How to Wash Whites

Whites come in many varieties, from regular and delicate items to sheets and towels, but they all have one thing in common: They all need to look impeccably bright in order to impress.

A person loading white clothes into the washing machine drum
Step 1

Place

Place white clothes labeled for warm-water washing in your machine. For instance, a cotton shirt and a rayon blouse can be washed at the same time. Use a warm, normal setting or your machine’s gentle setting.

Step 1

Place

Place white clothes labeled for warm-water washing in your machine. For instance, a cotton shirt and a rayon blouse can be washed at the same time. Use a warm, normal setting or your machine’s gentle setting.

A person pouring Tide liquid detergent into the detergent dispenser
Step 2

Add detergent

Next, add detergent. Use either Tide PODS® Ultra OXI laundry detergent pacs or Tide Ultra OXI High Efficiency Liquid for next-level stain fighting. Because the formula of Tide Ultra OXI HE Liquid contains built-in pre-treaters, surfactants, and enzymes, it effectively removes even the toughest stains in just one step, wash after wash. Tide PODS® Ultra OXI do an especially great job protecting your colors and helping to brighten white clothes.

Step 2

Add detergent

Next, add detergent. Use either Tide PODS® Ultra OXI laundry detergent pacs or Tide Ultra OXI High Efficiency Liquid for next-level stain fighting. Because the formula of Tide Ultra OXI HE Liquid contains built-in pre-treaters, surfactants, and enzymes, it effectively removes even the toughest stains in just one step, wash after wash. Tide PODS® Ultra OXI do an especially great job protecting your colors and helping to brighten white clothes.

White garments in a woven laundry basket
Step 3

Dry

If you have a dryer, dry cottons on high and synthetics on medium or low. Alternatively, you can place them all together in the dryer and take the synthetics out as soon as they are dry.

The video below will give you a little more information about washing all kinds of whites, from sorting your items to drying them effectively.

Step 3

Dry

If you have a dryer, dry cottons on high and synthetics on medium or low. Alternatively, you can place them all together in the dryer and take the synthetics out as soon as they are dry.

The video below will give you a little more information about washing all kinds of whites, from sorting your items to drying them effectively.

The video below will give you a little more information about washing all kinds of whites, from sorting your items to drying them effectively.

Wash White Towels, Sheets, and Socks

  1. Gather white towels, sheets, and socks that can tolerate hot washing. Check the labels if you're not sure.

  2. Use the hottest temperature setting according to the care labels. Because sheets and towels are heavily used, they tend to get dirty easily, so it’s important to make sure the water is hot enough to remove all dirt and other build up. Adjust your water level for the correct volume, and set the machine for a normal wash.

  3. Place the required number of Tide PODS® Ultra OXI laundry pacs inside your washing machine’s drum, or add a dose of Tide Ultra OXI High Efficiency Liquid to your laundry. Featuring built-in pre-treaters, both detergents are designed to remove even the most stubborn stains in your wash, whether you’re using a standard or high-efficiency washing machine.

  4. If you have a dryer, dry all of these items on high heat, or dry the sheets separately if you don't want excess towel lint on them.

Wash Delicate Whites

  1. Gather delicate white items, such as sheer blouses, shirts, or undergarments.

  2. Review the fabric care tags to see how to wash white delicates and make sure the items are washable. Note whether machine or hand washing is suggested, as well as the recommended wash temperature and drying method.

  3. You can machine wash most delicate whites in cold water. Adjust the water level, and use a gentle or delicate setting. Tide gets perfect results in every wash, even with cold settings.

  4. Hand-wash delicate undergarments or items specifically labeled "hand-wash only". Dilute a small amount of Tide Ultra OXI High Efficiency Liquid in a tub, bucket, or sink filled with cold water, and then dunk and rinse your clothes under running water.

  5. Dry delicates on low or by hanging them up to dry. Check the labels.

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