Try This Tip for Whiter Whites


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The vintage washboard my mother gave me started the conversation.

“Oh, this reminds me of my grandmother,” my friend exclaimed.  She continued reminiscing, “She used to scrub her laundry on one of these and it would get her clothes so clean.  Her whites were so white.”

Find Out How to Get your Whites White at Mrs. Hines' Class


So, I was super excited when I found a tip for whiter whites on Pinterest.

The instructions read:

1 cup of laundry detergent
1 cup powdered dish washer detergent
1 cup bleach
1/2 cup borax

The original source for this Pin recommended adding a pot of boiling water to the washing machine.  She also advised using as little water and as small a load as possible so that the ingredients can act as a concentrate.  The directions state to let the load soak in the concentrate for as long as possible, even overnight, before washing.

I couldn’t wait to put this pin to the test!  I followed the directions to a “t” and here are the results.

Find Out How to Get your Whites White at Mrs. Hines' Class

I am amazed!  These t-shirts were downright yellow, and now they are bright white again.  There is still a little “ring around the collar” on some of the shirts, but overall, I’ve “pin there, done that” and this tip gets an A.

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  1. Just jotted that tip/recipe down for making things whiter…wow…that is amazing….dishwasher detergent?…would have never thought to do that?…..Thanks Sharon!!

  2. Do you know how much I needed this right now!! Rick’s under shirts last maybe 4 months top before they turn this weird grey color. I have been just buying new ones. I need to get some Borax, I have the rest. Thanks for the tip Sharon!!

  3. So glad I could help! I was so surprised at the results. The trick is to let them sit overnight or for a long period of time before running the wash cycle.

  4. does this work for 100% or for polyester (like soccer uniforms) – I imagine the method would be different for different fabrics. Can anyone comment?

  5. I will post your question and try to find the answer for you.

  6. What if I don’t want to use the bleach and I use individual packets of dishwasher detergent not the square-boxed loose type. Would this work? Another question, I have one of the newer washing machines that DOES NOT have a soak cycle (like my older type did). This machine uses much less water and has the new “locking lid” thing where you can’t just start and stop it at random. So, I’m thinking maybe white vinegar in the bleach port of the washing machine along with quite a bit of borax sprinkled in the bottom of washer and using regular wash detergent. Any thoughts on this predicament?

  7. Yes, Tiffany, you can just use the dishwasher detergent. It works just as well. If you want to soak your clothes/whites, soak them in a sink or tub of hot water before adding them to the front loader.

    Many people do use the bleach dispenser for vinegar. The only concern that I’ve heard about using the bleach port for dispensing vinegar is that when vinegar and bleach mix it creates toxic fumes. So, if you don’t use bleach then you may not run that risk.

    Since vinegar is not harmful for your clothes, many people just add it straight into the water. ( I have done this with no problems.)

  8. I have several sets of old sheers that were my mom’s that have yellowed horribly over the years. Within minutes of being soaked in this without the bleach they were incredibly whiter! I can only imagine what they will be like by this evening!!

  9. Yea! I’m so glad it worked!!!

  10. I really need to do this! My whites have been looking like beige’s lately… thanks for reminding me and Pinned!!

  11. Very cool!! I will definitely have to try this!

  12. Pamela Myers says:

    I use this same recipe but I also add about a teaspoon of Dawn liquid dish detergent, especially if I am trying to whiten something that I do not want to use bleach on or the item can not be washed in very hot water. This is an absolute great way to whiten whites and also for any item that is especially dirty. If things are really bad I add 1/2 cup Arm & Hammer ‘washing’ powder (it is on the detergent aisle)

  13. great tips, Pamela!

  14. I’m going to have to try that one! The Hubsters undershirts are looking dingy.

  15. Let me know how it works for you!

  16. If I soak in a tub rather than the washing machine and then put the shirts in the machine, do I need to re add all the ingredients into the washer or are they already soaked into the shirts?

  17. Hi Jon. Thank you for your question. I have not tried it the way you are planning to do it, but I would not think that you would need to add the ingredients to the washer. I suggest trying it that way first to see how it works.

  18. Great tips, Sharon! I can’t wait to try it. Pinning!!!

  19. I use vinegar in my fabric softener dispenser. My family has very very sensitive skin and can’t use any fabric softener. It gets clothes baby soft and no icky smell!! I have a front loader so I am going to try the soaking first! Does anyone have the same problem with their front loader not keeping whites white?

  20. Carrie, I’ll ask around on Facebook about front loaders and whites. I’ll be sure to let you know what I find out!

  21. I haven’t noticed a problem and I’ve had my front loader for 8 years.

  22. I washed my wife’s white Lab coats with her blue scrubs, (I know, I know, never again). I read your tips and tried this:
    I used Boiling hot water (enough to cover everything in a 5 gallon bucket) 1/2 C Borax Detergent Booster, 1/2 C Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, 3 each Finish Powerball Dish Washing cubes, stir to dissolve. Then added the liquids: 1 C liquid laundry Detergent, 1 C Clorox Bleach. Soak for at least four to five hours.
    The water turns dark as it is separating the color and the coats are turning white again!!!
    Thanks for the help!!!!

  23. Oh, I am so glad to help!

  24. Can you use something other than bleach and still get the same results. I am not a bleach user.

  25. Yes, you can, Michele. Try soaking your clothes in hot water with dish washer powdered detergent. Then rinse them in the rinse cycle to rinse out the dish detergent. Then wash them as usual.

  26. I believe that many powdered dishwasher detergents use a dry form of bleach. My husband and I used to clean our outdoor fabric chair cushions each spring by using Cascade dissolved in hot, hot water and brushed onto the cushions. We let them sit out in the sun awhile and then rinsed clean with a pressure washer. Worked like magic!!!!! Just be careful with this mixture – if it does contain bleach, a really concentrated mix can “eat through” some cloth!

  27. Good to know! I was wondering why dish detergent would be included. I wonder if I could try what you did on your outdoor cushions on a vintage chaise lounge I have. It’s upholstered in vinyl which has yellowed over the years. I tried cleaning it with other things, but it is still dingy.

  28. I used powdered dish washing soap to clean an antique plastic shade and the next day it was white; forgot about this trick. Thank You So Much for all your great tips!!! I enjoy looking at your website always full of great ideas!!

  29. You just gave me an idea! I have a vintage chaise lounge that belonged to my grandmother. It’s upholstered in vinyl and is very dingy. I wonder if the powdered dish detergent would work on that.

    Thank you so much for following along and being a part of Mrs. Hines’ Class!

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