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Dawn Peterson Posted: Wed, Apr 25 2012 4:10 PM

We live in the country and have very hard water.  We have a softner on the hot water but not on the cold.  Anyway, our white are starting to look dingy gray.  Does anyone have any idea how to make the white clothes white again?  I have heard that 2 Cups of lemon juice and a cup of salt works, but does anyone have any other ideas??

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Diana replied on Wed, Apr 25 2012 5:01 PM

To whiten my clothes without destroying the clothes like bleach does, I use hydrogen peroxide in my wash water instead of bleach.  1 cup in the wash water along with your soap.  Hope it helps .

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Carol replied on Wed, Apr 25 2012 9:54 PM

Dawn Peterson:

We live in the country and have very hard water.  We have a softner on the hot water but not on the cold.  Anyway, our white are starting to look dingy gray.  Does anyone have any idea how to make the white clothes white again?  I have heard that 2 Cups of lemon juice and a cup of salt works, but does anyone have any other ideas??

My Mother always used Rit color remover to whiten the stubborn ones - I haven't used it, but she was lots more fussy with her laundry  than I am!

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Jeanine replied on Wed, Apr 25 2012 10:15 PM

Cut them up for rags and buy new ones.  (you think I'm kidding?  I hate messing with laundry.)

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Nana replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 10:33 AM

Dawn

I just use bleach on my whites.  It brightens them back up as well as killing any of the "germs" that are residing in the underwear and socks.

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Barbara replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 10:35 AM

Dawn<I use oxyclean and have for years , but once a month I do use a cup of bleach, it just gives my whites and little lift. Barbara

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gini replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 10:44 AM

my mom used to used bluing, do they still make it?   it makes the whites look whiter.

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Barbara replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 10:46 AM

Gini I think they do its just not easy to find. Barbara

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ls2116 replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 11:03 AM

Someone told me purex color safe bleach powder that the powder makes a difference.

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Agnes replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 11:13 AM

I no longer have the water problem. I used Rit color remover. Bleach was the worst thing we could use in that water. Perhaps you need to experiment with something that is almost ready for the rag bin before doing whole loads.

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Stephanie replied on Thu, Apr 26 2012 12:18 PM

Dawn,

I have well equipment where I live, and even though softened coming into the house we have what they call tannins and some iron in the water. The first time I used  bleach it caused the clothes to yellow. Eeeek! Bleach  doesn't react well with the iron in the water. I think you need to know what is in your water to know what product to use. I am contemplating upgrading my system as they do have water systems available that can make your water crystal clear.     

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Kris replied on Fri, Apr 27 2012 12:24 AM

gini:

my mom used to used bluing, do they still make it?   it makes the whites look whiter.

That's what we use in the caribbean. Amazon.com has Bluette and there's also Mrs Stewart's.

I haven't used any of these liquids. Ours comes as a solid that we dissolve in water. They probably work the same. Mrs Stewarts has a website that gives instructions for "bluing". 

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Maggie replied on Fri, Apr 27 2012 12:28 AM

Kris, that reminds me that I had a friend who used blueing in her pool because it made the water look so good ---  we all looked like smurfs till we took a shower.  

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we have well water also and bleach is awful i use iron out usually one cap full does the trick.  i also have used color safe bleach and it doesn't make whites turn. but the iron out is the best. just be careful when using and do not breath in the powder.

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Vivian replied on Fri, Apr 27 2012 9:48 AM

Jeanine:
(you think I'm kidding?  I hate messing with laundry.)

 Hear, hear.

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