Wednesday, November 16, 2011

natural whitener for your laundry

I must admit, our whites don't remain very white for long when they're in the hands of two grubby explorers who prefer hands to utensils.

Exhibit A: The status of a white dress at 9:22am.
I'm not too precious about everyday clothing, but if there's something that needs a bit more help returning to it's original colour, you'd be surprised how effective lemon juice, salt and sun can be at removing even the most stubborn of stains on white.

Exhibit B: Nappies inserts after a lemon juice soak, wash and dry.
Directions
For spot removal around necklines, underarms and other places: pour lemon juice (fresh or store bought- whatever you have on hand) over the stains, rub table salt into them and leave to dry in full sun for up to 7 hours. Then wash as normal.
Of course nothing is as powerful as bleach. But that's what makes it so disgustingly toxic, for us and the planet. Do yourself a favour and try this natural approach to stain removal before you buy your next bottle of poison.

9 comments:

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

Great tip - I hadn't heard about the salt addition, will give it a try on my greys.

georgi said...

i am required to use bleach on an almost-daily basis - as part of containment requirements in a laboratory. It's something I struggle with. We use it to kill bacteria which are genetically modified (but completely non pathogenic) before washing it down the drain with lots of water. It is a really, really hard thing for me to do; and yet we are legally required to do it.

Catherine said...

I love this natural idea thank you for the tip. I have one little girl in this house that still enjoys being tactile when it comes to eating food so gets rather messy;) xo

Mama Gone Green said...

Thanks.... now if only I could find some sun where I live! ;)

Rhiannon said...

Thanks meagan, will give this a try, would like to find an alternative to napisan...

Selina said...

I've used this method many times, especially with my vintage fabrics, and it works a treat!

radishandruth said...

lovely tip. I haven't popped by for a while. It's nice to come back and see you still offering lovely green wisdom to readers out here!
xx
thanks
Bec

tea with lucy said...

Thanks for this. I have many worthy pieces I can test it out on tomorrow. xox

Tania said...

Great idea. Will be trying this! It's probably due time that that I "whiten" (naturally of course) my nappy stack.

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