The #1 question I get from families, friends and aquaintances is “How do you whiten your clothes without bleach?”
Now the number one tip I can give for getting and keeping white clothes really white is pre-soaking them in a sink full of water with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide.
Another great way to get your clothes white is to add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to your load and line dry OUTSIDE. *
That being said, I rarely remember to pre-wash, and it’s winter, so I’m not line drying my clothes outside. So here’s what I do:
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide or 2 tbsps of Ecover Powder Bleach alternative (or 1/4 cup Ecover Liquid Bleach alternative
3 tbsps Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent
2 scoops Oxo Brite dissolved in warm water (I have a 3.5 lb container that lasts for months, but you can find it smaller here.)
Top-load washer instructions:
Pour all ingredients in and let washer fill with warm water. Then add clothes and pause cycle to let the clothes soak for 30 mins. After 30mins I continue washing and drying as usual. (I usually wash warm and rinse cold to save on my hot water bill!)
Front-load washer instructions:
If you have a front loader (like me), add your dingiest clothes first, (in our house that’s socks usually) then fill the washer partway with water, then stop the cycle and add the rest of your white clothes. Start the cycle again and when it beings to churn
Sexy (my hubby) pre-treats his collars buy spraying hydrogen peroxide directly on them and rubbing them together before throwing them in the laundry. If when I go to wash, they still seem dingy, I’ll make a paste of peroxide and baking soda and rub it on the stain. This works well for underarm stains as well! I only use Hydrogen peroxide on whites and light colored clothing. (It won’t leave those ugly bleach spots either). Oxo Brite I use on my colored wash too.
*Note: Do NOT mix lemon juice and peroxide together in your washer. It will eat holes in your clothes!
How do you get YOUR clothes white without bleach?