How to whiten bed sheets instantly using natural methods without bleach


White sheets are so welcoming to crawl into at the end of the day, especially when they’re fresh and clean. However, white sheets are incredibly tough to keep looking so nice.

Over time, they can start to become quite discoloured and yellow. When sleeping, the body releases natural oils and sweat that leave behind stains.

This unpleasant hue can be stubborn and difficult to get rid of with just regular washing. Fortunately, with the help of laundry experts at Sleep Foundation, there are ways to get sheets back to their crisp white state.

Wash them at the right time 

Maintaining pristine white sheets and pillowcases is a balancing act. Households want to wash these items regularly in order to keep them fresh, but washing them too frequently “will lead to increased wear and tear” as the materials break down.

The experts said: “We recommend washing your white sheets at least once per week. Purchasing multiple sheet sets will allow you to swap out sheets and pillowcases easily when laundry day arrives.”

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Avoid bleach where possible

Chlorine bleach is an inexpensive option for whitening sheets and pillowcases, but “it is not particularly effective”. 

The bedding experts said: “If the bedding items have traces of body oil on them, the chlorine may react with these substances and cause yellow stains to appear.”

For “best results”, they suggested first washing the items without bleach to clean away the oil, sweat, and other contaminants. If the sheets and pillowcases still need whitening, then they can be washed a second time using alternatives.

Use baking soda and white vinegar 

Two of these alternatives are baking soda and white vinegar. The experts explained: “Many rely on chlorine bleach to brighten their sheets, but there are actually more effective ways than bleach to keep your sheets looking white and fresh. 

“One common method involves adding about half a cup of baking soda to your laundry detergent before each load.”

Baking soda strengthens the detergent and also helps to control and eliminate any odours.

White vinegar also has “natural whitening capabilities” and works as an “effective fabric softener”. 

Try adding half a cup at the beginning of the wash cycle. Alternatively, households can soak the sheets and pillowcases in vinegar and warm water prior to placing them in the washing machine. 

In either case, the vinegar smell will wash out, leaving the items smelling fresh. The experts added: “Use baking soda and white vinegar together for maximum whitening.”

Try lemon juice

Like vinegar and baking soda, lemon juice has “whitening and odour-controlling properties” that make it “very effective for cleaning sheets” and pillowcases. 

The experts advised: “Use one to two cups of lemon juice for the best results. Either pour the lemon juice directly into your washing machine at the beginning of the cycle or soak your linens overnight in hot water with half a cup of lemon juice.”

Line dry sheets 

Rather than tumble drying bed sheets in a machine, try letting them dry on a clothesline if possible. One to two hours under the open sun can “whiten and freshen bedding items” as well, if not “more effectively than a household dryer”.

Post source: Express

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