Keep whites looking their best with white vinegar.

How to Wash a Dirty White Coat

by Amy Davidson

A white coat can provide a crisp, clean look to any style. A dingy white coat, on the other hand, can translate to a dirty, disheveled look. Cleaning a white coat should be done with a few considerations, but is easy to do with some natural treatments and a little work.

Mix together 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with 3 tablespoons of baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to any heavily stained areas, brushing it in with a clean toothbrush. Work the stain treatment deep into the heavy fibers of the coat. Common areas where stains can accumulate on white coats are the armpits, collar and front, so treat as needed in these areas.

Let the paste set for an hour, preferably in direct sunlight. Wash the white coat as directed by the label. During the rinse cycle, add ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of all-natural lemon juice. Vinegar will help keep white from dulling as the soap is rinsed away, while lemon juice will help make your jacket brighter.

Hang the coat in direct sunlight to dry. This will freshen your white coat and help to brighten it. If time is an issue, dry using the highest heat that the label directs.

Items you will need

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Toothbrush
  • Lemon juice


  • Always read labels to ensure that there are no special precautions to be taken with regards to care. If your coat is dry-clean only, take it to a professional to have it cleaned.

About the Author

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.

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