Naturally Whiten Your Clothes SANS BLEACH

I love white clothes and white plays a huge role in my closet color palette - however, I rarely do wear them in fear of spilling something. I typically never spill anything, but of course, put something white on and it's bound to coincidentally happen. I also don't like to wear white clothes because I don't want the white to turn into an off-white just from wear. Growing up, I was always told to just add a little  bleach to the whites load. Awesomely, I have found a perfect method for maintaining white clothes that does not involve bleach - the mother of all chemicals. A smarter and healthier way of whitening clothes with a few simple key ingredients that are probably already in your home. I have five listed ingredients below, but thankfully, you only have to choose one.

vinegar (White, Distilled)
3% Hydrogen Peroxide
Washing Soda (similar to baking soda)

All you have to do is add 1/2 cup of your choice ingredient to your load and wash your whites as you usually do. For clothes that haven't been their whitest in quite a long time, take one lemon and cut it into slices. Boil a large pot of water and add the lemon slices. Then transfer your hot lemon water (with the lemon) to a tub and allow your clothes to soak until the water cools down. Then wash normally. We have so many chemicals hidden in our homes in various places, and the first (and easiest) place to eliminate them can be your cabinet. Let your white clothes come clean and ditch the bleach! Another cool thing is that white, distilled vinegar is great to use in place for fabric softener. It removes the stiffness and manufacturing chemicals associated with new clothes. If you'd like to try this, add 1/2 cup of white, distilled vinegar to the last rinse cycle of the load. 

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