How to Make Your Own Fabric Whitener

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White fabrics can easily lose their brightness and become dark and dingy over time. While using bleach can brighten your whites, it can also cause the threads in clothing and linens to break down over time, and it can be extremely toxic. Bleach can also ruin colored clothing if residue is left behind in your wash. It's really easy to make your own fabric whitener using a few ingredients that you may already have in your pantry!

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 gallons of warm water

  • 1/2 cup of washing soda

  • 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide

Step 1

Add two gallons of warm water to a large tub.

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Step 2

Add 1/2 cup washing soda. You can purchase washing soda at most stores or make it yourself using baking soda. Washing soda is a very strong stain lifter.

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Step 3

Add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is an amazing whitener.

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Step 4

Mix the solution together and add whites. Allow them to soak for up to an hour.

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Step 5

After an hour, remove your whites and rinse well with water. Dry your whites according to the manufacturer's directions. Your whites should be brighter and whiter without being damaged!


Drying whites in the sun helps to keep them even more bright and white.

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