For someone who is clumsy and accident prone, I sure do love wearing whites. They look great in every season and are great contrasting item, especially with my favorite faux-leather jacket. I used to totally avoid wearing them, until I got smart in the art of keeping my whites at their whitest. I promise it’s not as hard as you think it will be with these five hacks.
1. Get the materials that are easy to clean
Not all materials are made equal, especially when it comes to cleaning them. Now I’m not saying you should completely avoid certain materials. On second thought, maybe you should depending on your cleaning tolerance. Based on my experience, the #1 material to avoid (especially when it comes to shoes and bags) is white suede, both the faux and real variety. They are notoriously difficult to keep clean and after some time, no matter how good you are at taking care of the fabric, it will take on a grayish hue. This change in tone will even be more stark if the bag/ shoes is made of mix material. This happened to one of my white bag that’s made out of regular leather and have white suede accents on them. After a while the suede material turned a different color, even though I got them professionally cleaned on occasion. I’m not a fan of the look so I stopped using the bag as much.
Canvas is another material that I find difficult if it’s not the only material the item is made out of. All white shoes or bags made from canvas is no problem since you can just soak them and/or throw them in the washer. But things get dicey when they have leather accents since soaking them can ruin the leather.
Whats best material then? I would stick to all leather items (of the non-suede variety) as they’re easiest to protect and cleaning can be as easy as wiping off the stain, if you get to it quick enough.
2. Have the right supplies ready before getting the white items
One of the best ways to keep your whites fresh and clean is to be r-e-a-d-y for them, and that means having supplies on hand before you even start wearing the items out. Here are a few items you might want to have handy in your arsenal:
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- BootRescue All-Natural Cleaning Wipes
- OxyClean Stain Remover
- Clear Polish
- Stain protectant
With all of the above, don’t forget to spot test everything in a hidden area first. Better to be safe than sorry.
3. Carry to-go cleaning supplies with you
Stains are most likely to happen while you’re out and about, not when you’re at home. Because of that, it’s never a bad idea to have the cleaning supplies with you. Boot rescue has individually wrapped wipes that fit even your smallest clutch. No matter what color Tide To Go pen is always a great idea for clumsy stain-prone peeps, like me.
4. Don’t put off cleaning
This is true for all materials, but especially the fabric kinds. Those stain will set, so if you brought along the stain removing pen or wipes with you, use it right away. If you don’t have it, then water (and maybe soap or club soda if you have it handy) will have to do. But definitely take care of it as soon as you get home. If not, you’ll be sorry later!
5. Soak, soak, soak it in
Oxyclean really works wonders, even with set stains, assuming you have the time and space to soak it. So if you’re lucky enough to have a free tub or deep sink available, then you should use it.
My outfit Combo: maternity oversized kimono shirt from BCBGeneration, faux suede pencil skirt from Wet Seal, long faux leather asymmetrical zip moto jacket from BCBGeneration, cat clutch from Mara’s Dream, the alta sneakers from Greats.