Getting White Clothes White Again


  • 1 gal. hot water
  • 1/2 cup automatic dish washing soap (powder)
  • 1/4 cup bleach


Pour the hot water into a plastic, enamel or stainless steel (not aluminum) container. Add the dish washing soap and bleach, and stir well. Put 100% cotton in this and let soak for 30 minutes. Then wash as usual. This works well, they come out snow white.


For rayon or polyester, do not put clothes in while water is hot.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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August 13, 20101 found this helpful
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I am so very sorry, Robin, but it simply isn't safe mixing chlorine bleach with "anything" other than water. The fumes that can be created from mixing with various chemicals, including vinegar, can create such mixtures as mustard gas, chloroform and can even be explosive. :-( Even chlorine bleach alone is highly toxic to lungs and the environment. I so wish we humans could give up the idea of needing whiter and brighter using such a volatile product when there are natural alternatives.

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

Using the bleach isn't necessary. Just the dishwasher detergent such as Cascade or any store brand is enough on it's own.

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August 15, 20100 found this helpful

I got this recipe from Heloise many years go and have used it often over he years. it really does work.

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August 17, 20100 found this helpful

Just adding baking soda to my wash gets my whites really white. I gave up using bleach years ago as it would yellow some whites.

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February 19, 20160 found this helpful

I am thrilled to find this magic recipe for my dingy white clothes. I had used this yrs ago & through the years I had misplaced it.


Thank you a million. This is the only thing that really works.

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