Laundry - Making Whites Whiter

Whenever I do a load of whites I use Tide with bleach alternative, Calgon water softener, vinegar and Borax. I begin to add HOT water to machine then pour in all ingredients approx 1/2 cup of liquids and about 1/4 cup of Calgon and Borax.


Allow all the ingredients to dissolve first before adding clothes! Nothing, (not even bleach) gets my clothes whiter than this method.

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August 18, 20060 found this helpful
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When I wash my restaurant towels, I use 1 cup bleach, 1 cup powdered dishwashing detergent and 1 cup Sam's Club laundry detergent to a full washer load of HOT water. It takes ANYTHING out - mustard, catsup, grease, chocolate, etc. If they are really bad, I rinse them first in warm water with a cup of Sams detergent. Works every time!

August 17, 20060 found this helpful

I get yellow armpit stains in my whites that I can't get out. Does this method work for that also? Thanks for the recipe; I'll try it on my next load of whites!

August 17, 20060 found this helpful

I have used all these methods, but not in this combination and THANK YOU for the ideas. Just getting ready to do a couple of loads of white that have been waiting too long, and I know I will be happier than the usual laundry days!


For stains that don't come out and can't be laundered so thoroughly, I still use lemon juice and sunshine as in the old days. Sometimes requires several tries, so only use on valued items, but did you ever wonder how people in the olden days managed to keep things white? Lemon juice and baking soda and sunshine were my great grandmother's tools for her valued lace table cloths and antimacassars. I started using the same on white shirt collars and coffee stains on front of white blouses and it still works.

By Sunni (Guest Post)
August 17, 20060 found this helpful

Sounds like a great idea....but is that 1/2 cup liquids for each or 1/2 cup combined. Also 1/4 cup Calgon and Borax for each or 1/4 cup combined?

Thanks for your help.

By kristy (Guest Post)
February 26, 20070 found this helpful

maybe a random question.. but what is calgon & borax? where can i find them? bc i'm obsessed with WHITE whites, and end up throwing old dingy whites out! i need to stop the!


Editor's note: Calgon is a water softener and borax is a laundry booster additive. They can both be found in the laundry section of the grocery store, usually near to top with the non chlorine bleach. Borax is sold as 20 Mule Team Borax

By jo dunkle (Guest Post)
October 21, 20080 found this helpful

What about front loaders?

July 10, 20170 found this helpful

Unfortunately Tide is made by Proctor & Gamble who tortures animals, for those of us who TRY to use cruelty free products.


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