"What do you mean by other colors when I have these amusing white shirts and dresses?"
Do you have a family member who just loves white this much? Then you might have most of the wardrobe filled with these flawless white apparel. However, maintaining these whites is not an easy job!
Whites are the hardest color to maintain the bright and new look after every wash. The sweat and oils of our bodies soon turn into stains and tarnish their glow. No matter how much effort we put in, they end up discoloring into something merely whitish. But before you consider bleach, check out these quick home remedies for your whites.
Here are five ways to whiten your clothes!
#1. Separate the whites and pre-soak them with citrus/lemon for an all-purpose clean
You can whiten your yellowed whites with a citrus soak for instant results. Add two sliced lemons to a bowl of boiled water and put your clothes into them. Allow them to soak for 40 minutes before rinsing.
However, be sure to check the fabric care instructions before soaking in hot water. For fabrics that require cold water, soak with cold water itself.
#2. Pre-treat the stain by rubbing it with baking soda and lemon before the actual wash to witness complete removal of the stain
Pre-treating the stains before the wash ensures the complete removal of stains from the clothes. Dab a spoon of baking soda on to the stain and use a slice of lemon to scrub off the stain. Leave it undisturbed for about 15 minutes before the wash.
This will be highly effective for the yellow underarm stains and tarnished color marks.
#3. Use the mixture of washing powder, lemon, salt and water to remove the stubborn stains off your white clothes
Add one tablespoon of salt, 2-3 spoons of washing powder, and three lemons juice to a bowl of warm water. Then soak the whites with stubborn stains in this solution for about 30 minutes before rinsing. Not just the stubborn stains but also the yellow stains formed near the collars and armpits are removed. Try it on!
#4. Soak the clothing for 40 minutes in the natural fabric-softener which is prepared by adding vinegar to water
Vinegar solution not only whitens your whites but also acts as a perfect fabric softener. This pure and natural fabric softener can be prepared by adding 1 cup of vinegar to a bucket of water. Let your clothing settle in the solution for 40 minutes to witness the magic of vinegar!
#5. Douse the white linen beddings for an hour in sour milk to whiten and make them last longer
White linen adds up the glory to your rooms and lightens up your mood. But, making them last longer is a tedious task. Dousing the linen in sour milk not only makes them durable but also gives them soft, supple, and pleasant texture. Your kids will love to snuggle these feathery sheets!
Anything in white is heavenly bliss. From shirts to sheets, dresses to beddings, they are pure ecstasy. Now, do not worry about protecting this blissful feeling and follow the steps mentioned above for chemical-free and non-toxic cleaning. It's time to whiten your whites!