My white synthetic clothes are graying with washing

4GayleMarch 7, 2011

My white synthetic clothes go gray often with just one washing. I don't have the same problem with my cotton whites they tend to stay white. I have used Oxy clean. I have done shorter washes so there is less time for anything in the water to be absorbed. I added a whole house water purification system to resolve the problem but the problem persists. There must still be something in my water that is being absorbed into my synthetic fabrics. I am on city water and according to the water purification people there is nothing in the city water test report that should be causing the problem. I have a lot of synthetic white clothes, and I am tired of having to constantly replace them as they are destroyed with as little as a single wash.


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I have the exact same problem. All my white synthetics are gray. I wear them as around-the-house-lounge wear. I have complained to my town but they insist the water is tested daily and is healthy to drink.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 10:46AM
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There are a lot of experts who post on GardenWeb and someone probably can explain what is happening. Try posting this on the Laundry Room forum and the Plumbing forum. GardenWeb discourages people from cross posting, but in this case, I think it makes sense.

Have you ever had your water tested? Maybe when you had the water purification system installed?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 2:03PM
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I had my whites start doing the same thing after I started using different laundry soaps. I went back to my tried and true and the white came back. I have also had great success with adding Simple Green to the wash water.
My Mom swears by soaking the dingy whites in baking soda to restore the brightness.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2011 at 9:46AM
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Good point kellied! I just was about to say that baking soda is what I use because I don't like to use too much chemicals on my clothes. It works wonderful - a good household remedy.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2011 at 11:05AM
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I want to try it because my white towels are graying, too! How much baking soda? Do you use it to soak first or mix with laundry soap?
Many thanks!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 4:53PM
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