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My rather lazy habit of mixed washing white and coloured clothing does result in some of my undies acquiring an unattractive grey tinge over time, so I was very interested to hear about Dylon's 'Lingerie Whitener'. I hoped that this simple product might give some of my greying formerly white bras a new lease of life.
The first issue I experienced, having decided that this was just the product I needed, was sourcing the item in the first place. My local Morrisons and Wilkinsons stock a variety of Dylon products but neither sell this specific Lingerie Whitener. Even a search online at mysupermarket.co.uk didn't yield many results, as none of the major supermarkets appear to stock this particular product. Eventually, following a tip from a review, I resorted to good old Amazon where I purchased a packet from a third party seller for just under £4 including postage.
The packaging is completely different to that illustrated here on Dooyoo, coming in a slim and cheerful pink box with a reassuring 'before' and 'after' image on the front and the promise that this is suitable for restoring the colour of any all white underwear, whether cotton, frilly, silk or synthetic. The straightforward step-by-step instructions are helpfully printed on the back of the box, so no leaflets to mislay.
Unlike standard 'in wash' whitening products that I'd tried before (with fairly unimpressive results) this cleaning product needs to be used by hand, which is slightly less convenient although I do think the end results justify the extra work involved. Inside the box are two separate packages; a whitener and an activator which both need to be added to a bowlful of hot water. Whilst previous reviewers have suggested using half or less of the product at a time, as a more economical option, I'm not sure how practical this suggestion actually is. As one sachet contains a liquid and one a powder, I think it would be impossible to add equal amounts from each sachet and having unequal quantities may have an impact on the effectiveness of the product. There is also then the issue of securely storing opened sachets containing potentially dangerous chemicals. I preferred to follow the instructions and used the entire contents of both sachets. Even at £4 for the box, this is still much more cheaper than replacing the two bras I wanted to whiten and I could have added more items to the same bowl for the same price.
The instructions recommend soaking for 30 minutes in hottest tap water (approximately 60 degrees) or overnight at a slightly lower temperature. I decided to use very hot tap water and soaked my bras for around an hour, hoping to achieve maximum results that way. As recommended, I wore rubber gloves whilst adding the separate sachets to the water and mixing as this product does use strong chemicals with a risk of skin irritation, despite the claim that this is a 'gentle formula.'
The only issue I experienced following the otherwise simple instructions was that it proved difficult to leave the items fully submerged in the hot water. I only washed two bras but found that the straps kept floating out of the water, like trying to dump a dead body in a stream that kept bobbing back up! I did have to keep prodding and stirring occasionally, to ensure that the bras were fully under the water as much as possible, so I was glad that I decided to soak for longer than instructed.
The only thing that I hadn't really anticipated whilst using this product was the unpleasant and strong smell during soaking. I'd grabbed the chance to use this whilst my toddler was having his nap in his pushchair in the kitchen, which perhaps wasn't the best idea as I found the smell from the soaking undies very quickly permeated the room. Fortunately, it wasn't that strong, choking chlorine bleach kind of smell, instead the combined formula reminded me of the distinctive and very unpleasant scent of hair remover or at least the scent it had back in the days when it was still known as 'Immac' rather than 'Veet'. This is not a nice smell and I also found that it lingered for a while on the clean clothing, even after a thorough rinsing by hand followed by a 40 degree machine wash afterwards.
The overall whitening results of this little package can't be faulted, however. My formerly white bras were looking particularly grey and dingy, to the point where I was feeling embarrassed about wearing them. After one hour soaking, both bras really were restored to their former glory, looking as perfectly white as brand new underwear! Having tried so-called whitening products on them previously with very little visible difference, the dramatic results from this were brilliant. All of the bra, including the straps which had done their best to escape, were pure white and suitable for public viewing (within reason!) again, making this a truly worthwhile purchase and one that lived up to its claims. Despite the strong chemicals used to achieve such dramatic whitening results, the product clearly was gentle on the fabric and there has no been no damage to my delicate underwear in any way, genuinely leaving them as good as new.
This whitening product does involve a little more effort and time than simple 'in wash' options, and works out slightly more expensive but the results really do justify the extra effort and cost. This is certainly much more cost effective than replacing underwear simply due to greying and discolouration and is a product that I'm happy to recommend and will certainly repurchase, even with the unpleasant smell to put up with during use.
Sometimes I notice that some of my favourite white underwear just isn't looking as white as I would like. This is despite me using soda crystals and tablets specifically for these delicate whites. Of course this isn't something that I like and when I am wearing white underwear underneath a white blouse or T-shirt I don't want slightly greying underwear to be showing up underneath and making me look like I don't care about my appearance.
Dylon lingerie whitener is something that I have been using for a couple of years now as well as their black dye and several others to keep my favourite items of clothing looking at their best as much as possible. The last time that I wanted to use this I couldn't actually find it in my local Tesco so I spent just under £4 buying a two sachet packet from Amazon with free delivery.
To use this is very simple. I just fill a plastic washing up bowl that I keep for numerous soaking related things with hot water and then open up the two sachets, mix those together and add some of this to the water. The two sachets are an activator and a whitener. If you should want to you can use less than the whole mixed sachets to make this last longer and it should be ample for 4 or 5 different items. I tend to do all of my white lingerie together two items at a time. I add some of this to the hot water, mix around and leave to soak for about 30 minutes or so. I then place these two items in the washing machine, change the water, add some more of this whitener and repeat the process. I am then able to wash all of the white items together and they always come out looking sparkling and much whiter than they were before.
I have found that this is suitable for items made from all different materials including silk, cotton and nylon. This is gentle on my clothing and doesn't cause any damage to my delicate items. This is really good value in my opinion as it brings my whites back to their best and does so with ease. This is very simple to use and it works incredibly well. Being able to take the whites from the washing up bowl and putting them straight in to the machine without even rinsing properly was easy for me and I found that my usual delicates cycle was ideal for rinsing this off.
I find that using this every 6 months or so is ideal and one packet is great for pretty much all of my white underwear. I like knowing that my whites look their best at all times and when you spend good money on nice lingerie it is always good to keep it looking good. This causes no damage at all to any of my garments and I will definitely continue using this again in the future. I paid over the odds for mine because I couldn't find it in Tesco but I am sure that there are other stores around that sell this, I was just conscious that I'd spend more in petrol searching around other stores than I would pay extra just buying it online.
Every now and then I notice that my whitest whites have turned a shade of grey (not 50), and rather than chucking them all away, I use the Dylon Lingerie Whitener to get them looking new again. I don't spend a fortune on underwear but have a few favourites from La Senza and don't like to throw them away, especially when there is a product on the market that works.
The gentle formula was what made me a little dubious at first, as I wondered how something so delicate could strip the pale grey tinge from my delicates and turn them white again, but it actually works! I sometimes even use it on my little girls school vests, although I alternate with a Dr Beckmann whitener too.
The product is effective on silk as well as cottons. Now to use this product you don't simply chuck the product in to the washing machine like you do with some whiteners, you have to actually do something yourself! To start out you need to fill the sink or a bowl with hot water. Then you need to take out the two sachets from the box and equally mix the two together. There is an activator and a whitener. You don't chuck the lot in, there is enough for a good few uses (I would say 4 or 5), and if you keep this to doing all the items together (I usually do it about once a month), then the box will last ages. I buy about 2 boxes a year, and for around £2 per box it's better value than buying new underwear all the time (I obviously do buy new underwear but not every month!). After you have let the items soak for about half an hour, you can throw them in a hot wash in the washing machine and they come out sparkling.
I think this product is excellent value and provides lasting results. It is ideal for families or for people who perhaps don't separate colours before washing. It's gentle on the skin so no worries about using on young children's or even baby items. A good all rounder at a great price.
No matter how white and pure my underwear starts out, somehow it all seems to eventually end up a dull grey colour. Now, this is probably in some part down to me not being the sort of person that seperates my laundry - I just bung the lot in to be washed .
Now, the greying knickers and bra's may look a bit grim, but they still function - no holes or other tattiness, so I tend to keep them, and carry on wearing them. Every so often, once I have enough greying undies, I whiten them , using Dylon Lingerie Whitener , which costs a little under 2quid a box, and is available in most supermarkets . This box contains enough powder to whiten 5-8 items according to the instructions on the back.
Inside the box are two sealed sachets, a whitener and an activator.
To use this, put some hot water into a bucket, open the sachets, chuck in and mix. Then chuck in the greying undies, leave them to soak for half an hour, and poke them about a bit occasionally to make sure they are evenly soaked. . Then, after thirty minutes, give them a wash, and dry them! Pretty simple really - and the instructions on the pack are very easy to follow .
This stuff definately works - while I'd hesitate to say my underwear looked as good as new, it looked a lot better, and I certainly wouldn't be embarrassed if someone saw it hanging on my line. At less than £2 a pack, it costs less than a new pair of decent knickers, and its great for making your money go further during the credit crunch. It is designed for lingerie, so is very suitable for more intricate detail and some of the richer fabrics, the instructions let you know which kinds this isn't suitable for.
I'd definately recommend this to anyone who wants to revive some slightly tired but still serviceable underwear rather than buy new.
Bring back the white in your undergarments / For delicate lingerie and silk.