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    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 13th Jul 17, 12:08 PM
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    Greying underwear
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    • 13th Jul 17, 12:08 PM
    Greying underwear 13th Jul 17 at 12:08 PM
    Any magic solutions for bringing back some rather greying but perfectly good underwear back to a nice white condition again?

    Will soaking in Vanish or bleach do the trick?. Am rather worried bleach might damage the elastic parts. Thanks.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 13th Jul 17, 12:37 PM
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    Napisan was recommended on this thread for a white linen coat that'd yellowed.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5664388
    • elf06
    • By elf06 13th Jul 17, 12:48 PM
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    I once managed to wash all DS's school whites, my bra and my work clothes with an inky pen (not a biro type the kind that has the ink in an internal chamber). I was furious with myself as I'd checked pockets and things! Anyway I tried to order new school clothes and couldnt get any in his size over the weekend so I resorted to cheap 50p bleach in the sink. It worked!! I'd not recommend it for weekly washing or anything but in an emergency it saved me!! I was worried about the elastic but after soaking I just made sure I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed.....you get the idea!
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 13th Jul 17, 1:45 PM
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    I'd be more concerned about the risk of a skin reaction than the elastic.

    Everyone has once-whites that are now less than Dulux Brilliant White, its nowt to be ashamed of.
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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th Jul 17, 2:04 PM
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    this older thread may help. Do let us know what works

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    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 13th Jul 17, 2:49 PM
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    I think that using Vanish just once or twice won't harm the elastic.
    I keep my whites white by never washing them with any other colour. That way.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 13th Jul 17, 3:17 PM
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    how about dying them a different colour
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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 13th Jul 17, 3:29 PM
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    I seem to recall seeing something on TV many, many years ago, might have been on Tomorrow's World (remember that?). White clothing has 'optical brighteners' on it - basically little bits of chemical that reflect the light and make it look all shiny white, rather than the fabric itself. I think you'll even see them listed in washing powder ingredients. The problem is that washing the clothes washes out these optical brightners, and once they've gone, they've pretty much gone, despite trying to stick new ones on with washing powder. So the answer is wash your white less to keep them whiter for longer.
    • helcat26
    • By helcat26 13th Jul 17, 4:58 PM
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    • 13th Jul 17, 4:58 PM
    You can get that stuff for net curtains- Glo-White


    It really depends on the fabric the underwear is made of. If it is cotton bleach might rot it, and it also does not help elasticated fibres.


    Some underwear fabric - like the sheer tuff in things like this
    http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/lingerie/white-floral-embroidered-thong_520078619


    Seems to be a dye magnet. Even if you wash white separately it seems to pick up anything residual in the drum.


    On the bright side Gossard are having a sale.
    I am sorry Primrose I am assuming you are a lady
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 13th Jul 17, 5:04 PM
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    I have just soaked the greying items in a Vanish solution of hot water for 3 hours and hung them out on the line to dry. They do look much better !
    • gonebust
    • By gonebust 13th Jul 17, 6:13 PM
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    I learned years ago that the only way to keep white undies white, was to was them completely separate

    I could have a bra sitting in my laundry bin a month before there are enough delicate whites to form a wash

    99% of undies are now black for said reason

    And in this day and age where bra straps are perfectally acceptable to be on show, I'm not worrying about wearing a black bra under a light top
    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 13th Jul 17, 6:22 PM
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    I use 'eco friendly' laundry liquid that doesn't contain optical brighteners, and honestly, my whites stay white.
    I bought quite a lot of white bras & knickers (not quite a month's worth!) so that, along with the odd white shirt, I can make a wash.
    Until I got my lovely present washing machine, I washed underwear, especially bras, in the shower.
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 13th Jul 17, 6:37 PM
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    Always buy black undies.
    • Judi
    • By Judi 13th Jul 17, 9:12 PM
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    a squirt of lemon juice in with the wash. Goes without saying you wash whites seperately to coloureds.
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    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 13th Jul 17, 10:49 PM
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    Always buy black undies.
    Originally posted by pogofish
    And socks.
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    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 13th Jul 17, 10:52 PM
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    And socks.
    Originally posted by sillyvixen
    I have a few nude colour bras (all though most of my undies are black) they don't discolour and look better under white clothes than white bras.
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    • jackyann
    • By jackyann 14th Jul 17, 7:14 AM
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    Depends what colour you are nude.
    • ancientofdays
    • By ancientofdays 14th Jul 17, 7:29 AM
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    I add a couple of blue items to the white wash in the hope that if any dye escapes it might brighten the whites, a bit like the little blue bag that my nan had to swish in the rinsing water.
    I was jumping to conclusions and one of them jumped back
    • pogofish
    • By pogofish 14th Jul 17, 11:38 AM
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    And socks.
    Originally posted by sillyvixen
    I do accept a little variation there but yes, still the darker colours are best - but I tend to wear through socks a lot faster than I do underpants, so greying is less of an issue..
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