A Bright Question

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Here’s a question to which a 34 year old mom of two children SHOULD know the answer…

How do you keep your white clothing stay a nice bright white? All of mine are a dull listless white. They look white to me until I hold them up to a brand new white item. A little while ago my friend gave me a bagful of clothes from her closet. Her whites were all a really bright white.

Hmmm. I guess I should ask her.

Any suggestions from you all would be helpful, too, though!

And G? What’s your secret?


About Debbie

I am a stay at home mom of 2 energetic children. I homeschool them as well. I have a great husband who, after 7 years of working away from, finally has a job where he is home every night. We are trying to learn how to live together again along with adjusting to the lower pay that came along with the job change.
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14 Responses to A Bright Question

  1. philosophyoflife says:

    I boil my whites as well as placing a packet of the ‘glo-white’ and must admit – they come out really white….

    The only sad thing is when it comes to ironing – alas my pipe ash often leaves it status symbol too 😦

  2. Janet T. says:

    I just don’t buy white stuff. πŸ™‚

  3. Debbie says:

    Peter – You BOIL your whites? In what? A cauldron? And you call Dawn a witch?? πŸ˜‰

    Janet – Yeah – that’s probably the smarter way to go!

  4. philosophyoflife says:

    It was ‘Dawn’ – who suggested it πŸ˜†

    It just goes to show …… 😯

  5. philosophyoflife says:

    They come out even ‘whiter’ – when one hangs them on the washing line πŸ˜‰

  6. robinellablog says:

    Okay boiling is way too much trouble, as is hanging them on a line, ‘specially when it’s cold out.

    I need a magic answer. I’ll check back.

  7. Dawn says:

    Debbie, I laughed so hard when I read your comment. Thanks for the support. Don’t be fooled, I did not suggest the boiling of whites in a cauldron, however, my aunt used to boil the diapers to sanitize and make them white. I think Mr. Domestic Pants might have the whitest whites in his neighbourhood.

    Hanging on the line does help, and I do wash and rinse in hot water. I also use Oxiclean in the wash and Avon bubble bath. I must say, my whites are much better now that I have my front load washer. They are not as white as I would like, so I may have to take the advice from the domestic diva above, and start boiling the whites.

  8. Sirdar says:

    I have no idea. Fortunately, I have Dawn who washes my clothes. Therefore, I have clean clothes and don’t have to worry about my whites.

  9. Joy T. says:

    1/4 cup lemon juice in the wash, warm water. Hanging in the sun is best but tumble dry otherwise. If there are stains, use salt and lemon juice on the stain. Works everytime πŸ™‚

  10. philosophyoflife says:

    πŸ˜† Trust me it works every time – boiling and they come out even whiter than Dawn’s teeth πŸ˜‰

    I am the envy of the neighbourhood – even the sheep cannot compete..

  11. Debbie says:

    Robinella – Well, I’m glad I’m not the only one who needs the answer!

    Dawn – “Mr.Domestic Pants” Now THAT’s funny!
    Never heard of using Avon bubble bath – sounds interesting.

    Sirdar – Yes. How conveeeeeenient. πŸ˜‰

    Joy – Now I like this suggestion simply because I have lemon juice – I don’t have to go out and buy something new. I have a load of whites to go in right now so I’m going to give it a try. Thanks!

    Peter – Of course, everyone (even the sheep) probably needs sun glasses to look at you!

  12. philosophyoflife says:

    One’s ‘Unique’ status – even has Dawn – bowing to the Master πŸ˜‰

  13. G says:

    Me? my whites??? I think my Donna and sister in law in MB have the whitest whites!

    Thanks for the compliment:)


  14. Heather says:

    This is how I do my whites and I got it from my Grams. I soak the load of whites for a few hours or overnight with my usually laundry detergent. I run the whole cycle. Then I run it again with Hot water/ laundry det and throw in a cup of bleach. My whites are usually pretty white. Very easy.

    Now if you happen to have 2 boys that will go outside in their white socks and insanely stain everything white they wear…. then you need to soak everything in hotwater, detergent, bleach overnight. Run cycle. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. OR just go out and buy some new sock. πŸ˜‰

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