White is the favourite colour in summer and not only, which keeps us safe from the strong sun rays and brings us good disposition, but after a few washes, the articles of clothing can get unwanted shades of grey, green, etc., or borrow colours from other clothes that we made the mistake of washing them together. However, there are solutions tested by generations of women, which allow even bleaching of synthetic fibres, when chlorine or other sophisticated products do not prove their effectiveness.
White clothes and white things, including towels or linens, we all like because it exudes freshness and cleanliness. But what do you do when after some washing and wearing, the white is no longer so white and begins to turn a yellow colour? The hard water and even the balm of laundry contribute to the yellowing of the white clothes, so it is good to know some tricks to keep the white and the freshness of the white things.
Make a mixture of lemon juice and warm water in which to leave the laundry approximately one hour before washing them.
Add half a cup of white vinegar to the washing machine to whiten the laundry. Apart from bleaching, vinegar also has the property to make fabrics softer, acting as a laundry softener.
Oxygen peroxide found in this substance is a milder bleach than chlorine, so you can put half a cup of hydrogen peroxide in the washing machine for bleaching clothes. Another option is to leave the laundry soaked for two hours in a solution made of water and hydrogen peroxide, and then wash them at a high temperature (60 degrees Celsius, 140 degrees Fahrenheit).
Sodium bicarbonate is very effective in many whitening actions: surfaces, teeth, even clothes. Add half a cup of baking soda to the washing machine before washing white clothes.
Borax powder is made from sodium borate, a natural mineral also called boric acid. Borax is a very good home disinfectant, deodorant and antiseptic and does not aggravate allergies as other detergents that contain strong perfumes and dyes. You can use borax as a washing amplifier, add half a cup of borax powder along with your regular detergent, for a brighter white.
You can even remove the stains from the white clothes with borax if you leave them soaked in hot water mixed with half a cup of borax powder. The effect is much stronger if the stains are fresh.
In case you want a bleaching solution that you will use frequently, we present a natural bleaching recipe, which you can make at home.
Quantities for a 3.7 Liters container:
- – 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide with 3% hydrogen peroxide
- – 1/2 cup lemon juice
- – distilled water (or drinking water, the idea is not to be hard water)
- – 10-12 drops of lemon essential oil
- 1. Mix all the ingredients in the chosen container. Preferably a bottle with lid. Stir gently to combine ingredients.
- 2. Use a cup of this home bleach in the washing cycle to bleach your clothes.
Dissolve one cup of baking soda in approximately 4 litres of warm water. This mixture is not only a great whitening solution for your clothes but also an effective deodoriser. Soak your white laundry in the solution for around eight hours before the usual wash.
Be careful, before using bleach on your clothes, check the care label, if it says “no bleach” then do not use bleach, not even the all-fabric bleach.
Always separate white clothes and coloured clothes, do not mix them in the washing machine.