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How To Wash White T-Shirts

Want to learn how to save your favorite shirts from dinginess, yellowing, and pit stains? Our bright solutions will reveal help maintain your white t-shirts with every wash and keep them rotation for longer. Wondering how to wash a white t-shirt, or how to treat stains on a white t-shirt? We've got all our secrets tee'd up, below.

Step 1: Sort It Out

A key step to achieving beautiful whites is washing them separately from other fabrics. Sort laundry before washing, separating your white t-shirts (plus white socks and underwear) from the rest of your t-shirts and clothing. Beware of colorful items that may sneak into your load, such as a rogue sock or two! (Read our guide on how to sort laundry here) Separating your white tees from other fabrics will help to prevent dye and lint transfer that can build up over time to make fabrics look dim and dingy.

A person uses The Laundress fragrance-free Stain Solution and The Laundress Stain Brush to remove a stain from a white garment.

Step 2: Pretreat Stains

Treat stains with our Stain Solution. Focus on stain-susceptible areas like underarms and collars. These areas tend to have buildup from sweat, deodorant, makeup, and other products that can cause yellowing over time. Taking the time to pretreat even unseen stains will help maintain brighter fabrics over time.

Step 3: Soak, Soak, Soak

Presoaking can be a key step in achieving your goal of ultra-bright whites. Run a bath of hot water and fully submerge the item. Allow it to soak for 30 minutes or until satisfied, then wash. This method is suitable for durable, white or very light-colored fabrics such as cotton and poly.

girl sorting white laundry from dark laundry with the laundress whites and darks detergents in foreground

Step 4: Machine Wash

To machine wash, use warm or hot water on a normal cycle. Add in the appropriate amount of Whites Detergent depending on the load size. This expert-crafted, brightening bio-based formula contains a powerful triple enzyme blend for fighting stubborn stains.

Step 5: Hang High to Dry

Utilize the sun and line dry items outside if possible! Sunlight can act as a natural whitener. Considering most fabric damage occurs in the dryer, it's best to air dry whites whenever possible. If you must machine dry, use a lower-heat setting and toss in Wool Dryer Balls to cut down on static.

Girl taking white laundry out of a dryer with the laundress Whites Detergent next to the machine