Want to know how to remove stains and brighten whites without bleach? You’re in luck, I’ve got natural bleach alternatives for you! If you are anything like me, the chemical fumes from bleach are enough to give you a headache and nobody has time for that. However, giving up optical brighteners and chlorine bleach doesn’t mean you have to give up bright whites.
After reading this list you should know how to easily remove stains and brighten clothes. One rule of thumb for all stains, DO NOT DRY YOUR STAINED ARTICLE UNTIL THE STAIN IS GONE!
Now, let’s look at how to remove bleach from the laundry equation!
So you want to bleach a white shirt? Reach for a lemon. The citric acid in lemons acts as a natural stain remover, bleach and sanitizer without harming the environment. There are loads of benefits of using lemon as a bleach so dont limit yourself to white shirts only. Here’s how to do it:
- Place your white clothes in a large basin and fill with very hot water
- Add a generous amount of lemon juice, and allow your white clothes to soak overnight..
- The next day, remove your clothes from the basin and place in your washing machine Wash as usual, and your whites should be brighter than ever!
- Do not dry stained garmet – remove after washing to make sure stain is gone
If you have a specific stain like red wine or rust mix salt with the lemon juice and watch it fade away.
- White Vinegar
Put that bottle of vinegar in your pantry to good use! White vinegar is a highly effective bleach alternative that kills most household germs, bacteria, mold, and mildew without harmful fumes or residue. White vinegar is also a healthy alternative to cleaning with ammonia. When mixed with equal parts water, vinegar is the perfect solution for salute stains goodbye. Here’s how:
- Fill tub or large basin with equal parts water and vinegar
- Submerge stained clothing in mixture
- Let clothes sit for a few minutes (you may need to rub the area with your fingers to help remove the stain)
- Repeat as needed
Don’t worry, What vinegar can not clean, baking soda usually can.
- Baking Soda
No time to devote to scrubbing? No problem. Grab your baking soda. Here’s how:
- Throw clothes in the wash
- Add 1/2 cup of baking soda in with your detergent
- Turn on the machine as usual
Your clothes will come out cleaner. But don’t stop there. Baking soda wins the prize for the most versatile cleaning product. There are so many ways to make use of it in your house, my last count was 27! Bathrooms, clogged drains, carpets, dogs, clothes, lawn furniture and more.
- Laundry Detergent
This seems obvious but pre treating clothes before you wash is easy and the most effective for general stains. Don’t wait for that stain to dry, the sooner you pre treat the better. Here’s how:
- Put a small amount of liquid detergent directly onto the stain – make sure to saturate the entire area
- Gently massage the detergent in with your finger
- For really tough stains, get out an old toothbrush and gently scrub the detergent into the spot.
- Wash article of clothing as usual, but don’t dry stained article
No, I am not planning a cleaning party here! Vodka (best to use cheap vodka) is useful for stain removal of clothes and upholstery. It is tough on stains like lipstick and grass but will also make light work or any mildew in your bath tub.
- Dish Soap/ Mild Detergent.
For tough food stains, give liquid dish soap a try. Here’s how:
- Squirt a bit on the spot you wish to treat
- Soak the entire garment in cool soapy water for a few hours
- Rinse out the soap and wash
With all of the cleaning products on the market, it’s easy to overlook the simplest choice–water.
- Rinse under cool water
- Gently massage stain until gone
- If this doesn’t work, grab a bit of dish soap
- Bleach Alternative
All of the upside with none of the downside. Bleach Alternative is exactly what it sounds like. A safer more natural alternative to bleach. It’s safe for colors and can be used as a laundry booster in the wash and when used as a pretreater. Bleach Alternative is also excellent to brighten whites, remove stains and neutralize odors This hypoallergenic product from Grab Green is naturally-derived and gentle on the planet.