6 Fresh Ways to Whiten Yellowing Clothes Without Harsh Chemicals
We all have white clothes in our closet that we bought to wear at meetings or during summer days, but over time, they’ve acquired a slightly yellow tinge. If you’re clueless about how to get them sparkling white again, we can help.
This Bright Side article provides you with 6 natural ways to whiten your clothes without using harmful chemicals or bleaching agents.
1. Use the ultimate whitener, the sun.
Once you’ve washed your clothes, hang them on a clothesline and let the sun do the drying. Skip the dryer. The sun’s rays will bleach your clothing without the smell and dangers of bleach.
This happens because the sun’s ultraviolet rays break the chemical bonds in the stain, causing the color of the stains to fade away. This is the same action that chemical bleaching agents perform.
2. A citrus soak often does the trick.
Lemon juice is an excellent bleach that can give your white clothes a new glow and you don’t risk over-bleaching as you would if you used a chemical bleaching agent. Mix half a cup of lemon juice into 1 gallon of hot water. Stir well and soak your clothes in it for an hour or even overnight.
Remove the clothes from the mixture and pour the remainder of it into your washing machine and wash your clothes as you normally would.
Lemon juice can also be used to remove rust stains from your clothing. Apply lemon juice over the rust stain and sprinkle some cream of tartar over the juice. Rub the solution over the stain and let it sit for about 30 minutes. The stain should go away. Then wash normally.
3. Add a dose of white vinegar while washing.
Vinegar should be your clothes’ best friend. From bleaching clothes and removing hard-to-lift stains to deodorizing, vinegar can do all these things and much more. To bleach your white clothes, make a solution by mixing 1/4 cup of lemon juice with 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar. Use this solution as an alternative to bleach.
If you have smelly clothes, you can deodorize them by adding 1 cup of vinegar to the washer during the last rinse cycle.
4. Add baking soda to your washing machine.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is chemically very similar to washing soda (sodium carbonate) and can, therefore, be used similarly. Baking soda is also a natural deodorizer, so your clothes will not only be brighter, but they’ll also have a very fresh feeling to them.
Baking soda is also a mild antiseptic, so your clothes and your washing machine will both be protected from bacterial growth.
5. Use natural laundry detergents.
While most of us grew up knowing only chemical detergents, today we can also purchase natural ones. They’re made up of plant-based enzymes and natural minerals that clean as effectively as their synthetic siblings. On a much more positive side, they’re not as harsh on fabric as synthetic detergents which can go a long way in prolonging the life of your beloved clothes.
The best part, however, is that they’re biodegradable and non-polluting, unlike the normal detergents that we use.
6. Blue is the new white.
Blue and yellow are complementary colors. So, adding a bluing liquid offsets the yellowish tinge that your clothes might have acquired. Follow instructions on the packaging to add the bluing liquid. Adding just 1/4 of a teaspoon to 1/8 of a teaspoon should do the trick.
How many yellowing white dresses are lying in your closet? Are you going to try these cleaning hacks on them? Let us know in the comments. And if you found this article useful, share it with your friends. After all, their white clothes deserve to shine like new too!