How Can I Whiten Sheets?

You can preserve your white sheets without using bleach.
You can preserve your white sheets without using bleach. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Crisp, white sheets can make any bed look clean and inviting. While you may have loved your white sheets for just this reason when they were new, you may quickly realize the downside. Perspiration, dirt and laundering with colored items can slowly cause your white sheets to look dingy. Your first reaction may be to use bleach, but this can actually cause your sheets to take on a yellow appearance. Additionally, bleach can weaken the fibers of the fabric and cause them to become threadbare or holey. Instead of resorting to bleach, try an alternative solution to whitening your sheets.

Things You'll Need

  • Option One
  • ½ cup dish detergent
  • ¼ cup borax
  • ¼ cup Calgon Water Softener
  • Option Two
  • ½ cup lemon juice per gallon of water
  • Laundry detergent

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Option One

Place your washing machine on its hottest setting and allow it start filling with water.

Add 1/2 cup dish detergent, 1/4 cup borax and 1/4 cup Calgon Water Softener to the hot water. Allow the mixture to dissolve in the water.

Add your sheets to the wash. Wash and dry as usual.

Option Two

Fill the tub with hot water.

Add 1/2 cup lemon juice for each gallon of hot water in the tub.

Submerge the sheets in the tub. Allow them to soak from 30 minutes to overnight.

Remove the sheets and launder as usual.

Tips & Warnings

  • Allow your sheets to line dry in direct sunlight for additional whitening.


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