Many households have stopped using chlorine bleach to whiten their laundry, as it can irritate the skin, eyes and lungs. Furthermore, it poisons our land and wildlife and releases carcinogenic dioxins during its production. Luckily, there are still plenty of ways to keep your laundry bright, and you probably already have the necessary items in your home.
Baking soda whitens, freshens and softens fabrics. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda along with your regular laundry detergent. For spot treatment, make a paste of baking soda and water and apply directly to the stain.
Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
Hydrogen peroxide is a non-chlorine bleach. Add 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide along with your regular laundry detergent.
Add 1/4 cup of dishwasher detergent along with your regular laundry detergent. For a more eco-friendly option, choose a dishwasher detergent that is free of chlorine and phosphate.
Distilled white vinegar
Vinegar also whitens, freshens and softens fabrics. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of distilled white vinegar along with your regular laundry detergent. No need to worry about the vinegar smell, as it will dispel after drying. Vinegar can also be sprayed directly onto stains for spot treatment, as well as collar and underarm stains.
Lemon juice brightens and freshens fabrics. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lemon juice along with your regular laundry detergent.
Fill a large pot with water and a sliced lemon. Bring to a boil, turn off heat and add clothing or linens. Let soak for an hour and then launder as usual.
Hang your laundry out to dry in the sun. Line-drying in the sun not only brightens whites but also keeps your laundry smelling fresh.