WHEN your laundry whites start to take on a slightly grey tinge, the following easy DIY recipe will get them back to a beautiful white again.
Schools that deem white socks and shirts to be sensible wear for children used to drive me nuts as getting these items white was always expensive and time consuming until I experimented and started using this simple frugal recipe.
Consumerism just loves the laundry whitening regime and sells so many products especially pitched at promising to turn your whites into a blinding Disney version of white linen complete with that self-emitting blinding spray of ice-blue sparkles as it moves in the ever-present romantic breeze – whatever!
The following recipe is simple, cheap and super effective.
DIY Laundry Whitening Recipe
This should only be used on garments and items that are whites only – any coloured piping or motifs will not always do so well over time, so ensure your laundry load is just whites only.
1/3 cup of cheap dish-washing liquid
1/3 cup Borax
1/3 cup of bleach (liquid or powder … the cheap stuff is perfectly fine)
Normal amount of your normal laundry detergent
Set your washer to the longest and hottest setting it can do and add all the ingredients in with the clothes. I just use a big plastic cup and pop all the ingredients in together (it’s safe to do so), then straight in with the clothes (cup and all). Set your machine, press start, go have a cuppa, hang it on the line when done and be impressed.
Hang your whites on the line to dry in the sun. The sun has its own natural sanitising and bleaching properties too … and there is nothing quite like the smell of sun-dried laundry.
Frugal, thrifty and utterly effective.
I would only use this recipe once a month (or less frequently) on your whites. The rest of the time I simply use our home made laundry liquid.
Take care folks – stay nice