Whites are the hardest colour to keep looking bright and new after just a few months’ time. Many of us have banished chlorine bleach from our homes, as it can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs, poison fish and insects, and release carcinogenic dioxins during production. Here I have compiled a few remedies or ways to whiten clothes without using bleach:

WHITEN CLOTHES WITHOUT USING BLEACHBaking soda whitens, freshens, and softens fabrics. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda along with your regular laundry detergent. For spot stains, make a paste of baking soda and water and apply directly to the fabric.

Fill a pot with water and add several lemon slices. Bring the water to a boil. Soak the white linens, socks and non-delicate items in the water until the water cools down. Then wash clothes as usual.

Lemon juice is a natural laundry whitener and freshener. Add 1 cup to your washing machine water along with your detergent. Add your laundry and wash as usual. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap the stains and leave the clothes smelling fresh.

Once your whites are freshly washed and wet, skip the dryer cycle. Instead of making them suffer through a super high heat, lay them out in the sun to naturally whiten them.

Get your whites white once again by adding a dose of white vinegar during the wash cycle. White vinegar even softens fabric, bringing brightness and comfort back to your clothes.

You may also use a dishwasher detergent to whiten your clothes. Add 1/4 cup of dishwasher detergent along with your regular laundry detergent. To be eco-friendly, be sure to choose chlorine- and phosphate-free detergent.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways keep white linens, socks, and other fabrics sparkling, and you probably already have the necessary ingredients around the house!