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Do you bleach your expensive white dress shirts?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Upward, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. Upward

    Upward Senior member

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    Will bleach damage fine dress shirts? How much should be added to a wash? half a cup? a full cup?

    What is the best way to remove stains around the collar? I've tried resolve and sprays and they do not work.
     


  2. Zachgranstrom

    Zachgranstrom Senior member

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    My shirts are probably not the most expensive, but every so often when I have a full-load of whites I'll put one cup of bleach just to get that white color again. Which, as far as I can tell, hasn't done any damage to my shirts yet.

    Also, I suggest buying a bristle brush and a naptha soap bar to remove the stains.
     


  3. Upward

    Upward Senior member

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    I will give the soap and brush a try. Is a toothbrush soft enough?
     


  4. anginaprinzmetal

    anginaprinzmetal Senior member

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    Bleach will eventually eat through your shirts.

    now if you don't mind why would you want to bleach a good shirt ??
     


  5. Zachgranstrom

    Zachgranstrom Senior member

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    I personally use a harder bristle brush, but a toothbrush should probably do the job.
     
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  6. Upward

    Upward Senior member

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    I don't want my shirts to fall apart.
     


  7. Notreknip

    Notreknip Senior member

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    Search for the concentrated OxiClean method posted by some of the OG members many years ago. It really is the most important thing I've ever learned on this site. It has never failed me.
     


  8. GBR

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    Then don't wash them with acid! Bleach is an acid and will do your shirts long term harm.

    How have they become so stained in the first place - think about curing that and buying new ones when you have cured that.
     
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  9. Calder

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    I assume you mean this post
     


  10. Notreknip

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    Indeed, thanks Calder. That's the one. Almost 10 years old now - wow.
     


  11. mans72

    mans72 Well-Known Member

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    most bleaches are basic not acidic. But the result ends up being the same.
     


  12. WorldWideWafflz

    WorldWideWafflz Senior member

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    I found GBR's comment pretty funny as well. But the upshot is the same, bleach definitely degrades cotton. I'd say the trick would be use minimal bleach and only bleach once every handful of washes to minimize or eliminate the buildup of caustic residue in the fibers of your clothes. I saw a thing on wikipedia about using vinegar to neutralize the bleach but I wouldn't recommend it. Sodium hypochlorite (the primary active ingredient in household bleach) breaks down into toxic chlorine gas when mixed with acids; sure it'll volatilize off your clothes, but then it's in the air you breathe.
     


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    If resolve and the sprays don't work, bleach likely wont do much better.
     


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    B-Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for that link. One thing I didnt understand from that thread is: can that method be used on coloured cotton shirts as well or does it damage the colours?
     


  15. Calder

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    It'll more than likely damage the colours. Test it on part of the tail hem to see if you really want, but I'd bet it'll bleach (duh) the colour out.
     
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