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When washing whites, use borax rather than bleach to whiten. Bleach can cause yellowing if used a great deal and will eat holes in your clothes after a number of uses. I find borax is a better whitening agent for the fabrics I wear.
I totally agree. I've been using Borax instead of bleach with whites for a couple of years now, and I definitely prefer it. The clothes are very white, soft, and have a fresh smell......no residual bleach smell. I even put Borax in with heavily soiled colored clothes. It only takes about 1/2 cup Borax per load.
I am a bleach fiend and have recently been searching frugal tips. I actually have found borax in some homemade cleaners recipes. Do yu know if they have this at places like Sam's or BJ's, costco?
I've found borax at the grocery store, WalMart and other places in the laundry section. I haven't seen any at Costco and we don't have a Sam's Club nearby and don't know about BJs but it is readily available at nearly all grocery stores. It's usually near the Borateem and non chlorine bleach products. I use it a lot. It's a great additive for laundry or any home made cleaning product.
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Is this like a color safe bleach alternative this borax?
I also agree. Not only do I use borax in my wash I will use baking soda and white vinegar in my wash also, and my laundry is the better for it. I often will soak my white clothes in the machine with the detergent and the other stuff and my white clothes are beautiful. I buy borax by the boxes and store them in an old cat liter container. I do the same with the baking soda and scoop out as I need to.ANother thing that I do with borax and baking soda is sprinkle some on my carpet one hour or so before I vacuum and it does wonders it keeps my house smelling fresh and clean not perfumey.
Can I use borax with washing powder that already contains whitening agents?
Editor's Note: It should be fine. Borax doesn't have any whitening agents but it really just boosts the cleaning and picks up odors.
how does borax remove stains
My daughter wears a white uniform shirt but it has a navy trim on the collar and the sleeves. How can I whiten it, since I can't use bleach?
I bought a new washing machine where I can use only HE laundry detergent.It uses much less watter, so the detergent has to be strong.I don't like that, but manufacturers are warning against using something else. I would like to switch to smtg natural for environmental and health reasons. Does smbd knows, if I can use Borax, vinegar, peroxide, washing soda in my new machine and also which natural laundry detergent I could use there?Thank you.
Will using Borax on a black rayon dress cause the black to fade?
Lulo, actually HE detergent is WEAKER than regular detergent. This is because front-loading washers depend on forcing the water and detergent through the clothing fibres as it tumbles, rather than on any sort of sudsing action. And since they use less water than conventional washers (about a third), the detergent must be weaker for this reason as well. However, this doesn't mean you can just cut the amount of your regular detergent and keep using it. Even small amounts of regular detergent cause some sudsing; this sudsing action actually works against getting your clothes clean in a front-loader. Use a good HE detergent (Tide is the best) and if you wish to add Borax, use half or one third the normal amount. Since a half cup is the usual amount for a conventional washer, use at most one quarter cup of Borax along with your HE detergent. Also remember that Borax's oxygenating (bleaching) action works better at warmer temps, so use warm water.
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What can I use in a laundry load (besides bleach) to disinfect colored clothing after a child has been ill and has soiled underclothing and bedding?
By SLL from MO
Borax, you should be able to find it (powdered) in the laundry section of your store.
I'd use borax too. Maybe wash twice, with hot water, or if not hot water, twice on longest cycle, and dryer dry. I forgot; since it's summer, hang the garments/bedding in hot sun. Sun plus ozone from the atmosphere is a great disinfectant.
I've used Dettol for disinfecting loads of colored laundry.
White vinegar is a disinfectant. Just pour some in where your fabric softener would normally go. The vinegar smell will go away when the clothing is dried in the dryer. Hotels even use vinegar for cleaning purposes. It is an economical disinfectant.
Ditto on the distilled vinegar.
In my opinion, hot water and detergent are all you really need clean your household laundry. With this last go round with the H1N1 virus, it was found that regular handwashing with soap and water was the single most effective thing to do to prevent the spread of germs. If hot water and soap will clean your hands, hot water and detergent will do for your laundry!
Heat kills germs. Hot water,detergent and a dryer set on hot is all you need. Medical instruments are sterilized by HEAT. Don't need any thing fancy. Hope this helps.
I buy a 40 oz. bottle of Pine Glo from Dollar Tree to use as a disinfectant/cleaner. Just pour about 1/4 - 1/2 cup in with original wash cycle along with detergent. Cheap and effective. This stuff lasts a long time and very cheap. Hope this helps. Connie
I have tried using hydrogen peroxide as a non-chlorine bleach. But my whites were not as white as I thought they would be. What else can I try?
By Glenda from Arlington, TX
There are some answers in the archives below ;-) I will also add that other things I've learned since then by reading various ThriftyFun posts is drying whites on the line in the sunshine and using Oxiclean. Hope this helps :-)
My whites were getting very dingy I was using chlorine bleach and I used 20 Mule Team Borax 1/2 cup in a large load made a huge difference and it is $3.00 for a 4lb box.