Things You Will Need
- Small basin
- 4 tbsp. soap flakes
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 3 dry towels
- 1/4 cup bleach
- 1/4 cup baking soda
A sparkling, crisp white blouse can scream professionalism or elegance or complete a classic ensemble. However, a yellowed blouse gives a look of dinginess, giving your appearance a certain un-kept, careless exterior.
It is possible though, to return a blouse to the bright white state that you bought it in, without resorting to paying a professional dry-cleaner. Blouses tend to be made out of cotton, linen or silk and you can whiten these fabrics yourself at home.
- Fill a small basin with warm water. Add a soap flakes. Mix the water and the soap with your hand.
- Dunk your blouse in the water. Very gently rub out any stains or particularly yellowed spots with your fingers.
- Rinse your garment in lukewarm water.
- Fill the basin again with warm water. Add 1/4 cup white vinegar. Mix the water and vinegar together with your hand.
- Dunk your blouse into the mixture and swish it around until it is well saturated. Rinse with clean water.
- Roll your blouse up in a dry towel. Gently squeeze the towel to absorb excess moisture. Repeat with a second towel. Leave the blouse in the second towel until you are ready to iron it.
- Iron your blouse when damp. Silk left to air-dry will become yellow.
Cotton or Linen Blouses
- Fill a small basin with warm water and two tbsp. soap flakes. Mix the water and soap together well.
- Place your linen or cotton blouse in the water and carefully rub out stains with your fingers. Concentrate on the neck, cuffs or armpits, or anywhere there is excessive yellowing.
- Rinse your blouse with lukewarm water.
- Fill the basin with clean, warm water. Add 1/4 cup bleach, 1/4 baking soda and a sprinkling of soap suds. Mix all the ingredients together with your hand until they are well combined
- Dunk your blouse in the water and swish it around. The yellowing should lift right out.
- Rinse linen blouses in cold water. Rinse cotton blouses in hot water and then cold water.
- Allow your blouse to drip dry on a hanger or drying rack for 10 minutes and then roll it in a towel to absorb excess moisture. Leave the blouse in the towel until you're ready to iron it.
- Iron either type of blouse when damp. Due to the fact that linen dries quickly, keep a damp rag nearby to pat on to the blouse as you're ironing.