Whites are the hardest color to keep looking bright and new after just a few months’ time.
Your sweat and oils quickly become stains, and colors from other clothes will eventually bleed into the fabric, discoloring your bright whites into something merely whitish.
A lot of people use laundry detergents that contain optical brighteners. Their purpose is to make the clothes brighter or whiter than they are. Optical brighteners are synthetic chemicals that make fabrics appear to glow in the presence of ultraviolet light and make us think that our clothes are very clean. A lot of optical brighteners are derived from benzene which is quite dangerous substance.
Optical brighteners can be linked with allergic reaction in individuals known as phototoxicity. Phototoxicity occurs when we wear clothes treated with optical brighteners. The chemicals enter into the skin and on the daylight they start to react and cause irritation and rash which can look like sunburn.
But before you reach for the bleach, the ultimate chemical cleaner, try some a few of these safer, less-toxic DIY solutions out instead.
Read about 2 different methods for using lemon juice for whitening your clothes:
- Place the white clothes in a big basin.
- Fill the basin with hot water.
- After adding a large amount of lemon juice in the basin, put the white clothes and leave them to soak overnight.
- The next day, remove the clothes from the basin and put them in your washing machine with some other detergent you use for washing the clothes.
Use this method as many times as needed and your clothes will be whither than ever.
NOTE: If the first time does not bring positive results, try this method one more time
Do not leave the clothes in the lemon juice for a long period of time
The easiest way is to wash your clothes in the washing machine and in the middle of the rinse cycle add a cup of lemon juice. Hang the clothes out to dry in the sun.
With a homemade mixture of water and baking soda, you can whiten your whites without any additives in your washing machine. Combine four liters of water with one cup of baking soda, and drop in your white laundry. Let it soak, and your clothes will be fresh and clean once finished.
Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
A common item in medicine cabinets, hydrogen peroxide can breathe new life into your dulled whites Hydrogen peroxide (3%) is non-chlorine bleach. If you decide to use it then add one cup of hydrogen peroxide in your regular laundry detergent.
If you have dishwasher detergent at home you can use it for whitening your clothes but only if it is eco-friendly. Make sure to choose chlorine- and phosphate-free detergent. So add one cup of dishwasher detergent in your regular laundry detergent.
Aspirin, a great aid for headaches and all other aches, breaks down the gunk that’s yellowed your whites. Dissolve five white aspirin pills in water, and add your clothes to the mix. Let them soak a while, and then toss them into your washer. Be sure to stay away from the colored varieties of aspirin, though, or your whites could come out with a colorful tincture.
Distilled White Vinegar
With your usual laundry detergent add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. Don’t worry about the unpleasant vinegar odor because it will be gone after drying.
You can use vinegar to spray it on spots, collar and armpit stains.