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How to Get White Clothes White

If your whites aren't as bright as you'd like, follow these steps to get your clothes to look brand spankin' new.


  • Step 1: Use soap or detergent Wash your whites in hot water on a heavy-duty setting, using a soap or detergent.
  • Step 2: Add bleach Add bleach to the cycle before throwing in the clothes, but read the tags on the garments to make sure the bleach won't damage them.
  • TIP: Hard water can discolor white clothes; adding vinegar or a water softener to your rinse cycle will soften the water.
  • Step 3: Add baking soda Add baking soda if clothes still aren't as white as you'd like. Baking soda aids in water softening, making the clothing whiter.
  • Step 4: Add lemon juice Add lemon juice to a medium wash rinse cycle if the clothes still aren't white. Now wear that white T-shirt like you just bought it.
  • FACT: In 1913, the U.S. Navy became the first branch of the military to wear the T-shirt under their uniforms.

You Will Need

  • White clothes
  • Soap or detergent
  • 1 c. bleach
  • 1/2 c. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice
  • 1/2 c. vinegar (optional)
  • Water softener (optional)

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