How To: Get White Socks... Without Bleach

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What is it about socks? The little rascals can't seem to stay bright white for very long at all. And if you've outlawed the use of bleach in the house because of its harmful impact on our friend the environment, what can you do? Are you resigned to let the socks win and go on living life, your feet covered in defeated-looking grey cover-ups just in time for soccer and baseball seasons?

You don't have to. Read on to find out what you can do instead...Take a big pot, toss in your offending socks, cover them with water, and boil them with a slice or two of lemon. After ten minutes, carefully remove the socks and hang them to dry (in the sunshine is even better).

Then your socks will be a bright, gleaming white, and you won't have to worry about any bleach down the drain! Not to mention, you'll be rocking some bright socks underneath your kicks. No more embarrassment when it's time to kick off the shoes before walking on someone's carpet.

(Image: Flickr member Astique licensed under Creative Commons.)

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