Nowadays, there are many options for how to hide in the apartment from direct sunlight, but despite this, modern housewives still consider tulle to be the most comfortable interior detail. Therefore, how to bleach the tulle, many housewives are still interested. Sometimes there is a desire to dress the windows in bright colors or colors of warm shades, but nevertheless, a snow-white tulle creates the feeling of celebration and solemnity.
But even the highest quality tulle in a few years may lose its snow-white appearance and acquire a yellowish-gray tint. Despite this, do not rush to change it to a new one. It is enough to know a few secrets, applying which, without problems, you can return the old novelty to your beloved tulle.
How to bleach at home?
In order to qualitatively whiten the tulle, there are many ways – from the use of traditional means to folk methods. Traditional means include all kinds of bleaches and stain removers, and folk remedies include the simplest ingredients that are in every housewife’s house: salt, hydrogen peroxide, and starch.
In the first case, it’s enough to go to any store and buy a bleach and stain remover, brightly dotted with a colorful label on the entire window. But do not forget that the frequent use of whiteness for bleaching tulle can gradually destroy its delicate structure, and once you can get a long piece of fabric out of the washing machine that just begins to creep into thin strings in front of your eyes. Also remember that bleach is not suitable for all types of tulle, so carefully read the instructions for use and recommendations for which fabrics this chemical is suitable so that you do not get new yellow spots during bleaching. If you often use whiteness, this can cause the adaptation of the fabric to it, so it is possible that if you again need to bleach the tulle, this tool may no longer help.
There are cases when you can only deal with the problem with bleach, for example, if you need to bleach a kitchen tulle that has already absorbed traces of soot and fat.
And now let’s get started whitening the tulle with whiteness. To start this procedure, you need to take a deep basin, bleach itself and gloves for soaking, so as not to burn the skin with chlorine. For six liters of hot water we take three caps of whiteness, mix everything thoroughly, immerse the tulle into it and leave it for several hours. After that, we rinse well and put the washing machine in a gentle mode by adding fabric softener. After this procedure, we hang out the tulle in the fresh air so that the smell of whiteness disappears properly.
Now let’s try to bleach the tulle with a stain remover. It also has an effective property of bleaching the fabric, but is gentle in relation to its structure and has a pleasant smell, therefore, after getting rid of stains and yellow plaque, additional washing to eliminate the smell can be omitted.
If there are any spots on the surface of the tulle, you must first treat them with a stain remover, and then leave the fabric to be bleached for 45 minutes. At this time, you should prepare a solution for soaking: add as much substance as indicated in the instructions to the basin with warm water, mix thoroughly, immerse the tulle in water for several hours, but for more effective whitening, you can leave it overnight. After bleaching, the tulle must be thoroughly rinsed, allowed to drain excess moisture without twisting, after which you can hang the snow-white tulle again in fresh air.
Thinking of what else you can effectively bleach the tulle, do not forget about the well-tested method of digesting linen. But this method can only be used for natural fabrics made of cotton or linen. In order that the white fabric does not acquire a rusty tint of rust when boiling, you need to use stainless steel or enameled dishes. To periodically stir the tulle and to achieve the maximum whitening effect, you will need a wooden stick or a wooden spoon, which, most likely, every housewife has at home.
In the prepared water, it is necessary to dissolve the bleach, which is suitable for boiling and laundry soap, you can also add a little soda: it allows you to make the fabric structure a little softer and the stains will be easier to remove. It is necessary to bleach the tulle by digestion for an hour, then you can get the tulle and put it in warm water for thorough rinsing, and then in cool water. Let the moisture drain without twisting and hang the tulle in fresh air.
If the tulle does not have any special dirt and stains, then you can bleach it using ordinary washing. Immediately before you put the tulle in the drum, you need to clean it from the accumulated dust, then soak the tulle for thirty minutes in a warm soapy solution, then you can immerse it in the machine for a delicate washing mode or wash it manually. After washing, either allow excess moisture to drain out without twisting, or put it on the easy spin mode in the washing machine, setting the minimum speed.
Whitening folk remedies
You can bleach the tulle at home with a variety of folk remedies.
One such agent is 3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and ammonia (ammonium hydroxide). This composition has a very effective bleaching property, therefore, using this mixture, you can quickly and efficiently return the snow-white look to your tulle, and any white things. Ten liters of water with a temperature of 30 degrees must be poured into the container of your choice, diluting two tablespoons of 3% H2O2 and one tablespoon of ammonium hydroxide. Before soaking the tulle, it must be washed so that there is no accumulation of dust on the surface. It is necessary to load the tulle completely, so that not a single island of fabric remains on the surface, because as a result of uneven immersion, yellow spots may appear, and the whole bleaching process will be in vain. Leave the tulle to bleach in this solution for 30 minutes, after which the fabric can be thoroughly rinsed and hung out in direct sunlight, as they are also an excellent natural bleach.
A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and liquid ammonia is the most effective composition for whitening synthetic fabrics, since they cannot be washed at high temperature and boiled, and in general the components of this solution perfectly fight yellowness and a gray coating on white things.
The easiest method for bleaching tulle at home with H 2 O 2 is washing in a washing machine. To do this, you need to immerse the tulle in the drum, set the temperature to 40 degrees, you cannot set the spin mode at all or the very minimum. In a container for powder and detergents, lay 10 tablets of hydroperit and wash in a delicate mode.
You can bleach the tulle at home using salt. The method is very simple, and most importantly, accessible to everyone. Before the bleaching procedure, it is necessary to thoroughly shake off the tulle from dust and wash it in warm soapy water. If you use this method for nylon tulle, you need to make sure that the water is barely warm, otherwise the nylon tulle will turn yellow in the process of bleaching. To make the solution you will need ten liters of water, washing powder (preferably gel) and ten tablespoons of rock salt. To maximize the whitening effect, tulle is best left in this solution overnight.
Salt can be bleached and synthetic tulle, but the bleaching procedure is somewhat different. First you need to wash the tulle well, rinse, and after that, instead of the second rinse, soak the tulle in a strong saline solution. You need to do this as follows: fill the bucket with water halfway, pour five tablespoons of ordinary rock salt and immerse the tulle for twenty minutes. In this case, when soaking in salt is the final stage of bleaching, the solution will give the fabric a little stiffness. In addition, to whiten the tulle from nylon fabrics and organza, before washing, soak them in a salt solution based on five liters of water for five tablespoons of salt, because salt absorbs all the dust perfectly.
Another effective folk remedy for bleaching tulle is starch. To do this, we place the tulle in a little hot water, in which starch had already been dissolved. Soak the tulle in such a solution for thirty minutes, then rinse and hang in fresh air. Thanks to this method, you will not only return the snow-white appearance to your tulle, but also the fabric will gain a little stiffness. This is a great way to get rid of soot and dirt, since particles of starch will accumulate all the dust like a magnet, and with the next wash all dirt will be easily washed.
The following method of bleaching the tulle at home will seem fancy to you, because we will use potassium permanganate. Few people believe that water with a raspberry hue will be able to return the snow-white appearance of the fabric. But this is exactly how a solution of weak potassium permanganate and laundry soap behaves. This method will perfectly cope with the gray shade of your tulle. First you need to dissolve several crystals of potassium permanganate in a glass of water. In a bucket or basin, we dilute 150 grams of 72% laundry soap in warm water and gradually introduce a manganese solution there. For maximum whiteness, the tulle is kept in this solution for 30 minutes, then, according to the usual procedure, rinse thoroughly. This method can be somewhat simplified by simply lathering the entire tulle with laundry soap and lowering it into a potassium permanganate solution. According to many housewives, this particular method is the most effective in the fight against yellowness and gray plaque.
The most ancient substance for giving a fresh whiteness to tulle is blue. To bleach the tulle in this way, we part a half cap of blue in warm water (30 degrees) and lower the tulle into it for 20 minutes. At this time, it is imperative to stir the contents so that there are no blue spots on the tulle and the entire fabric acquires a uniform whiteness. If you want to wash the tulle in a washing machine, you can add a blue cap to the detergent container. The result will be similar.
Features of whitening tulle from organza and nylon
If your tulle is made of nylon fibers or organza, it requires particularly careful care. It is believed that nylon tulle is very moody, very quickly loses its pristine whiteness and acquires a yellow tint.
Consider the procedure for bleaching tulle from nylon (everything needs to be done in cold water):
- First of all, you need to wash the canvas in a way that is most acceptable to you;
- after getting rid of the mud, immerse the tulle in a strong salt solution, which we prepare as follows: for every four liters of cool water add five tablespoons of extra salt;
- we immerse the tulle in water and leave it for 15 minutes;
- In no case do not rinse the nylon tulle, just let it drain excess moisture, and then hang it on the ledge, where it is smoothed out under its own weight.
In many houses, preference is given to curtains that are made of organza. This is a very beautiful material, which has many shades and transmits sunlight well. But, despite the fact that organza is not capricious in leaving, it requires as much attention as tulle from other types of fabric. Polyester cannot retain color for a long time, this type of fabric fibers attracts dust very well.
Since the organza has sufficient rigidity, it will be quite difficult to bleach such a tulle, since you cannot avoid the effect of bruising after washing and twisting.