Whites are the hardest color to keep looking bright and new after just a few months’ time. Your sweat and oils quickly become stains, and colors from other clothes will eventually bleed into the fabric, discoloring your bright whites into something merely whitish. But before you reach for the bleach, the ultimate chemical cleaner, try some a few of these safer, less-toxic DIY solutions out instead.
Baking soda is a cheap and powerful remedy that can eliminate stains from your clothes and make them pearly white. Add ½ a cup of it to your favorite detergent and wash your clothes as usual. For stronger stains, apply baking soda directly on the stain with a bit of lemon juice.
Lemon juice is a powerful astringent that cleans deeply and removes all types of dirt from your clothes while whitening them as well. Before using it, you must prepare it first. Fill a saucepan with water and add a few lemon slices in, then boil the mixture and soak the clothes in it afterwards for an hour before washing them in the machine. Another good option is to prepare a mixture of liquid soap, tablespoon of salt and lemon juice from 2 lemons, then soak the stained part of the clothes in the mixture and leave them to dry in the sun.
White vinegar can remove dirt and stains from your clothes and is not aggressive to fabrics. Add ½ – 1 cup of white vinegar to your favorite detergent powder, then wash your stained clothes and they will come out whiter than before. For neck or armpit stains, apply white vinegar directly to the area and leave it to work for about an hour before rinsing with water.
Milk can whiten your cotton and delicate garments easily. Just soak the stained piece of clothing in a bowl of milk for a few hours, then rinse with water in the end.
White items require a lot of care to stay white and shiny. To avoid those disgusting yellow stains on your white garments, avoid using perfumes, deodorants and other chemicals that stain the clothes. By drying your clothes out in the sun, the UV rays will maintain their white color.