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Top tips to brighten your whites!

Fed up of grey bed linens, underwear and your white shirts looking drab and lacklustre? Then, why not try some of the below top tips, which also happen to be cheap and eco-friendly, to brighten your whites? They work brilliantly in restoring sparkle say the professional domestic cleaners, MOLLY MAID.

Bed Linens

  • When laundering your bed linens, add half a cup of bicarbonate of soda with your detergent at the beginning of the wash cycle. Then, at the start of the rinse cycle, pour in half a cup of white vinegar. These two natural whiteners also have a softening effect, so you can skip the fabric softener.

Underwear & clothing

Bras lose their bright white colour quickly as body oils, lotions and perspiration are in contact with the fabric and sometimes, the clothing worn on top can rub colour onto the white bra. Although bleach is one way to whiten bras, bleach is a harsh chemical and we know that there are natural whitening agents that will work just as well.

  • Turn your washing machine onto a delicate wash cycle using warm water. Add your normal laundry detergent. Warm water will assist in removing any loose residue that is causing the dull color.
  • Pour either 1 cup of lemon juice into the washing machine or 1 cup of white vinegar. Both will work equally to whiten the bras. If you prefer, mix the ingredients by adding 1/2 cup of each. The lemon juice will naturally whiten plus add a lemon-fresh scent to the laundry cycle. The vinegar works well for a dulled bra that may be a little whiffy, as the vinegar is a natural deodorizer and disinfectant that will remove smells and bacteria.

Don’t forget the power of sunlight!

  • For an additional way of brightening your whites, hang your linens and laundry to dry in the sun. Sunlight has bleaching capabilities, but if laundry is left out after it dries, the sun can rot fibres.

So in summary, remember to go out and stock up on bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar and lemons to brighten your whites and use sunlight when possible!