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How to Use Natural Ingredients in Laundering


Stock your laundry room with a few simple, natural ingredients and you can solve almost any laundering problem.  Skip the harsh chemicals and expensive cleaners and keep your natural allies in your laundry room!

We've been using these amazing natural cleaners for years and know they work.  Here are some of our favorites!

White Vinegar
Add a cup of white vinegar to the wash water every time you wash.  It helps in a number of ways, and is suitable for top and front load washers.  

  • Use it to help soften the water (especially in areas with hard water).
  • Use it to strip residues from detergents.
  • Use it to white and lighten white items.
  • Use it to remove bad smells from laundry and the washing machine.

Baking Soda
Add a half cup of baking soda to the water when you wash.  It helps keep whites whiter and colors brighter.

  • Use it to remove bad smells from laundry.
  • Add it with regular laundry detergent to help boost it's cleaning power.
  • Use it to soften clothes naturally.

Lemon Juice
Once in a while, or as needed for stains, for particularly dingy whites, lemon juice is a great whitener, and stain remover.  The natural citric acid in lemons helps break down stains, but be careful - don't use it on colored items!

  • Use it directly on rust spots on white clothes.  Soak the rusty spot in lemon juice and leave it overnight.  Then wash as usual.  
  • Use it to remove other stains in white clothes.
  • Use a paste of lemon juice and salt to remove mildew stains.
  • For really tough stains, apply lemon juice and let the item dry in the sun for a few hours.  Lemon juice and bleach together are powerful whiteners.  

How to Naturally Whiten Your White Towels

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 out of using them.  So here is a natural way to lighten the whites and brighten them up again:

1 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup salt
1/2 gallon of water

In a bucket combine all ingredients. Mix them together well and soak the towels in the bucket. Then without rinsing the towels (you can ring them out), lay or hang the towels in the sun for a few hours. Run them through the washer and dryer like normal and they should lighten considerably.

Another "recipe" for whitening from my friend Nancy:

1/2 cup dish washing powder
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!  For added power,  we recommend laying the towels out in the sun to dry. The sun can help brighten the towels and it also sanitizes, so it can help with odd smells too.