Over time, our whites begin to lose their edge and become dingy or yellow. It doesn’t matter what it is either. From your favorite white t-shirt to your teeth to your porcelain, white needs a little extra TLC on occasion. And we all know vinegar is a great way to brighten up but are there other things we could be using as well?
Of course there is!
8 Tips for Whitening Your Whites (And Not Just Laundry):
1. Bar Keepers Friend
The name says it all. It really is your friend when it comes to cleaning your white dinnerware. It works especially well on white mugs that get stained with your morning coffee.
2. Pumice Stone
These are perfect for scrubbing away tough rust stains inside your toilet bowl. Soak it in water prior to use so you don’t scratch the porcelain surface.
3. Bluing Agent
This is going old school! You may have seen this around your grandmother‘s house. This awesome product adds a trace of blue to dingy whites giving them the appearance of a whiter white. Word of advice: Follow the directions. You can’t just dump it in and hope it works out.
Bleach can be damaging to some fabrics. Use it only on cotton otherwise it could cast a gray hue on your poly-blends.
5. Dishwasher Detergent
Yep. You read it right. It actually has brighteners that make it perfect for your kiddos socks and underwear. Just add a couple of tablespoons and wash!
6. Hydrogen Peroxide
Because it is 100% natural, peroxide is the best spot remover around. Mix one part Dawn Original and two parts peroxide for tough stains. You can also swish it around your mouth daily to brighten your teeth.
Speaking of teeth, activated charcoal is an excellent way to whiten those pearlie whites back up. Sprinkle it on your toothbrush and scrub away! Just make sure you get ACTIVATED charcoal from the health food store, not the briquettes for grilling!
8. Baking Soda and Baking Soda
If your nails become yellow from wearing polish all the time or even just from normal wear and tear, a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice will do the trick! The juice of half a lemon made into a paste with baking soda can be placed on a toothbrush to scrub your nails. Simply rinse off and they should perfect! If not, repeat.
Do you have any tricks for whitening the whites in your home?