White load doesn't come out clean..

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Post  Tue, Sep 29 2020, 8:02 am
I use Tide and bleach and presoak for an hour and the shirts still stay dirty. The other loads seem to wash fine.
Any advice?
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Post  Tue, Sep 29 2020, 8:04 am
Pretreat stains
Use Shaklee nature brite
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Post  Tue, Sep 29 2020, 8:09 am
Bleach only whitens 100% cotton fabrics. It turns lycra and nylon (and our nice men's white shirts) yellowish. You can try and fix with boiled lemons. You need to do a non chlorine whitener like Oxi and use the correct amount. You can also using a bluing liquid because blue actually looks white. Don't forget to also turn the clothes inside out and use only warm water.
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Post  Tue, Sep 29 2020, 8:13 am
If you mean stains, you have to spray with shout or something similar first.
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Post  Tue, Sep 29 2020, 9:42 am
Do you add detergent and bleach at the same time? You should add detergent first to dislodge dirt before adding bleach to get rid of stains. Also, make sure that that the fabrics are bleachable. Bleach will turn some fabrics yellow.

What do you mean by "dirty"? Collar and cuff rings will not come out with plain laundering. Take an old toothbrush or nail brush, pour on a little full-strength detergent and SCRUB those suckers first. Every. Single. Time. Black marks on the center back of the collar may be felt fibers from pushing the hat back to accommodate tefillin. The felt rubs against and becomes part of the collar fabric. Unless you have access to a microscope and microsurgical tools and remove each fiber one by one, those marks are there to stay.

If the collars are grimy from skin oils, try spraying with Shout or similar product, rubbing in and leaving for an hour or longer. Shout will remove oil, but not dirt.

Hard water also discolors white fabrics, usually turning them grey. Adding vinegar to the final rinse helps but doesn't completely solve the problem. A water-softening system is needed to combat that.

White shirts do eventually age and turn grey. There's no way to remove that permadirt.
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