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Does vanish actually work, having 2 kids 5/3 you can imagine the state of some shirts or has anyone else have a good idea about the whiter than white challenge .... Read More
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3y, 2w agoPosted 3 years, 2 weeks ago
Does vanish actually work, having 2 kids 5/3 you can imagine the state of some shirts or has anyone else have a good idea about the whiter than white challenge ....
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3y, 2w agoPosted 3 years, 2 weeks ago
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If you are looking for keeping white school poloshirts etc white, then no, nothing really works. Washing whites always with whites at the highest temperature suitable for them with a decent biological powder (much better than liquid) will keep them whitest, but they do still inevitably lose that glow after a while. I've always sworn by Ariel powder/tablets for the best stain removal. For individual stains, I find that putting a little bit of fairy liquid straight onto the stain, then putting it into the wash as usual, works best. I bought a tub of Vanish to use a scoop in with my son's white work shirts but they still faded too.

I reckon the person that finds a laundry detergent which removes "muddy puddle" and turmeric stains from curry, will make a fortune! (or Proctor & Gamble will have them knocked off :p )

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If you are looking for keeping white school poloshirts etc white, then no, nothing really works. Washing whites always with whites at the highest temperature suitable for them with a decent biological powder (much better than liquid) will keep them whitest, but they do still inevitably lose that glow after a while. I've always sworn by Ariel powder/tablets for the best stain removal. For individual stains, I find that putting a little bit of fairy liquid straight onto the stain, then putting it into the wash as usual, works best. I bought a tub of Vanish to use a scoop in with my son's white work shirts but they still faded too.

I reckon the person that finds a laundry detergent which removes "muddy puddle" and turmeric stains from curry, will make a fortune! (or Proctor & Gamble will have them knocked off :p )
#2
Any curry stains on clothes i just put in the sun and the stains are gone.
Usually put them in greenhouse but cover up all the garment apart from the stain and less than 5 mins its gone.
#3
No. I have 5 kids between 6 and 17 so have spent years trying ! Lol. The sun can be quite good for getting rid of some stains, or soaking plain whites in water with a capful of bleach. I now just buy cheap supermarket polo shirts and replace them each term although having said that I have in the past been given more expensive polo shirts ( debenhams or the 2packs on hangers from sainsburys) and they do seem to stay whiter longer.
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therealslimkaty
If you are looking for keeping white school poloshirts etc white, then no, nothing really works. Washing whites always with whites at the highest temperature suitable for them with a decent biological powder (much better than liquid) will keep them whitest, but they do still inevitably lose that glow after a while. I've always sworn by Ariel powder/tablets for the best stain removal. For individual stains, I find that putting a little bit of fairy liquid straight onto the stain, then putting it into the wash as usual, works best. I bought a tub of Vanish to use a scoop in with my son's white work shirts but they still faded too.

I reckon the person that finds a laundry detergent which removes "muddy puddle" and turmeric stains from curry, will make a fortune! (or Proctor & Gamble will have them knocked off :p )


great reply
#5
Trust me as an ex brand snob, Aldi Almat biological powder is the best thing ever for whites!
I've tried:
Vanish, ariel, Persil, and ALL the 'in wash' extras you can buy! The Aldi one won a WHICH? Award and it DEFINITELY Works! The powder ( in green box) never tried the liquid.
#6
I wear white shirts for work and find the best thing for keeping them white is actually net curtain whitener. Doesn't smell particularly amazing though...
#7
aw08
therealslimkaty
If you are looking for keeping white school poloshirts etc white, then no, nothing really works. Washing whites always with whites at the highest temperature suitable for them with a decent biological powder (much better than liquid) will keep them whitest, but they do still inevitably lose that glow after a while. I've always sworn by Ariel powder/tablets for the best stain removal. For individual stains, I find that putting a little bit of fairy liquid straight onto the stain, then putting it into the wash as usual, works best. I bought a tub of Vanish to use a scoop in with my son's white work shirts but they still faded too.

I reckon the person that finds a laundry detergent which removes "muddy puddle" and turmeric stains from curry, will make a fortune! (or Proctor & Gamble will have them knocked off :p )

great reply

Thank you! :3
#8
Zee germans have a product! Dr Beckmans do a white only cleaning powder, you can get in Morrisons and Robert Dyas. It did a really good job on our white table cloths and my socks! Its really miles better then the standard washing powders that claim to be good at getting white, white.

If its grass stains or similar, not just "greying" then a good shot of stain remover and then the Beckmans will do the job!
#9
daz has worked ok
as mentioned you can get white add ins
#10
Home Bargains also sell Beckmans and it cleaned up shirts that had turned yellow in the back of the wardrobe. It really works.
#11
thisay sound crazy but I always use milton lol a friend suggested it and it works esp on pen food stains etc x
#12
always use powder as

1. its cheaper

2. The worst performing powder outperformed the best liquid by a wide margin according to which

3. Stops your machine from smelling / getting black gunk

I notice no difference whatsoever from using Daz, surf or aerial, persil etc so stick to 10p per wash bargains when they appear and bulk buy. Only use a bit of vanish on whites. The spot liquid does get stains out very well.

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