8 Whitening Tricks for Your White Clothes

The best of the natural solutions for whitening clothes are the ones that aren't too aggressive as well as ones that we can use as many times as we want to whiten clothes to their original tone.
8 Whitening Tricks for Your White Clothes

Written by Lorena González

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Regardless of the quality of the clothes that you have, they can loose their original whiteness for a variety of reasons.

This may be because of how we treat them as well as another series of factors whose final consequence is loosing that original tone of white clothes.

Take note of these tricks that will help you get your white clothes back to their original tone and wear them like new for longer.

These are some recommendations that will prevent that yellow or grayish color that appears after several washes, That way, you won’t have to throw away your favorite items of clothing.

With these tricks, you’ll see that you can keep on buying white clothes and that maintaining them isn’t as difficult it can seem sometimes.


1. Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

White clothes


  • 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide (250 ml)
  • ½ cup of baking soda (100 g)

What should you do?

  • Mix both ingredients until a paste forms and apply it with a brush to the areas that you want to whiten. After, wash the item as you normally would.
  • In the event that you need to whiten the entire item of clothing, you’ll have to add this solution to 2 liters of water and leave it to sit for a period of two hours. To finish, wash it as you normally would in the washing machine.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide and Ammonium

Ammonium is a potent cleaner that’s capable of helping you remove even the toughest stains.

When using this product, make sure to wear rubber gloves in a well-ventilated area.


  • 4 drops of ammonium
  • 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide (10 ml)
  • 2 liters of water (8 cups)

What should you do?

  • If you want to whiten the entire item of clothing, you will have to mix all of the ingredients in a bucket and let it sit in the mixture for a couple of hours.
  • After, wash with your normal detergent.

3. Gas for Oil Stains

Oil stains, as well as blood stains, are one of the most difficult stains to remove. To eliminate them, you have to turn to the gas that you’ll find in lighters.

What should you do?

  • To get rid of even the most difficult stains, you have to turn let gas flow over the stain and wait until it evaporates. Repeat the process until the stain disappears completely.
  • To finish, wash the item as you normally would.

4. Aspirin

Use aspirins to keep your clothes white

If you want don’t want your clothes to turn yellow, add three or four tablets of aspirin into the drum of your washing machine.

It’s also great solution for eliminating sweat stains.

What should you do?

  • For sweat stains, the best way is to mix the aspirin  with a little water and apply the mixture to the stain for several hours. l
  • Later, proceed to wash the clothing article as you normally would.

5. A Loaf of Bread for Makeup Stains

If there are tedious stains ruining a spotless white, they’re makeup stains. There’s a solution that we all usually have handy: use a loaf of bread to remove these kinds of stains.

What should you do?

  • You have to take a slice of bread and form it into a ball.
  • Press on the stains, without spreading them more on the clothing, and wash as you normally would.

6. Glass Cleaner against Ink Stains

If you have to remove ink, pen or highlighter stains, use glass cleaner.

What should you do?

  • Put a napkin under the stain so that the other side of the item won’t get wet.
  • After, you will need to spray the glass cleaner on the stain and leave to set for 5 minutes.
  • Then, wash the item as you normally would.

We recommend that you read: Make Your Own Stain Remover

7. Lemon


Lemon can be another great solution for whitening your clothing.


  • 1 cup of water (200 ml)
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide (5 ml)

What should you do?

  • Before putting the white clothes into the washing machine, leave it to soak for approximately one hour in a bucket of a mixture of water, lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide.
  • Once the indicated time has passed, washed as you usually would. You’ll see the changes in no time.

8. Boric Acid for Sweat Stains

Boric acid can be a great ally to fight stains that appear on clothing from sweat.


  • 1 teaspoon of boric acid (10 g)
  • Water (as necessary)

What should you do?

  • To fight sweat stains, you’ll need to mix one tablespoon of boric acid with water until a paste forms.
  • Apply it to the item, leave it to work for 15 or 20 minutes, and after, wash as you always do.
  • Another option is to mix one tablespoon of boric acid with power detergent and add it to the washing machine in order to recover the former white of your clothes.
  • Be careful, however: don’t use boric acid too frequently. Use it a maximum of one in every three washes.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.