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Old 05-16-2009, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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Default How to take the yellow out of a white linen shirt?

I have an old white linen shirt that is dull and gray looking, maybe yellow. How do I make it white again?

They say Clorox bleach turns whites yellow over time. Will soaking in Oxi-clean bring back the white?

Any ideas?

Thanks,

W.
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Old 05-17-2009, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Oriental, NC
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Oxyclean will probably work, but if not I would not be afraid to wash it again with a little bleach, just don't pour the bleach directly on it.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:43 AM
 
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I have had this happen with linen shirts that I have exclusively dry cleaned. After deciding that the shirt was so yellow that it was unwearable, I washed it in the machine with Oxyclean and it cam out white. I then took it to the cleaners to have it pressed and it looked as good as new.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:50 AM
 
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Use Borax and a non bleach whitener (I like Vivid) and soak it over night in the machine it might take a few times but it should get allot of it out.
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Old 05-17-2009, 11:20 AM
 
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Use Borax and a non bleach whitener (I like Vivid) and soak it over night in the machine it might take a few times but it should get allot of it out.
I'll try that. I think oxi-clean is the same as borax, but we have both.
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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I read asprin in the wash but I have no idea if it is true. I hate it when white shirts get yellowy
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Old 05-17-2009, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I've always used dye...but that's just me.
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I often try soaking in Oxi-Clean all white shirts that have yellowing (either from perspiration, lines from being hung in the closet w/louvered doors and they get some yellowing, etc.) - I usually soak overnight in the washer and then try washing w/a little bleach in a regular cycle. Good luck.
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:45 PM
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I've heard soaking in diluted white vinegar works well. And it's mild too. A woman that used to wash the white lace overlays for a hotel used vinegar to get out any discolourations.
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Old 05-17-2009, 08:40 PM
 
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I've heard soaking in diluted white vinegar works well. And it's mild too. A woman that used to wash the white lace overlays for a hotel used vinegar to get out any discolourations.
I've heard that too. Good suggestion. Thanks...!
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