How to keep my whites white and the bright colors bright

There are several reasons why clothes lose their brightness. Common factors include the use of too much/too little detergent, too large washer loads, inadequate rinsing, and using the wrong water temperature. Read the detergent package for the correct amount of detergent for your type of washer.

Load size

If the washer is too full, there’s more rubbing/abrasion on the clothes, which dulls the fabric/colors. Don’t overload, and use the right amount of water for the load.

Water temperature

Regarding the temperature, follow the care instructions on the garment label.


Periodic use of appropriate fabric bleach (all fabric or chlorine, as appropriate) and/or laundry boasters will help keep clothes bright. Sometimes changing detergents may help.

Many clothes have optical brighteners or fluorescent whitening agents (FWAs) applied, which help brighten colors. Unfortunately, if the FWA are damaged by sunlight, bleach, or simply ageing, there is nothing you can do.

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  • Allisson

    If you add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your wash cycle, it does enhance the wash.

    • Le Spécialiste

      Thank you Al for the tips! 😉


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