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7 Simple Ways to Whiten Your Clothes

 You most likely have two or three favorite clothes that you tend to wear often. But when it comes to our favorite fashion pieces, especially white ones, they become unwearable very quickly. With these handy tips, you can make your whites last longer using simple household ingredients. 
1. Remove Stubborn Stains
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In a large pot, add 2 liters of water and bring to the boil. Squeeze three lemons into the water, mixing one tablespoon of salt in hot water. Add the lemon juice and a 1/4 cup of washing powder. Let your clothes soak for about 40 minutes, then rinse in clear water two or three times. Hang to dry. 

Tip: Use this recipe to get rid of sweat stains on armpit areas or collars. 

2. Make your white shirts shine brighter
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Pour a tablespoon of baking soda onto the stained area. Cut a lemon in half and rub the cut side over the stain. Leave it for 15 minutes then wash as usual with warm water. 

Tip: Use this method to remove yellow underarm stains from white shirts. 

3. All-purpose bleach
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Slice two lemons and add them to a bowl of boiled water. Put your clothes into the water, letting them soak for about 40 minutes. After soaking, wash as usual in the washing machine.

Tip: Lemons do not damage the fabrics and can be used as an all-purpose cleaner.

4. Wash delicate clothes
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Combine 1/4 cup of laundry detergent with 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Add to 2 quarts of warm water. Soak the clothes into the solution for 30 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Tip: This recipe is suitable for washing wool and other delicate fabrics. 

5. Intense washing
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Add 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide and 4 drops ammonia to a quart of water. Let the clothes soak in the solution for 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

Tip: This solution is stronger than the above. For this reason, wear gloves to protect your skin.

6. Natural Fabric Softener
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Prepare a solution of 1 quar1-quart warm water and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Let your clothes soak in the mix for 40 minutes. To get rid of stains, pour vinegar onto the stained area and rub a piece of soap over it. 

Tip: Vinegar helps whiten clothes and also works as a natural fabric softener. 

7. Washing linen
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Add your bed linen to a bucket of sour milk and let it soak for 1 to 2 hours. Then wash as usual, repeating the soaking if necessary. 

Tip: This technique helps your bedding last longer, and makes it softer too. 


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