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.
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.
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.
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