White! Such is the ring of this color that once uttered it makes everything look clean, clear and pious. This color speaks wisdom and knowledge. This can be proved from the fact that Gandalf the Grey (of Lord of The Rings fame) had to undergo quite a turmoil to become Gandalf the White - in order to be superior. White is considered the holy color of Christianity. But in regular life, white is just sexy. It complements the body and gives an appeal that is oh-so-wow. You can team up white with any color you want and work up an enviable look. However, this color just happens to love stains. It attracts them like a magnet and then stays happily with them, refusing stubbornly to part. Haven’t you found yourself spilling more than usual on a white-dress-day? And getting those stains out of that color is scariest of all tasks. Even when there are no stains, there is the agony of dullness which comes with time and repeated washes. Both the problems point to one solution - bleaching. See how it is done and relight the dazzle in your whites.
Know Your Clothes
Not all clothes are bleach-friendly. You must try bleaching only those clothes which are made of fibers. Most natural fibres cannot take the stress of concentrated bleach and disintegrate in the bleaching process, if soaked for a long time. Some fabrics are also non-bleachable - like polyester. To test such fabrics, you need to do a patch test with a little of the diluted bleach solution and wait about 10 minutes to see if there is any change. The process of bleaching also depends upon the color of the fabric. Although the resultant color for white after bleaching will be a brighter white, under normal circumstances, the resultant color of any other shade cannot be known with similar surety.
Sort Them Out
While you can choose to bleach clothes, depending upon the bleach ability of their material and color, you must sort out white clothes separately from the others. The general idea of this article is to bleach white and since the result of bleaching whites is known, you can bleach all whites together. However, other colors have to be done separately from each other. Never use bleach on elastic or spandex type clothing.
Diluting Is A Must
Don’t even think about using concentrated bleach for the process. You will just end up burning, disintegrating or harming your clothes irreparably. Dilute the bleach as per the directions on the bottle or else take help of people who have some prior experience in doing it. Generally the diluting is done in the ratio of 4 drops in ½ bucket of water. But if it the solution is too mild, then you can opt for 5 drops as well. You can always check your clothes for the effect and add more bleach into the solution if you feel the need to do so.
The most important factor to be considered while bleaching clothes is directions. Generally most of the clothes you buy come with instructions on bleaching. You cannot just bleach clothes randomly. Follow the instructions given with the particular apparel that you intend to bleach. If such instructions are missing, then you must fall back on the bleach container’s label to ascertain what kind of clothes can it be used for and how. But even if that doesn’t work for you—because there are no relevant instructions at the back of the bottle—the best would be to do patch test at a very obscure spot in your fabric and see how it reacts to bleach.