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To Bleach or Not to Bleach?

To Bleach or Not to Bleach?

That is the question, and here is the answer.

It’s that time of year. From the 30th of May to Labor Day, we pull out our summer whites! White jeans, white slacks, white tees, white dresses. It’s such a classic look, but, to be honest, it feels so intimidating to maintain.

At the beginning of Spring, I swapped out all my Winter clothes for Summer. After I had all my clothes swapped out, I went to grab a white t-shirt to wear for the day. I lift it up, look it over, and right smack dab in the middle of my stomach is a stain. So, I grab out another one, and another, and another. I’m not kidding. I checked 5 white t-shirts from last Summer and everyone of them is all stained up for this year!

White Preppy couple on a boat

So, how do you keep your Spring and Summer whites all white? I mean there’s nothing more iconic than a pair of white jean shorts on a beach or a boat. I tried to recreate that iconic look one time while I was on vacation. Very early in the week I donned white jeans, a navy shirt, and boat shoes. At the end of the day I probably looked less like Audrey Hepburn and more like Bert the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins. Thankfully, SPOT is here to help me achieve my Audrey Hepburn reality this year.

woman freaking out over bleach

First things first, let’s embrace the bleach, people. Stop being freaked out by it and let’s learn how to use it. Go ahead and divide your laundry into three loads; whites, brights, and darks. Wash your darks first according to your detergent instructions. Now, pull out your bleach for the brights and the whites. Just remember, there’s two kinds of bleach.

clorox 2 and chlorine bleach

Wanna keep those brights bright in addition to your whites white? You need to get Clorox 2 or any non-chlorine bleach. You can add it along with your detergent right into the drum along with your clothes. Don’t worry, it’s color safe and it will actually boost your colors! Turn up the heat to warm or hot water and come back to bright, beautiful, clean clothes.

Now, for your whites, use a regular chlorine bleach. Dispense the bleach into the bleach dispenser as directed on the bottle and then add your detergent into the drum along with your white clothes. Make sure to keep your water warm or hot and embrace your inner Audrey Hepburn!

If you have hard water your clothes may eventually pick up a yellow or reddish tint. Spot will do that laundry for you to ensure that your whites are really white and not ivory.

One final word of warning; before starting over with a dark load, make sure to flush out your bleach dispenser with water first!!

Alright, so go, get ready for summer. Buy the pool floaties, the hot dog buns, the red, white, and blue tablecloth for your picnic and don’t forget, a bottle of chlorine bleach and a bottle of non-chlorine bleach!

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