bluing for whiter whites

How to use bluing to whiten clothes – the short version

Simply mix a few drops – depending on wash load size – of Mrs Stewart’s Liquid Bluing in 1 to 2 litres of cold water. Then add to the washing cycle or final rinse water. Instructions on every bottle.

How to use bluing to whiten clothes – the longer version

For any wash, you only need a few drops of Mrs Stewart’s Bluing.

How many drops depends upon the load setting of the washing machine and whether you use bluing in either the full wash or the rinse cycles.

For the full wash cycle, use no more than ¼ teaspoon.

For the rinse cycle, use less than ⅛ teaspoon. We recommend you mix the bluing into a minimum 1 litre capacity container filled with cold water. Then pour it into the machine with the washing present.

We do not recommend soaking clothing in bluing water. A simple dip or rinse is sufficient.

We also do not recommend using bluing in conjunction with bleach or fabric softener. Whilst there is no risk of any hazardous chemical reaction, we do know that bleach encourages more permanent adherence of bluing to fabric. Bleach can easily damage fabrics, whilst bluing is very gentle and will not harm the fibres. And bear in mind most fabric softener manufacturers generally recommend that softener is not used in conjunction with any other laundry product.

How to use bluing to whiten clothes – the longer longer version

For regular automatic top loading washers we recommend diluting ¼ teaspoon of bluing (or less, depending on wash load size) in a minimum of 1 litre of cold water. Then add the diluted bluing to your already full wash or rinse cycle.

For front-loading washing machines, the same principle applies. Please bear in mind we do not recommend dispensing bluing from your automatic fabric softener dispenser. This is because most are too small in capacity to allow for adequate dilution. This can result in ‘spotting’, where the bluing is not evenly distributed over the clothes. It’s really important that bluing is well diluted before coming in contact with fabric.

Do the dispensing drawers on your washer remain unlocked during the cycle? If yes, then pour at least 1 litre of diluted Mrs Stewart’s Bluing concentrate through the dispenser directly into the cycle after it has already filled with water.

If the drawers on your washer lock, we recommend you dilute Mrs Stewart’s Bluing as normal. And then put as much diluted bluing as will fit into the largest available drawer.