Using chlorine bleach to clean your clothing or towels requires some basic knowledge to get the best results. Follow these simple steps and you will preserve the fibers in your clothing as well as clean your clothing better. The first step is to allow the detergents you are using to remove loosen the dirt in the laundry before applying the bleach.
Never apply full-strength bleach to a load of clothing. Always mix bleach with water before adding it to your laundry. Pour one cup of bleach for every quart of water used. Never mix two or more types of bleach or mix other chemicals with bleach. You could create a caustic mixture that can harm your clothing and your lungs.
When bleaching towels or preparing to use bleach on a piece of clothing first test the bleach on an area not readily visible to the naked eye such as a pocket lining, hem or facing. Mix one part bleach with two parts warm water, the take a cotton swab and dip it in the solution. Dab the solution on the garments lining or facing and allow it to dry. If the garment loses color in the area or color leaches through to the other side, do not use the bleach to launder this piece of clothing.
Bleach works in all temperatures of water, but it works best in very hot water. Wait at least five minutes after the wash begins to allow the detergent to release its enzymes and begin cleaning the clothing. Next add the diluted bleach.
Be sure you use the bleach within six months of purchasing it. Bleach loses its potency after being opened. After six months dispose of any opened bottles of bleach.
Bleach can be a great asset for cleaning laundry. It can also cause great problems when used improperly. Whether bleaching towels or clothing, by following the steps listed above, you’ll obtain a well cleaned load of laundry with its original colors. Respect the purity of bleach and never combine it with other chemicals or other bleach formulas to keep from ruining your clothing or harming your lungs.
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Sneakers and athletic shoes can be very difficult to clean if you don’t know how to clean shoes effectively. There are certain tips and tricks that can be applied to sneaker cleaning in order to get the best results. The following is an explanation of how to flawlessly and effectively clean shoes and sneakers:
How to Clean Shoe Laces
First of all, the shoe laces tend to be most dirty, therefore remove them along with inserts or insoles and wash them separately. In case they are too worn out then they can be replaced instead of washed. Insoles of sneakers tend to gather moisture and therefore may stink, which is why it is advisable to soak it in a detergent solution with a sprinkle of baking soda to take care of the odor and moisture.
Brush Shoes or Throw Them in the Washer With Towels
One can also use a brush to brush away the loose dirt or soil present on the sneaker or shoes. If you are not up for manual brushing then you can throw your sneakers along with some towels into your clothes washer and let the appliance and towels work their magic on them. Warm water and regular detergent work wonders, even in case of the dirtiest sneakers! Clothes washer are suitable for shoes and sneaker cleaning but dishwashers are a big no-no as they are extremely harsh and can cause fading.
How to Clean New or Expensive Shoes
In case of expensive or new sneakers, it would be more appropriate and beneficial to manually clean it. You can use a soft brush for giving it a good scrub. In case your sneaker has scuff marks then you should get a Mr. Clean magic eraser to clear the scuff marks away. To clear away athlete’s foot fungus and various other bacteria from your shoe, you should disinfect them by soaking them in hot water with a few drops of pine oil disinfectants (these should be 80% pine oil). Some examples would be Lysol Pine Action, Spic-n-Span Pine, Real Pine or Pine Sol. Phenolic disinfectants also work wonders for dirty sneakers.
Properly Dry Shoes
Once washed, the shoes or sneakers should be air dried as the high heat of the washing machine can cause shrinkage or deformation. Simply put them in gym bags or wash socks and hang them out in the sun to dry. Save the packets of desiccant or silica salts from boxes of new shoes and throw wet shoes into a bag with the packets; the packets will suck out the moisture from anything, especially shoes and cloth.
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