Fading whites: How to make them bright again

White is one of the most classic, vibrant and energetic hues that you can wear all year round.

Whether it’s a crisp white shirt, underwear, towels, bed linen or a fun alternative to the little black dress, we all have whites in our wardrobe or drawers that we want to keep looking sparkling always!

However, unlike clothing in other colours, whites sometimes need a little more attention to keep them looking their best. Over time, they begin to fade and appear a dullish grey.

With Vanish to lend a helping hand, there are several measures you can take to ensure your white clothing stays as bright and radiant as the day you bought it.


Why whites fade

No matter how wonderful the white garments in your wardrobe once were, over time they’ll begin to fade and look more grey than white. Even if you only wear them on special occasions, whites can become a greyish colour unless you use the right products to keep them bright and white for longer periods of time.  

Grass stains, sweat stains, regular washing, over exposure to the sun and frequent use, can all take their toll on the appearance of your whites. So instead of going to the great expense and hassle of replacing your old and faded clothes, or giving them to the dry cleaners, why not banish the grey for good at home? 

Vanish whites guide

Here are four effortless tips to keep your wardrobe looking brilliantly white with Vanish Gold for Whites:

  1. Wash with Vanish

There are many home remedies thought to boost the brightness of whites such as using mild acid vinegar, raw lemon juice and even soluble aspirin – however Vanish products have been specifically formulated to tackle fading whites, whether it be your bedding or your favourite shirt.

To make your whites up to three shades whiter, simply add one scoop of Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Powder to 4 litre of warm water and leave your garments to soak in the water for up to six hours. Add one extra scoop in your washing machine and wash as normal.

Alternatively, try Vanish Gold for Whites Gel.

  1. Always wash whites on their own

While it might be tempting to mix whites with other light coloured garments, colours are easily transferred and therefore whites should always be washed separately, whether in the washing machine or by hand.

  1. Avoid bleach

Chlorine bleach is bad news for white garments. When combined with iron and hot water, it can turn clothing yellow, so stick to products specifically designed for white garments.

  1. Store whites separately

To keep your white garments looking radiant always, keep them away from dark colours. If stored together, coloured fabrics may leave friction stains on your whites, so always store them separately.

By following these four simple steps, thanks to Vanish, you’ll be able to keep your white essentials brilliantly white season after season.