How to whiten linen

Speed Queen is the world’s number 1 industrial laundry. In this article, you will discover the principal methods for bleaching household linen and white clothing.

Instructions for bleaching linen

Before using a bleaching agent, make sure there are no bleach warnings on your linen, as well checking as the textile composition of clothing/linen:

Symbols/Meaning

Label with No instruction for washing
No particular instruction: you can bleach your linen with any bleaching agent.

Label warning to not use bleach
Do not use bleach. Use products intended for colors and delicate linen.

Label to avoid bleaching
Avoid bleaching.

Label to use Sodium Percarbonate
Sodium percarbonate may be used.

Understand clothes labelling with our article: The meaning of washing labels

Lemon & yeast

Add some lemon juice in your laundry tub and start the machine. If you do not have a washing machine, you can soak your clothes in a basin of boiling water with the juice of a whole lemon. You can also add lemon juice to the rinsing water.

Alternatively, add some baking powder to your washing powder.

Bicarbonate, percarbonate & washing soda

If you wash your clothes by hand, pour 500 g of bicarbonate into the rinsing water. If you use a washing machine, add 125 ml of washing soda to your laundry: you will give an extra sheen to your laundry.

Another option is to soak clothes for about two hours in a solution of warm water and sodium percarbonate (solid hydrogen peroxide).

Hydrogen peroxide

You can use hydrogen peroxide (30%) for bleaching linen, ether for machine or hand washing. However, avoid laundering delicate linen with hydrogen peroxide.

For a professional-quality wash, use one of our laundromats: Speed Queen machines are built using the same materials as the professional washing machines you find in industrial laundries and luxury hotels.

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