In order to prevent household accidents caused by using bleach, in today’s article you’ll find how to wash and whiten laundry using 5 eco-friendly methods. You need natural products (that you usually have in the house) in order to remove stains on fabric and to regain the original white.

🟢 White vinegar

In addition to being a useful product in removing stains and dirt, white vinegar is being gentle with soft fabrics. You don’t need fabric softener full of chemicals.

How to use

◾ Add ½ cup of distilled white vinegar over the laundry detergent (in the washer’s detergent drawer) and start a normal washing cycle.
◾ If clothes were stained on the collar, on the underarm area or elsewhere, rub these areas with white vinegar and wash them again after 1 hour.

⚪ Baking soda

This product, in addition to being inexpensive, can penetrate deep into the fabric, removing stains and making them softer.

How to use

◾ Add ½ cup of baking soda over the laundry detergent and wash as usual. Remember to always separate whites from coloreds.
◾ For stubborn stains, apply baking soda mixed with a little lemon juice directly on those areas.

🟠 Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent product if you want to whiten clothes because it doesn’t contain bleach.

How to use

◾ Add ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide over the usual laundry detergent. You can apply it directly on the stains.

🟡 Lemon juice

Lemon juice is an astringent that cleans the fabrics, removing dirt and leaving your clothes white and clean.

How to use

◾ Fill a pot with water, add a few lemon slices and boil them. Put the laundry in the lemon water and leave them 1 hour before washing.
◾ Prepare a solution made of soap, 1 tablespoon of salt and the juice squeezed from 2 lemons. Soak the clothes in this mixture, then rinse and dry them.

⚪ Milk

This surprising ingredient can be used for laundry maintenance because it whitens the fabric. It’s especially recommended for delicate fabrics and cotton.

How to use

◾ Place the fabric in a bowl with milk and leave it for several hours before washing it as usual.