Keeping laundry white can be a challenge without the use of bleach. This guide contains chlorine bleach alternatives for laundry.
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
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
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 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