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  • Keeping White Shirts White

    Many of my white button-down shirts within time tend to turn slightly off-white, yellowish.  I’ve tried washing with bleach but it doesn’t help.  What should I do? This is a question I get a lot, and it deserves a long answer.  I wish I k...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    03/09/12 11088
  • Removing Old Stains

    I have some old stains on a top that is mostly white with patterns on it. How do I get them safely removed without ruining my shirt? You may be able to safely bleach the top (and I actually expect that you can) depending on what it’s made of and whet...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    12/30/13 4500
  • Keeping white socks clean

    I can’t seem to keep my son’s socks clean. I use Clorox bleach, but it still doesn’t get them clean. Any ideas what else I can do? Socks can be quite a problem (my son’s socks are pretty challenging, too), and I do have some suggestions for you...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    09/17/12 2529
  • Pre-soak Time for Ultimate Care

    I always presoak my whites in hot water with Clorox® UltimateCare® Bleach. Is there an optimal amount of time for this phase? Generally, with presoaking, we recommend a limited exposure time prior to washing (1/4 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach₂ with CLO...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    11/07/08 2014
  • Fabric Differences: Cotton and Cotton Blends

    I’m in the market of buying a large quantity of polo shirts and noticed that one style that I was considering was made out of 100% cotton, and the other 60% cotton and 40% polyester. Which is the better fabric, and which would most likely fade more ...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    06/01/10 1061
  • Cleaning Shirts with Colored Patches

    I just purchased 5 white uniform shirts with colored shoulder patches. I do not want to send them to the dry cleaners. How do you suggest I wash them? I am concerned that if I bleach the entire wash load, the color patches might bleed into my whit...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    05/18/10 1068
  • Removing Orange Residue

    I would like to ask if you may know why blotches of orange are showing up on our clothes. I use bleach on my whites only, but I’m getting orange on all our clothes, beached or not bleached. Any ideas why? Could it be the water or the old washin...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    01/28/10 694
  • Removing Dinginess from Printed T-Shirts

    My boyfriend has a lot of white cotton T-shirts with screen-printed designs on them. They are starting to look pretty dingy, and I am wondering if adding bleach to the wash will have an effect on the printed design? Usually, dingy white cotton T-shir...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    04/09/09 1147
  • Cleaning Black Socks

    Due to the nature of my job and the uniform I wear, the majority of my sock laundry is black. Is there any hope for me to get the same cleaning success you can get with Clorox® Regular-Bleach₂ with CLOROMAX® and whites? What is the best method for la...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    03/03/09 501
  • Keeping Dark Clothes Looking Good

    Dr. Laundry is away on a special assignment – he asked that I post this response for him today. CJ wrote in asking about getting lint on black capris and how to avoid it. Thought I would take this time to talk about caring for dark clothes, ov...

    Advice from Dr. Laundry
    07/21/06 206