We Mama Birds love doing laundry! It’s the best most rewarding job in the world. Who doesn’t love doing laundry every single day? Oh, and those days you miss, you get to do double the amount the next day! The best part about getting to do laundry is it is never done. When all of your baskets are empty and the laundry is put away, you go into your laundry room and mysteriously there is more laundry to do! It’s amazing! OK, I’m totally lying. Laundry is one of those jobs I, Kendra, can’t stand. I mean, I wash it, I switch it, I fold it, but I sure wish it could do itself. It’s never done, and I swear my kids put their clean clothes in the laundry because they don’t want to fold them, but thankfully my husband helps a lot! My two oldest kids now do their own laundry once a week, it’s been wonderful. All my kids rotate weeks as to who is helping me with the laundry as their weekly job. I do have a great system going on so that I don’t go crazy with laundry every day! I teach my kids to sort, start and switch laundry at a young age, about 6. They know not to add whites to darks, or reds to anything! They know how to start the washer and dryer, sort the clothes into piles and how to fold their own clothes (if I’m not being picky!). They all put their own clothes away and when all is going right this system works great! I’m pretty picky about keeping my whites and darks separate. In college I used to not care and I would throw them all in together. I hardly had any whites, now I have a lot and we for sure keep them separate. For some reason though, it is always so hard to keep those whites bright and clean. I have had no success using bleach and dyes, and my whites after a while always look dingy. A few months ago on Facebook my friends shared a post that someone had shared, that someone else had shared, from a lady who shared a recipe for the best garment whitener ever! I was intrigued, but didn’t have any of the ingredients, so I copied the recipe and saved it for later. I tried it a few weeks later and was very impressed! So today I am sharing with you the best way to whiten clothes without using plain bleach or dyes!
I’m excited to share this “recipe” with you. I can not take credit for this way to whiten your clothes at all. Like I mentioned some lady shared it on Facebook. I have to share it with our readers, and I’m sure she got the recipe for this from someone so I’m not going to feel too bad! It’s amazing and works great. I will say it doesn’t do great with spandex fabric whites, but for the most part it works amazingly well on everything else!
The Best Way to Whiten Clothes Without Using Bleach or Dyes
All of the things you need are a bit pricey but can last a long time. I bought all of the stuff at Walmart, but I linked to them on Amazon (affiliate) so that you can see what they look like.
Here is all you need….
- 45 oz of Powder Cascade
- 3 lb box of Oxi Clean White Revive
- Persil Pro-White Technology Power Pearls
- White Vinegar
Combine the Cascade and Oxi Clean White Revive. Mix well and store in a container. A #10 can with a lid to store it in is perfect. Fill kitchen sink or plastic storage container with super hot water. (If it doesn’t come out of the tap, boil a huge pot of it) add 1 cup of your Cascade/Oxi mix, 1 capful of Persil Pro-White Technology Power Pearls, and 1 cup of White Vinegar. Stir well and make sure everything is dissolved in the water. Place clothes in the container or sink and mix them around to get them all wet. Stir it a few times. Let them sit overnight, or several hours during the day! (They might not look super white yet, but wait until you wash them!) Drain and rinse and finish them with a prince cycle in your washer and then dry!
I love to do this in my sink because it makes my sink really really bright and shiny also! Now one side of my sink doesn’t look as clean, so I guess I will have to do more today on the other side!
In this load I did a towel that is 4 years old from my daughters baptism that isn’t very white anymore because she uses it a lot, I did my sons socks that had a lot of dirt on them, but the stain was pretty set in, and some garments. It didn’t do very well for my husbands socks that were already really dark due to working with asphalt, but it did really well on my daughters dingy towel and my sons socks. In this picture I’m not sure if I have the same pair of socks or not. Some of his socks that came out still have a little dirt stain, but for the most part they look a lot nicer! The towel, though not as white as when she got it, look SO much better!! You can acutely tell it’s white! If your whites have been washed a lot and, like the socks, the stain has set, then it’s not really going to take out the stain, but it will brighten the white. I’m going to start, when I notice a stain, to keep a pile in my laundry room and brighten and whiten clothes once a month, then my whites will for sure stay brighter!
I hope this way to whiten clothes works for your! I know I love it!