More and more people are concerned about the global chaos, expensive products and numerous health warnings. Possibly dangerous products that we use or consume daily are slowly replaced with natural substitutes. For some chemicals we use at home there are more natural solutions as for chlorine blanch and optical brighteners.
A lot of people use laundry detergents that contain optical brighteners. Their purpose is to make the clothes brighter or whiter than they are. They remain on the clean clothes as a covering of microscopic fluorescent particles. Optical brighteners are synthetic chemicals that make fabrics appear to glow in the presence of ultraviolet light and make us think that our clothes are very clean. A lot of optical brighteners are derived from benzene which is quite dangerous substance. Benzene do not break down in the environment and stays in the water where it poisons the fish and other aquatic life.
Optical brighteners can be linked with allergic reaction in individuals known as phototoxicity. Phototoxicity occurs when we wear clothes treated with optical brighteners. The chemicals enter into the skin and on the daylight they start to react and cause irritation and rash which can look like sunburn.
Chlorine blanch is proven to cause serious health conditions and unsuitable usage can result in formation of poisonous gases and dioxins. These can lead to respiratory complications, kidney damage and certain cancers.
If you decide to stop using optical brighteners and chlorine blanch, it doesn’t mean that you should give up perfectly white clothes. The first option is the lemon juice!
Read about 2 different methods for using lemon juice so you could whiten the clothes:
Method #1 instructions:
- Place the white clothes in a big basin.
- Fill the basin with hot water.
- After adding a large amount of lemon juice in the basin, put the white clothes and leave them to soak overnight.
- The next day, remove the clothes from the basin and put them in your washing machine with your SmartKlean Laundry Ball or some other detergent you use for washing the clothes.
- Use this method as many times as needed and your clothes will be whither than ever.
Tips and warnings:
- It is recommended to try this method one more time, if the first time does not bring positive results.
- Do not leave the clothes in the lemon juice for a long period of time
The easiest way is when you wash your clothes in the washing machine and in the middle of the rinse cycle add a cup of lemon juice. After washing ,hang the clothes out to dry in the sun.
Additional cleaning with lemon:
Lemon juice is also suitable to replace acid cleaners for example: dissolving wax buildup, cleaning wood, hard-water stains and tarnish. It can be also used for removing rust especially together with salt are quite successful in treating rust stains on clothes and other fabrics. The procedure is simple, just squeeze lemon juice on the stain and then sprinkle a greater amount of salt. Rub the cloth together until the stain disappears.
Then use water and soap to completely clean the stain. Repeat the procedure until the stain is completely gone.
Read about other methods that will help in whitening your clothes.
It can make your clothes fresh, white and soft. You just need to add ½ of baking soda in your regular laundry detergent. Prepare a paste of baking soda and water if you want to remove stains and apply it directly on the fabric.
Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
Hydrogen peroxide (3%) is non-chlorine bleach. If you decide to use it then add ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide in your regular laundry detergent.
If you have dishwasher detergent at home you can use it for whitening your clothes but only if it is eco-friendly, and be sure to choose chlorine- and phosphate-free detergent. So add ¼ cup of dishwasher detergent in your regular laundry detergent.
Distilled white vinegar
With your usual laundry detergent add ½ to 1 cup of distilled white vinegar. Don’t worry about the unpleasant vinegar odor because it will be gone after drying. You can use vinegar to spray it on spots, collar and armpit stains.