I’m one of those strange people who likes laundry. And one of the things I like MOST about it…is the sense of accomplishment when something dirty comes out CLEAN. I guess I also like the “challenge” aspect of it as well. Turning dirty, dingy, grimy and stained into white, bright, fresh and clean. Yep, I find that very appealing. :-)
So when I came across this “recipe” for whitening whites in the comments section, I knew I had to try it. And I had the PERFECT test subject! A dingy, yellowed pillow case that I have washed time and time again…but never comes out WHITE anymore. For some reason I just KNEW there was a whiteness still lurking under the dinginess…I just needed the right formula to apply to it. This one seemed very promising.
Miracle Whitening Solution
Katie JoMar commented:
- HOT HOT HOT water
- 1 cup of laundry detergent
- 1 cup powdered dish washer detergent
- 1 cup bleach
- 1/2 cup borax
After filling the washing machine with HOT water….I also dumped in a large-sized pot of water I had brought to a boil on the stove. I was looking for HOT HOT HOT water, just like Katie said.
Another thing to remember is to add the above ingredients to as small a load size as possible. You are looking for CONCENTRATED cleaning power, and the more water you have in the tub, the less concentrated it will be. Shoot for BARELY enough water to cover the article.
Let soak for as long as you can stand it! :-) I managed to stay away from it for a couple of hours. Overnight would work too.
Note: If you have an HE (high efficiency) washing machine that doesn’t allow you to soak for an extended period of time, you can also put your item in a large pan of hot water on the stove to soak (if the item is small enough) or use a 5-gallon bucket and fill it with boiling hot water.
This is what the pillow case looked like before “treatment.”
And here is the same pillow case after soaking in the whitening solution and EXTRA hot water for a couple of hours. BIG DIFFERENCE! The whitening solution actually managed to release the WHITE that was lurking within! And I call that a “miracle!” :-)