Keeping laundry white can be a challenge without the use of bleach. This guide contains chlorine bleach alternatives for laundry.
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.
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?
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
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 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.
For years people have used Mrs. Stewart's bluing to make whites look whiter. I have just recently started using it & it does seem to help. BJ