White clothes are a must-have in every wardrobe, however, maintaining them white is pretty hard. It seems as though whenever you wear your favourite white T-shirt you never miss spilling coffee or other things that leave stains on the fabric. But many people want to avoid using bleach and other harsh chemicals that are normally used for whitening light coloured clothes. This means that you have to search for more natural alternatives… and today, I have decided to share with you exactly which ingredients to use when you want to whiten your white clothes.
– Use Lemons
Yes, lemons are a great alternative to bleach. Of course, they are not as powerful so you need to be patient with the result, however, lemons will brighten your white clothes.
Fill a bucket with hot water then add the juice of a few lemons in there. If you want, you can also cut a lemon into tiny pieces then add it to the mixture to make the lemon water stronger and more effective! Then place the clothes you want to whiten in there and leave them for a few hours so they can soak in the lemon water.
Then it’s time to wash them as normal.
– Use Vinegar
Another acidic natural ingredient you can use is distilled white vinegar. Throw the clothes you want to brighten in your washing machine and wash them as normal. Before the last rinse cycle, add 1/4 cup of vinegar where you normally add the laundry detergent.
If you don’t think that this will work and you need something stronger then definitely soak the clothes in a bucket filled with hot water and vinegar for a few hours before you wash them.
– Use Hydrogen Peroxide
This is probably one of my favourite ways to brighten up my white clothes. Hydrogen peroxide is an amazing alternative to bleach and it is extremely effective! Just add a cup of hydrogen peroxide where you normally would add laundry detergent in your washing machine – and turn the appliance on!
– Use Baking Soda
And last on my list is using baking soda. This is a great way to brighten your white clothes as well as get rid of stains and bad odours.
Simply add half a cup of baking soda into the water of your running washing machine and wait for it to dissolve. Then run a normal cycle!