5 Ways to Naturally Clean Whites

5 Ways to Naturally Clean Whites

Sarah Coffey
May 21, 2008

Going green means we're trying to avoid harmful chemicals in our everyday cleaning supplies. That pretty much nixes bleach altogether, but we've found a few natural ways to whiten laundry without the use of bleach...

• If you spill something dark, pour salt on it to absorb moisture from the spill.
• Apply white vinegar or lemon juice directly to stains.
• Soak whites in a solution of water and lemon juice.
• Wash whites with washing soda, similar to baking soda but with a lower pH.
• After washing, hang whites to dry in the sun. Sunlight naturally bleaches without setting stains the way a dryer does.

Give us your tips for ways to naturally clean whites in the comments below.

Photo: Blanca Bed Linens from Crate and Barrel

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