Libby asked: I have a front loading washing machine and cannot get my whites white. When replaced with new whites, within 2-3 washings, they are just as grey and dingy. I only use HE detergents and have tried different brands, hot water and adding bleach, all to no avail. Help!
With the trend toward front loading washers comes an unfortunate truth: clothes need water to come clean, and lots of it. Front load washers use a relatively small amount of water and as such, it has become apparent that dingy whites are a side effect of these types of machines. Moreover, a return of grayed fabrics to their former bright white glory isn’t likely to happen. There are, however, a few steps you can take to keep whites looking their best.
- Don’t mix colors. Only wash whites with other whites.
- Don’t overload the machine. The fewer items in the load, the more likely they are to get clean.
- Use the hottest possible water suitable for your load.
- Consider pre-soaking whites in OxiClean or a similar oxygenated detergent.