17-5 Same Color T-Shirt

I never understood how tedious taking care of white clothes is- until now.

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I used to only wear darker-colored clothes, such as black, maroon, and navy. Back in those times, I looked down on people who wore white saying they were too overly obsessed with their clothes and appearance. I always hated to do laundry and I found it excruciating to wear any light color because cleaning it would be an absolute pain. However, as I saw my friends get white clothes, I started questioning myself and my ideology on people wearing white clothing. Finally, I decided to get some white clothing of my own. I finally understood how a light color added a new depth to clothing and style. I now own more than 10 pieces of white clothing I wear weekly. Yet as the days progressed, I became more and more obsessed on keeping my white clothes clean because blemishing it was excruciatingly easy. For months, I was left with dirty white clothes, an annoying pain that was always stuck in my head.

Excruciatingly, I used trial and error to try to restore my white clothes to their original selves. I tried washing my shirt with anything to first get rid of the stains- dish soap, a lot of detergent, even 

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some spot cleaner. Then finally, I read an online trick of how vinegar removed stains better than all of these combined. I tried doing this and to my surprise, it worked. However, it required a large amount enough to soak in and needed a lot of time to really get out all of the stains. However, as a result my clothes reeked of acid. I needed a way to remove the smell and my white clothes would be amazing again.



Then, I realized my flaw during my laundry process after spot cleaning with vinegar- I was using hot water. After seeing an ad that promoted cold water because it uses less water and energy to wash my clothes, I wanted to try it because of the California drought making water more expensive than other areas. Amazingly, after I used cold water to wash my white clothes, they did not have that horrible odor of vinegar, but

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instead smelled like my detergent. Additionally, using cold water prevents clothes, especially cotton, from shrinking and making it uncomfortable. Air drying with cool air seals the prevention of permanent shrinkage for those items that just fit perfectly.




Now, every time I wash my white clothes, I remember to give it a little vinegar bath to wash out all of the

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unneeded blemishes and let the vinegar soak in for a good five to ten minutes, depending on the soilage.  Lastly, I would wash it with a regular amount of detergent on tap cold water and air dry it for about two hours. Air drying takes longer to dry clothes because of the lack of heat. Finally, my white clothes are clean and new again.