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I need to whiten towels and have javel tablets (no liquid). I'm kinda cautious about putting those tablets in the washing machine as I don't know how old it is and I don't know if that'll whiten the towels.

Any suggestions as to how I could use those tablets to handwash the bath towel in hot water? To get rid of the bleach stink, is it sufficient to run it in the machine at 60° with regular detergent?


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How bad are they? When I want to whiten towels, I use a good spoonfull of VANISH as well as washing powder, on the long 60C wash. Works a treat.
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I need to whiten towels and have javel tablets (no liquid). I'm kinda cautious about putting those tablets in the washing machine as I don't know how old it is and I don't know if that'll be effective to whiten the towels.

Any suggestions as to how I could use those tablets to handwash the bath towel in hot water? To get rid of the bleach stink, is it sufficient to run it in the machine at 60° with regular detergent?


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To whiten white towels, I`d wash them at at least 60c, preferably hotter, with lots of Calgon powder instead of washing powder.

Javel tablets, I`d say dissolve them in VERY hot water then soak the towels in that, then wash again at high temp.

Mostly it`s the build-up of kalk that yellows white towels. Or too much build-up of fabric softener. Possibly.

Of course there are more professional housewives here who`ll give you better solutions.
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How bad are they? When I want to whiten towels, I use a good spoonfull of VANISH as well as washing powder, on the long 60C wash. Works a treat.
I have neither vanish nor powdered detergent, unfortunately.

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To whiten white towels, I`d wash them at at least 60c, preferably hotter, with lots of Calgon powder instead of washing powder.

Javel tablets, I`d say dissolve them in VERY hot water then soak the towels in that, then wash again at high temp.

Mostly it`s the build-up of kalk that yellows white towels. Or too much build-up of fabric softener. Possibly.

Of course there are more professional housewives here who`ll give you better solutions.
You might have a point - we have hard water here. Will try dissolving in super hot water, soaking and then washing with normal detergent.
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Re: Whitening towels

If you are drying your towels in a dryer as opposed to hanging up to dry, then no need to add conditioner/ fabric softener.
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If you are drying your towels in a dryer as opposed to hanging up to dry, then no need to add conditioner/ fabric softener.
I don't own fabric softener
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And who was a fool to buy white towels in the first place?
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And who was a fool to buy white towels in the first place?
AHEM... 'cause white towels are the best and because I LIKE my white towels. So there!
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I have been trying to whiten old yellow Judo suits. Now they are paler yellow.
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Re: Whitening towels

To whiten towels I usually let them soak in water with some bleech for an hour first (specially if they have difficult stains). Don't let them stay too long otherwise it will actually yellow them permanently. I pass them by water before continuing...

I then put it inside the washing machine at 60°C with the regular detergent and a good measure of Vanish. You can use the tablets instead of the Vanish, but please make sure your washing machine actually allows bleeching - some of them do not allow it and you might cause damage otherwise.

The trick is to let white towels dry in the full sun to achieve the perfect white. I know right now it's difficult - that's why I did my "spring cleaning" in the end of August
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Re: Whitening towels

I've never tried the tablets, but I'd guess they might be a bit strong?

I toss a scoop of calgon into the machine, and then add the towels and other "bleachables." I add a small amount of Perwoll Renew White in the soap dispenser and start the machine. Once it is started and there's water in the machine, I add a mix of bleach (javelwasser) and water that I keep in a 1 liter bottle (also in the soap soap dispensing compartment). For the rinse cycle I use about a cup of vinegar.
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To whiten towels I usually let them soak in water with some bleech for an hour first (specially if they have difficult stains). Don't let them stay too long otherwise it will actually yellow them permanently. I pass them by water before continuing...

I then put it inside the washing machine at 60°C with the regular detergent and a good measure of Vanish. You can use the tablets instead of the Vanish, but please make sure your washing machine actually allows bleeching - some of them do not allow it and you might cause damage otherwise.

The trick is to let white towels dry in the full sun to achieve the perfect white. I know right now it's difficult - that's why I did my "spring cleaning" in the end of August
Can't use that sun-drying trick because I like my towels to be super fluffy without use of fabric softener. So, dryer it is.

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I've never tried the tablets, but I'd guess they might be a bit strong?

I toss a scoop of calgon into the machine, and then add the towels and other "bleachables." I add a small amount of Perwoll Renew White in the soap dispenser and start the machine. Once it is started and there's water in the machine, I add a mix of bleach (javelwasser) and water that I keep in a 1 liter bottle (also in the soap soap dispensing compartment). For the rinse cycle I use about a cup of vinegar.
Thanks, I don't have calgon but perhaps the concentration of the tabs and the javelwasser is written on the packets - will check tomorrow and try to find out how much water needs to be added to a javel tab to reach javelwasser bleach concentration. As for javel and acid (vinegar) - isn't that an incredibly bad idea because of chlorine gases?
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Can't use that sun-drying trick because I like my towels to be super fluffy without use of fabric softener. So, dryer it is.



Thanks, I don't have calgon but perhaps the concentration of the tabs and the javelwasser is written on the packets - will check tomorrow and try to find out how much water needs to be added to a javel tab to reach javelwasser bleach concentration. As for javel and acid (vinegar) - isn't that an incredibly bad idea because of chlorine gases?
Ah ha, just remembered something else I do with grubby stained dishcloths.
Depends on how large your towels are, maybe could do one at a time?

They come out SUPER white! I boil them on the stove in a big pot with a cube or two of dishwasher tablets (the one that contains everything for the dishwasher) - first dissolve the tabs in the pot while waiting for water to heat, add towels, then keep stirring with a long wooden spoon. Amazing stuff emerges!

Then I hang out on line to dry - to amaze my neighbors with what an amazing housewife I can be sometimes - hahaa

The same principle used in the olden days when women boiled their white linens while stirring with a long pole. (except they didn`t have the luxury of dishwasher tablets)
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Ah ha, just remembered something else I do with grubby stained dishcloths.
Depends on how large your towels are, maybe could do one at a time?

They come out SUPER white! I boil them on the stove in a big pot with a cube or two of dishwasher tablets (the one that contains everything for the dishwasher) - first dissolve the tabs in the pot while waiting for water to heat, add towels, then keep stirring with a long wooden spoon. Amazing stuff emerges!

Then I hang out on line to dry - to amaze my neighbors with what an amazing housewife I can be sometimes - hahaa

The same principle used in the olden days when women boiled their white linens while stirring with a long pole. (except they didn`t have the luxury of dishwasher tablets)
Would this principle possibly work with dishwashing powder and repeatedly pouring boiling water in a bucket? My 200x100 bathmat won't fit in my pot.

Edit: Tried it, it worked out perfectly. Thanks Smoky!

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How big is your cauldron, glowjupiter?
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Well ...... very hot (boiling) water and Javel works wonders. Better than in cold/lukewarm water. You could try the dishwashing powder (all in one type? with dekalk in it?)

We use white towels in the sauna and I only ever wash them at 60c with vinegar (the concentrated Essig Esenz) - takes out kalk and sterilizes.
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Now I know why I avoid white stuff as much as possible. What a lot of palaver. Buy coloured items for heaven's sake and give yourselves a break. Life is too short for all this.
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not really- I like white towels too- and sheets- but you do need proper washing powder and Vanish- and then it is very simple. Bleach and dishwasher powder is really not .... going to help
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Are all those chemicals good for your health?
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Now I know why I avoid white stuff as much as possible. What a lot of palaver. Buy coloured items for heaven's sake and give yourselves a break. Life is too short for all this.
My house is all black and white, so all my 3 bathrooms have only white towels I use white vanish powder works brilliant
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