Whiten your whites without using bleach or harmful detergents

White clothing might look crisp in the summer months, but it can be one of the hardest items to keep
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White clothing might look crisp in the summer months, but it can be one of the hardest items to keep looking bright and new after a few wears.

Your sweat and natural body oils can become stains on the fabric, and if you aren’t the sort of person to separate your whites in the wash it won’t be long before other colours find their way into discolouring your item of clothing.

While most people would reach for the bleach, considered a wonder cleaner, there is a much safer, less toxic and DIY solution you could try instead.

Get yourself some lemons!

This can be used for t-shirts, white napkins, linens and even socks.

What you want to do

  • Fill a pot with water and a few slices of fresh lemon
  • Bring the water to a boil
  • Turn off the heat and add your white item/s
  • Leave soak for up to an hour
  • Run through a laundry cycle as normal.
  • If you want the item to be extra bright, get them out into the sunshine!

    By using this citrus soak you’ll avoid having to use harsh chemicals and this will increase the lifespan of your white items.

    Do you have a tip on how to whiten whites without bleach? Share it with us.

    1. Gert  

      What size pot?

      How many slices of lemon?

      How many articles?

      • Glenda Hymers  

        Do we put them in the HOT water to soak? Please.

    2. Suzanne  

      Yikes! I’ve just come from my local supermarket where lemons about the size of a small egg were being sold @ $1.70 EACH!!!! I don’t think I’ll be using them in the laundry any time soon!

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