Laundry Hacks: How to Keep Whites Bright

Blossom Lady
Sep 30, 2020 08:13 AM
Laundry Hacks: How to Keep Whites Bright

Clean, fresh laundry brings a sense of order and tidiness into our lives, but no matter how hard you try, white clothes start to look faded after only a few washes. 

We have a ton of white clothes in our house between socks and school uniforms, along with any other mainly white clothes that we wear. I get asked how I keep my whites so white all the time, so today I'm glad to share some useful white laundry tips with you.

Many of us have banished chlorine bleach from our homes, as it can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs, poison fish and insects, and release carcinogenic dioxins during production. Fortunately, there are still plenty of ways keep white linens, socks, and other fabrics sparkling, and you probably already have the necessary ingredients around the house.

Pre-Soak Your Laundry with Lemons.

Laundry Hacks: How to Keep Whites Bright
Fill your basin with hot water and 1-2 sliced lemons (depending on how soiled your clothes are). Add your laundry, let it soak for one to two hours, and wash as normal in your washing machine. If your clothes need an extra brightening boost, boil the water first, add the lemons and clothing, and let it sit overnight. Be sure to check the fabric care instructions for each garment to ensure that it can handle hot water. Never use this method on fabrics that require washing in cold water.

Choose Natural Laundry Detergents with Gentle Formulas.

Laundry Hacks: How to Keep Whites Bright
Continual washing with harsh detergents will wear down even the strongest materials. Prolong the life of your wardrobe and household linens with a gentler formula. Better choose detergent with plant-based enzymes and natural minerals to clean just as effectively as synthetic brands – without harsh residues. For the best way to whiten clothes, use it with any of the natural methods listed above.

Tackle Multiple Laundry Issues with Vinegar.

Laundry Hacks: How to Keep Whites Bright
In addition to brightening white clothes, distilled white vinegar softens fabric while neutralizing odors. Simply pour 1/4 cup of vinegar to an already-running machine during the last rinse cycle. For clothes that need a bit more attention, soak them for a few hours in a basin full of water and one cup of white vinegar.

Treat Your Whites with Hydrogen Peroxide.

Laundry Hacks: How to Keep Whites Bright
Will hydrogen peroxide bleach clothes? Not only does this medicine-cabinet staple disinfect mild cuts and wounds, but it’s also an excellent laundry whitener. When starting a load, simply pour 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide straight into your detergent or bleach dispenser. Proceed with your regular laundry routine. Hydrogen peroxide also does wonders on embarrassing underarm stains. Make a paste of equal parts hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and water. Cover stains with a ¼” layer and allow it to sit for about 30 to 60 minutes. Lightly remove any extra residue with a soft brush and throw the item in the washer.

Use baking soda for exercise clothes.

Laundry Hacks: How to Keep Whites Bright
For daily laundry, add one cup of baking soda or white distilled vinegar to your wash water each time you wash exercise clothes. The baking soda or white distilled vinegar will help neutralize odor and make your detergent work more efficiently.

Reduce Your Utility Bill and Get Whiter Clothes.

Laundry Hacks: How to Keep Whites Bright
There's something comforting about the smell of crisp, sun-dried linens, and hanging laundry out to dry is another natural laundry whitener. In fact, the longer you leave them in the sun, the greater the brightening effect. There are plenty of other reasons to switch to line drying. Not only does tumble-drying shrink and fade your clothing, but the Department of Energy determined that switching to line drying could conserve up to 4% of your electricity usage.

A Few Socks Hacks.

Laundry Hacks: How to Keep Whites Bright
Let's all take a moment of silence for all of the lost socks in the world and do through some useful tips to never get them lost again.
1) Buy only white socks. This is exactly the way that we combat having to pair all the socks by only buying white socks! I usually grab a giant package of tall and ankle white socks. There's no more matching pairs of socks this way, try this hack!
2) If colored socks are a must-have in your house, but you're still tired of always matching them, don't worry! Leave a small safety pin attached to the side of a sock and train your family to pin them together before throwing them in the dirty clothes. You'll never have to worry about sorting and matching socks again.
3) Check the lining of the washer for lost socks. Well, there's no clarity how long those puppies have been hiding in there, so make sure that you check it regularly, especially after you wash socks.
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Jul 20, 2021 03:47 PM (edited)

I really like these laundry  hacks. I'm gonna try them and Hope for success with my laundry being Bright ☺️