5 Natural Ways to Whiten Clothing without Bleach

· January 29, 2016
Aside from eliminating odors, baking soda can help remove stains while adding softness to your laundry. Just be sure to rinse with your usual laundry detergent and eliminate the bleach from your routine.

White clothing tends to stain very easily whenever it comes into contact with anything, or after wearing it often it eventually starts to take on a yellowish hue.

Keeping the whites white usually involves the use of chemical products sold in stores today, particularly those that contain bleach and claim to be the best solution for recovering that initial bright white shade of your clothing.

The truth is that these products do work well, and they may be the easiest way to whiten clothing. But the chemicals that they contain aren’t healthy at all, and may also damage the environment.

To prevent any household accidents from the use of bleach and products that contain it, in today’s article we want to share some tricks to clean your laundry and whiten clothes in a more environmentally-friendly way, by using natural products that you can keep around the house to get rid of fabric stains and regain that original white hue.

White vinegar

Aside from being a useful product for removing stains and dirt, white vinegar is very easy on fabrics and helps soften them naturally to keep you from having to resort to chemical-based fabric softeners.

How should you use it?

  • Add ½ to 1 cup of distilled white vinegar to your regular detergent for your washing machine, and run the wash cycle as you normally would.
  • If your clothing has stains around the neck, underarms, or other areas, rub a little white vinegar into the affected areas and let it sit for an hour before washing.

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Baking soda

Baking soda
This is a product that in addition to being very affordable, it penetrates deep into the fabric of your clothing, removing stains and making them soft.

How should you use it?

  • Add ½ cup of baking soda to your usual laundry detergent and wash as normal. Remember to always separate your white clothing from colors.
  • For tough stains, apply baking soda mixed with a little lemon juice directly on the affected areas.

Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent product for caring for white garments because it doesn’t contain bleach.

How should you use it?

  • Add ½ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your normal laundry detergent. You can also apply this liquid directly to the stain.

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Lemon juice

Lemon juice
Lemon juice is a natural astringent that cleans deep within the fibers of your fabric, removing dirt and leaving your clothing crisp and white.

How should you use it?

  • Fill a pot with water and some slices of lemon, bring it to a boil, and then soak your clothing in the lemon water for an hour before washing as usual.
  • Another good options is to prepare a solution of soap, a tablespoon of salt, and the juice of two lemons. Soak your clothing in this mixture, then rinse and dry in the sun.


This surprising ingredient can be used in the care of your clothing, and helps keep them white. Its use is especially recommended for delicate or cotton fabrics.

How should you use it?

  • Place the garment in a bowl of milk and let it soak for a few hours, before rinsing as usual.

Tips to keep your clothes white

White clothing requires some special care to keep it in good condition with a bright color.

If white is your favorite color when it comes to fabric, pay close attention to the following tips:

  • Avoid using chemical bleaches with garments made of polyester or cotton-polyester blends, because they can cause a reaction between the bleach and the polyester that will cause the fabric to turn yellow.
  • Pay close attention to the water you wash your clothing in, because if it becomes cloudy it can contribute to a yellowish color in your fabrics.
  • When washing white clothing you can add a little borax dissolved in water to soften the fabric. Borax won’t stain your clothes.
  • To avoid staining white clothes, be sure not to apply perfumes, deodorants, or other products that come into contact with the fabric. Usually these end up causing yellowish stains on clothing.
  • Try to dry white clothing in the sun, because UV rays help contribute to keeping them white and bright.