White is one of the biggest fashion trends of the season. All-white outfits are popping up like mad on my Pinterest feed while everyone from Garance Dore to Bittersweet Colors are posting articles on how to wear the trend. Recently I’ve gushed about white dresses on Twitter but from the responses I’ve received I can see that not everyone is with me on this one. It’s not that white isn’t pretty, it’s that it stains too easily and is too much work to keep really, really white. Well, you can embrace the white clothing trend this season because I’ve discovered how to get whites white again.
The Stained Shirt
Here in Los Angeles I’ve already pulled out all my white blouses, skirts and jeans from their winter storage. I came across my first white clothing problem quickly. My not-very-old white cotton Gap t-shirts had some strange phantom stains on the front. These weren’t brown or even yellow, they were pale blue-grey, and they drove me nuts.
Anyone who owns anything white knows how difficult it is to get stains out. Bleach often turns the stain yellow, and although the oxy miracle stuff is useful in keeping white, well, white, it doesn’t help much once pasta sauce splatters on the item of clothing, and don’t we ALL get a little splatter once in a while? All my stain-fighting sprays are useless once a smudge has set. I’ve even tried my mother’s technique of squeezing lemon on a spot and leaving it in sunlight for hours. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.
I was pondering turning the t-shirt with the blue-grey phantom shadows into rags like I usually do with stained garments when my mother-in-law stopped me.
“Why don’t you try THE SOAP?”
How to Get Whites White Again:
Use soap! Zote soap that is.
I had never heard of this stain-fighting technique but I trust my mother-in-law implicitly. If she says the soap works, then the soap must work. So I handed all my stained white blouses and t-shirts to her. She proceeded to show me how to wash them by hand with a big bar of soap. The t-shirts had the worst stains. We boiled them with thin shavings of soap and then let them soak overnight.
The result? White! White! White! The stains have disappeared. In addition to washing my blouses my mother-in-law also attacked my daughter’s white sneakers, which had turned a rather unappealing shade of pale brown. Those are white again too. Here they are.
White Sneakers are White Again
So what’ in this soap? It contains Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate, fragrance, an optical brightener and violet dye. According to the Zote Website the soap is made with natural ingredients and is good for hand-washing delicate fabrics. Zote comes in both pink and white versions.
What can I say. It works.This is the best way I’ve ever found to get whites white again.
Disclosure: No, I was not paid for this! I just think it’s a great product and I wanted to share.
In Los Angeles Zote soap can be found at the 99 Cent store. Yep. It’s cheap too.
Do you have any great stain-fighting techniques to share with me? Have you ever tried this soap?
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