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My white towels seem a little dingy.  Can I get them nice and white again without using harsh chemicals?

Dinginess can be caused by lots of things.  Hard water deposits, being washed with a darker item, using too much chlorine bleach (it can cause yellowing), or by minerals in your water.

Whatever the cause, dingy white towels are a bummer and take the joy our of using them.  But there are some simple, natural ways to lighten the whites and brighten them up again.  

If your area has hard water, try adding a cup of white vinegar to every wash load.  Vinegar helps soften hard water, plus it removes the residue from detergents.  It also helps to remove bad smells from towels.  

You can also add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to each load to help your detergent be more effective.  (Baking soda binds with the minerals in the water.)

You can also use a powerful traditional whitener - the sun!  After washing, lay towels out in the sun to dry.  The sun also sanitizes, so it can help with odd smells, too.  

A popular "recipe" for whitening from my friend Nancy, she uses 1/2 cup dish washing powder plus 1/2 cup non-chlorine bleach power dissolved in warm water. Throw this mix in the washer and soak overnight, then wash on a regular cycle. She says it works like magic! 

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