How to wash white clothes: a complete guide

Are you tired of struggling to keep your white clothes bright and stain-free? As a busy parent, we understand that maintaining the pristine appearance of your or your children’s white clothes can be a challenge. But, fear not! With our guide to washing white clothes, you’ll soon be an expert, and your white clothes bright. With the right techniques and knowledge, you can easily conquer the battle against stubborn stains and keep your whites looking fresh, vibrant and whiter than ever before. So, grab your laundry basket and let's dive into the world of white clothes washing.

How to wash white clothes

Step 1 - Sorting and preparing white clothes for washing

When it comes to washing white clothes, the first step is to sort and prepare. Washing whites together and separately from colours will help to ensure your white clothes stay white. To prevent colour transfer mishaps, start by separating your white clothes from coloured garments. Additionally, it’s advised that you also check the care labels on your white clothes to look out for any specific instructions. Some delicate fabrics may require special attention and should be washed separately. Lastly, take a moment to pre-treat any visible stains using Vanish stain remover or alternatively using it in wash as part of your regular wash. By following these steps, you'll be well on your way to achieving stain-free white clothes that look as good as new.

Sorting and preparing white clothes for washing

Step 2 - Choosing the right wash temperature to wash white clothing

Even though setting washing machine temperature to a hot or warm temperature is considered ideal to break down and remove stains, with Vanish Oxi Action Crystal white powder, you can remove tough stains even at 20 degrees, leaving your white garments looking whiter. If you're dealing with delicate fabrics, it's again best to opt for a lower temperature to prevent any damage. Make sure to check out the washing instruction symbols on your clothes for the recommended washing temperature.

Step 3 - Selecting the appropriate product for white clothing

Choosing the right product when dealing with stubborn stains or enhancing the whitening effects is important. Consider Vanish Oxi Action Crystal white powder that contain whitening agents that can help keep your whites looking bright and fresh and remove stains effectively in addition to your usual detergent. There are a few reasons why your whites may not be looking their best. You can find some tips about how to maintain your whites and prevent it from happening in the future. Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder can be used to keep your whites pristine, alongside the Oxi Action Crystal Gel for delicate garments. When using these detergents, it is important to follow the instructions correctly. Our guide to whitening without bleach is also a handy read!


Oxi Action Crystal White Powder

Oxi Action Crystal White Powder

Oxi Action Crystal White Gel

Oxi Action Crystal White Gel

Step 4 - Loading the washing machine with white clothing

Now that you have organised your white clothes and chosen the right wash temperature, laundry detergent and whitening product, it's time to load them into the washing machine. When loading the washing machine, make sure to place the sorted white clothes inside, taking care not to overcrowd the machine. Overcrowding can prevent proper agitation and thorough cleaning of the garments. If you're washing delicate items, consider using a mesh laundry bag to protect them from getting tangled or damaged.

Step 5 - Running the wash cycle for white clothing

Once you have loaded the washing machine with your white clothes, it's time to start the wash cycle. It’s important to select the appropriate cycle for white clothes. Although this cycle usually involves warm water and a longer duration to ensure effective stain removal, with Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White powder, you can remove tough stains even at 20 degrees. If you prefer hand washing, gently agitate the clothes in the warm water for a few minutes, making sure to cover all areas. Allow the clothes to soak for a while to loosen any remaining stains before proceeding with the wash. By running the wash cycle or hand washing your white clothes, you can ensure that they receive a thorough and effective cleaning.

Step 6 - Drying white clothes

After washing white clothes, it's time to dry them. Remove the clothes from the washing machine or sink and give each garment a gentle shake to minimise wrinkles. When drying white clothes, it's important to avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause yellowing. Instead, find a well-ventilated area to hang the clothes, allowing them to air dry naturally. If you prefer using a dryer, make sure to select a low heat setting to prevent any potential damage to the fabrics. By properly drying your white clothes, you can maintain their brightness and ensure they look as good as new.

Drying white clothes

Step 7 - Checking for stains and rewashing white clothing

Once your white clothes are dry, it's important to carefully inspect each garment for any remaining stains. Sometimes, stubborn stains may require additional treatment or rewash to completely remove them. If you notice any stains on your white clothes after drying, repeat the same process above. Avoid drying the clothes until the stains are completely removed to prevent them from setting in. By checking for stains and rewashing if necessary, you can ensure that your white clothes are truly pristine and stain-free.

Step 8 - Ironing and storing white clothes

After washing and drying your white clothes, the final step is to iron them and store them properly. Ironing helps to remove any remaining wrinkles and gives your clothes a crisp, polished look. Remember to set the appropriate heat setting on your iron for each fabric to prevent any damage. Once ironed, store your clean white clothes separately from coloured garments to avoid colour transfer. Consider using garment bags or acid-free tissue paper for long-term storage to maintain their brightness.

Ironing and storing white clothes


By following these step-by-step instructions on how to wash white clothes effectively, you can maintain the pristine appearance of your garments. Begin by sorting and preparing your white clothes, choose the right wash temperature and whitener, load the washing machine or sink properly, run the wash cycle or hand wash gently, and dry the clothes correctly. Remember to check for stains and rewash only if necessary, iron the clothes for a polished look, and store them separately from coloured garments. With a little care and attention, your white clothes will stay bright and beautiful for a long time.