5 Natural Tips to Whiten Your Clothes

· December 18, 2017
Some chemicals, although they bleach, can damage our clothes. However, there are some natural alternatives that can help to preserve or restore the original colour without damage

One of the main problems with white clothes is that, over time, they acquire a yellowish colour which makes them look old. 

While many people prefer them because they go well with many other colors and almost any style, it’s important to know how to whiten your clothes so that they can be kept in good condition.

And although we not realise it, sweat, dust, and detergents attack the fibres until they finally look damaged and worn.

Because of this, it’s good to know some homemade tricks with natural ingredients that help keep them white without the need for aggressive chemicals or anything environmentally unfriendly.

Discover them below!

1. Baking Soda

Whiten your clothes

Baking soda is a natural product that has been used as a cleaning agent for many years.

Its whitening, anti-bacterial and astringent properties make it easier to remove dirt and possible sweat or food stains.

Many consider it an excellent natural detergent since, as well as cleaning, it leaves yours clothes soft and free of grime.

How to use it?

  • Add a generous amount of baking soda to a bucket with water and then dip in your white garment.
  • Let it soak for 30 to 40 minutes and the rinse with your usual soap.
  • Put it out to dry in the sun and repeat the same process to prevent future stains.
  • In the case of sweat stains, moisten the affected areas, apply some baking soda and then scrub with a brush.

2. Lemon

Fresh lemon juice is a whitening agent which is often recommended for taking good care of white garments.

Its natural acids penetrate the fibres and help to remove leftover food, sweat, and other substances that can leave stains.

At the same time, its citrus-scent neutralizes unpleasant odours that are usually caused by bacteria and moisture.

How to use it?

  • Squeeze the juice of several fresh lemons and mix it with warm water in a bucket.
  • Then, add the item of clothing you wish to whiten and leave it to soak for 40 minutes.
  • Wash as normal and leave it to dry in direct sunlight.

3. Salt


The salt that you use in the kitchen can be a great tool for removing grime that dulls your whites. Its power to absorb allows it to remove sweat marks and other substances from the fabric.

How to use it?

  • Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of salt to a bucket of warm water and submerge your white clothing for 2 to 3 hours.
  • After this time, rinse them with detergent and leave them to dry in the sun.
  • For sweat stains on the armpit or neck areas, rub the salt directly onto the fabric and leave it for 30 minutes.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide, also known as oxygenated water, is a natural ingredient that can help improve the tone of white garments.

Its compounds remove grime and leave them a brighter white.

How to use it?

  • Add one part hydrogen peroxide for every three parts of water and submerge the clothes for two hours.
  • Then, rinse in the washing machine with your preferred detergent.
  • If the stains are very stubborn, wet the affected areas and apply hydrogen peroxide directly.

5. White Vinegar

White Vinegar

White vinegar is a must to have at home, since it’s one of the most ecological cleaning agents you can get.

Its acidic compounds clean the fibres of whites and help prevent yellow stains and grime. Incidentally, it also acts as a natural fabric softener, and leaves your fabrics feeling much nicer.

How to use it?

  • Mix white vinegar with your usual detergent and add it to the relevant compartment of your washer.
  • Wash your clothes as usual and dry them in the sun.
  • As an option, you can apply the vinegar over stained clothes and leave them for 30 minutes before rinsing.

Have you already tried these tricks? Now that you know how to take better care of your whites, try out these tips and see that you can keep them as good as new without using harsh chemicals.