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How to Whiten Chiffon

author image Mimi Bullock
Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.
How to Whiten Chiffon
A window with white chiffon curtains. Photo Credit: David Crespo/Moment Open/Getty Images

Made from nylon, silk or polyester, chiffon is an elegant fabric for evening wear or wedding gowns. When this delicate fabric is not stored correctly or is a vintage piece, you may notice yellowing. Many chiffon garments must be professionally cleaned. Clean washable garments with extra care.

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Step 1

Read the fabric care label. If dry cleaning is suggested, take the garment to a professional dry cleaner. Point out the areas that need to be whitened or cleaned.

Step 2

For washable garments, fill a sink, plastic tub or a clean bath tub half full of cool water and a cap full of oxygen-based bleach. This kind of bleach is gentler than liquid chlorine bleach. Perform a test on a small section of the garment to make sure the bleaching treatment will not damage the fabric.

Step 3

Submerge the garment in the water and soak it for an hour. For brighter whites, you may have to soak the garment several times.

Step 4

Squeeze the water from the fabric by twisting the fabric slightly, but do not squeeze tightly or crush the chiffon.

Step 5

Spread the garment on a towel and roll it up in the towel to absorb the liquid. Replace the towel as needed.

Step 6

Hang the garment or lay it flat to dry.

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