and these dyes will cling on to your white fabrics.
-Make sure you read the labels, wash delicate fabrics like silk and wool separately by hand.
-The non delicate fabrics, specially cottons and linens can be washed in high temperatures (unlike colorful garments, that will lose their color in too hot water).
-A few minutes into the washing cycle, add some diluted bleach with water. I just use a little splash of about 50ml with 3 times as much water.
Don’t throw in the bleach directly, it is a strong chemical that can damage the fabric or cause uneven stains. A less toxic alternative is to add baking soda and vinegar instead.

/ wearing
-What I do to keep my sweatshirts stain free is turn them inside out before I dig into that bowl of spaghetti. It works! And keeps the eventual splatters of tomato sauce on the inside and out of sight!
-It can be hard to wear long floor sweeping wide trousers in autumn or fall. At the end of the day the bottom can look quite disgusting. Best is to save these styles for dryer seasons.
-Besides stains, white garments tend to get dingy on for example the cuffs of the sleeves. To keep your clothes looking crisp and clean, one must take a bit more drastic measures;
Touch less. It may seem like an impossible task, but it is just a little change of habits. I stopped leaning against the glass walls at the tram stop, don’t rest my wrists on the shop
counters anymore and don’t open doors in public spaces by leaning against them with my whole body arms and elbows. All these places rub off a tiny bit of dirt,
which will make your clothes grimy at the end of the day. This specially helps for items like coats and jackets that don’t get washed often, it can even save you an extra trip to the dry cleaners.

54 responses to “Garment Care: Keeping White Clothes White”

  1. Jaeger says:

    going to apply all this to my dirty white beadspread!


  2. Great tutorial ! Thanks for sharing !
    XX Luba


  3. Betti says:

    Haha after the beautiful pictures I actually feel like doing laundry.
    My problem is more keeping black black. Somebody suggested putting a little colouring in the wash with all the blacks like once a year.

  4. So useful tips!!! πŸ™‚
    Thank you very much for sharing them!


  5. such a helpful post white clothes can be such a hassle at times x

  6. Amy says:

    het zijn erg goede tips!
    Ik ben wel goed in het sorteren van de was; en het uitdoen van mijn trui or whatever als ik pasta eet…. maar daar houd het een beetje mee op…. voor de rest ben ik te lui aangelegd πŸ˜‰

  7. HONEY says:

    love this post, such useful tips!

  8. Rebecca says:

    think I should take your advice for my new white shoes, they already look 6 months old..x

  9. Nicole says:

    @ Betti: use about a cup of vinegar in the rinsewater of your washer!
    It keeps your clotes dark and your washer clean.

  10. Shug Avery says:

    I always tend to avoid wearing white garments because I am always afraid to dirty them but now that I have your tips I’ll be more careful ! I particularly appreciated the tips on how to wash white clothes, it’s not like I don’t know how to wash ahaha but seeing my clothes turning greyish was never a thing I really liked so now I’ll definitely apply your advices !

    Thank you again

    Shug Avery of Incognito

  11. Thank you very much! Good tips!

  12. Eva says:

    THe best tip ever, I never seem to keep my white clothes white πŸ˜‰ xx

  13. Álvaro says:

    in each post you’ll get better and better, keep going you´re so inspiring!!

  14. Nathan Moy says:

    This is actually a really good tip. My mom taught me one similar that is to use a cotton swab and dab with diluted bleach and dab on areas that need whitening (usually the ribbing collars on tees or jumpers that turn yellow-ish from sweat, ewww lol) and let it set for 10-15 minutes before throwing it into the washing machine, they come out looking NEW! even better than when it was bought, seriously!

  15. Amanda says:

    Great tips and now if only I could fill my closet with white garments πŸ™‚

    Ivania, have you considered making a post on minimalism interior?

  16. Thank you for this post! I am completely clueless when it comes to laundry related things, but my recent love affair with whites means I’ll need to learn – an easy task with these tips.

  17. Handige tips zeg!

    Ik krijg het namelijk altijd voor elkaar om binnen 5 minuten vlekken op mijn witte kleren te krijgen :p


  18. ODYSSEY says:

    Smart tips!
    Another alternative to bleach is a little tip I learned years ago: a few aspirins in the wash will also help maintain whites. I don’t know how it works but it does.
    Borax powder is also helpful.

  19. wllwproject says:

    Great post… I’ve always wondered how you kept your white garments so flawless looking because I certainly couldn’t no matter how hard I tried!

  20. Jouw kleren zijn inderdaad altijd crispy clean! Heel stom, maar dit topic doet me een beetje denken aan Herman den Blijker voor Robijn… πŸ˜‰

    X Marjolein – Never Too

  21. casper+pearl says:

    love this post, adoring your blog!
    would love to see you wearing casper&pearl one day!

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    casper&pearl blog

  22. Maria says:

    “The non delicate fabrics, specially cottons and linens can be washed in high temperatures (unlike colorful garments, that will lose their color in too hot water).” Pure cotton garments + bed linen that have heavy dye and prints should be washed in high temperature cause otherwise the colours might dilute together. Noticed this on a fancy 100% cotton print shirt that I had, it should be washed in 60 degrees! Checked it with my fashion designer roommate and she said it’s correct. So remember to follow the washing instructions in this case too.

  23. Anna Evers says:

    Thank you so much for this tips!
    You have such a great blog and your style is so unique and stylish!


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  24. antonia says:


    great from Poland

  25. Mona Hux says:

    I’m so bad at looking after my white clothes. Must do better!

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  27. Anonymous says:

    BEST tip ever for getting out ANY tomato-based ‘oops:’

    original Dawn (dishwashing detergent.)

    Seriously…just dab it on the ‘oops’ and don’t worry about it ’til you wash. It can dry on there (unlike most pre-treats,) doesn’t matter. And it doesn’t seem to affect the color of your clothes. Although I usually only freak out about spag/pizza/etc oops on light colors.
    It has to be ‘original’ Dawn, though. The blue stuff.

    It even works (usually) with old stains. Sometimes you have to scrub it into them a bit, though. Or wash twice.
    ‘Resolve’ pre-treat (the yellow bottle) works well for everything else. But don’t let it sit more than 5 minutes on anything colored…I’ve had it remove the color (somewhat) of the garment.

    Anyway, try the Dawn thing next time you accidently get a daub on your clothes. It’s pretty amazing.

    P.S. LOVE your blog!!!


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  30. mrdobi seo says:

    A great place to wash your clothes, if you’re rushing for time, is Coin Laundry Singapore (aka Mr Dobi). Their machines are fast and it’s really time-saving.

  31. Jess Holmes says:

    These are great tips! I had a really hard time keeping my white clothes looking fresh when I was still using my really old washer. I finally upgraded to a samsung washer, but these tips will still come in handy! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Thanks for sharing this information in your blog.

  33. Smith Alen says:

    Excellent and very informative post has been given to us. Really, the linen clothing is most cherish and comfortable clothing rather than other kinds of clothings. These can be worn irrespective of weather or climate conditions.

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  37. Daphne Lim says:

    I truly agree with you that Incorrect laundry sorting will make your clothes look dingy. So we must have to choose the right kind of mix.
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  39. Anonymous says:

    A Certified Bosch technician looked at my washing machine and asked if I ever used vinegar. To my “occasionally”
    response, he informed me that it was wearing out the rubber around the edge that keeps water in!

  40. Anonymous says:

    I too have a harder problem keeping blacks “black”, even with The Laundress’ “darks” detergent. HELP!

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  44. Unwin Tony says:

    Both Men and women have a huge choice of clothes to choose from the online stores. Clothes need extra care and protection so that they can last for years. My new white Kim Rogers dress is very soft and will definitely take proper care to keep it safe. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Eton says:

    I suggest people should wash their white clothes separately from colored ones. Because there is no guarantee which clothes are not colorfast, they leave their color on the white ones. Thanks for the tips. I really liked them all and keep sharing the useful information like these.

    Robert Green

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