Written by Tenley Haraldson. Reviewed by Sean Busch.

The average family does approximately 6-7 loads of laundry every week, and that adds up to a lot of water, detergent, and energy.

Since it’s a harsh chemical, but more families are foregoing this caustic chemical over concerns of potential bleach hazards and skin sensitivities.

We also prefer to whiten clothes without bleach – that's why you’ll never find it in any of our Puracy ingredients. We've rounded up these tried-and-true laundry whiteners that will have your clothes as fresh and bright as the day you bought them. 

1. Pre-Soak Your Laundry with Lemons

Fill your basin with hot water and 1-2 sliced lemons (depending on how soiled your clothes are). Add your laundry, let it soak for one to two hours, and wash as normal in your washing machine.

If your clothes need an extra brightening boost, boil the water first, add the lemons and clothing, and let it sit overnight. 

Pro tip: Be sure to check the fabric care instructions for each garment to ensure that it can handle hot water. Never use this method on fabrics that require washing in cold water.

2. Tackle Multiple Laundry Issues with Vinegar

In addition to brightening white clothes, distilled white vinegar softens fabric while removing musty, mildewy smells. Simply pour 1/4 cup of vinegar to an already-running machine during the last rinse cycle.

For clothes that need a bit more attention, soak them for a few hours in a basin full of water and one cup of white vinegar.

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3. Treat Your Whites with Hydrogen Peroxide

Will hydrogen peroxide bleach clothes? Not only does this medicine-cabinet staple disinfect mild cuts and wounds, but it’s also an excellent laundry whitener. When starting a load, simply pour 1 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide straight into your detergent or bleach dispenser. Proceed with your regular laundry routine. 

Whiten Extra-Dirty Clothes with Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

Hydrogen peroxide also does wonders on embarrassing underarm stains. Make a paste of equal parts hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and water. Cover stains with a ¼” layer and allow it to sit for about 30 to 60 minutes. Lightly remove any extra residue with a soft brush and throw the item in the washer.

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4. How to Make White Clothes Whiter with Baking Soda 

Baking soda factors into most natural cleaning tips – and for good reason! You can use this gentle substance to safely clear your drain, eliminate odors from the fridge, and even amplify the whitening effects of your laundry cycle.

Start your washing machine, pour ½ cup of baking soda into the water until it dissolves, and run the cycle as normal. For a larger load of laundry, we recommend using a full cup of baking soda.

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5. Reduce Your Utility Bill and Get Whiter Clothes

There's something comforting about the smell of crisp, sun-dried linens, and hanging laundry out to dry is another natural laundry whitener. In fact, the longer you leave them in the sun, the greater the brightening effect.

There are plenty of other reasons to switch to line drying. Not only does tumble-drying shrink and fade your clothing, but the Department of Energy determined that switching to line drying could conserve up to 4% of your electricity usage. If you’re using cloth diapers, expect a noticeable drop in your electric bill!

Remember: UV rays can fade clothing. Before hanging them up, turn your items inside out and limit drying time to a couple of hours.

6. Choose Natural Laundry Detergents with Gentle Formulas

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Continual washing with harsh detergents will wear down even the strongest materials. Prolong the life of your wardrobe and household linens with a gentler formula.

Puracy Laundry Detergent uses plant-based enzymes and natural minerals to clean just as effectively as synthetic brands – without harsh residues. For the best way to whiten clothes, use it with any of the natural methods listed above. 

7. Attack Stains with Puracy Stain Remover

Thousands of our customers swear by Puracy Natural Stain Remover, an enzyme-based product that lifts grime, grass, berries, blood, sweat, oil, cosmetics, dirt, and hundreds of other stains and odors out of clothing.

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If your whites only need brightening in a specific area (like armpit stains), spot treat them for maximum results. Using our natural stain remover, spray the affected area and agitate with a soft brush (or by rubbing the fabric together), then wait at least 15 minutes before laundering.

For tough stains, leave the spray on overnight or for several days (the longer the better), then launder using the warmest water that the fabric care instructions allow. If necessary, opt for the "extra rinse" cycle on your machine and repeat the enzyme-based treatment once more.

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It's hard enough to find the perfect white shirt or pair of pants – it's even harder to keep them that way. But you don't need to use harsh chemicals on your favorite clothes. 

Keep Puracy laundry essentials on hand to brighten whites without bleach. With our 100% satisfaction guarantee, you’ve got nothing to lose!