White socks, especially athletic socks, can be the hardest garments to whiten in your laundry. Here’s how we recommend getting the most stubborn sweat and dirt stains out of your white cotton socks.
Before you begin, always check care labels to confirm fiber content before washing; avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, spandex and non-fast colors. Also, test for colorfastness to ensure the fabric doesn’t become discolored.
Gather your supplies
Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach with CLOROMAX®
Steps to whiten socks with bleach
Pre-soak before washing
Pre-soak cotton or polyester socks for 5 minutes in a solution of ¼ cup Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach diluted in 1 gallon of cool water before washing. If your socks contain spandex, use Clorox 2® for Colors 3-in-1 Liquid instead of regular bleach and soak up to an hour.
Keep your socks clean
As recommended for cleaning white towels and bedsheets, you should add Clorox Bleach every time you wash your socks.
Frequently asked questions
- My socks have spandex, so I haven’t been bleaching them. What should I do to whiten them up?
Presoak your socks with a color safe bleach like Clorox 2® for Colors before washing, and be sure to add Clorox 2® for Colors every time you wash them.