How To Get White Socks Without Bleach by SallyTX

Have clean, white socks without bleach!

Bleach is Bad News!

I sorted through all my socks recently and got them all sorted into pairs and types so I wouldn’t constantly be pulling out mismatched winter socks in the summer and mismatched summer socks in the winter. I decided it would make the job faster to just toss all the white ones together in a laundry basket and sort them at the end. Once I was done with all the colored socks and looked at my basket of white socks, I wasn’t too happy with what I found! They were a pretty dingy, rag-tag bunch, to say the least!

I wanted to whiten them, but I don’t like to use bleach. It’s bad for the environment and it tends to break down fabric and make it wear out faster. Instead I set my washer on theSOAK cycle for a small load of wash and set the temperature on HOT and started it filling.

I added:

  • 2 tablespoons of laundry detergent
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of baking soda
  • 2 ounces of white vinegar

I let it start agitating to get this all stirred up and added the socks. Once all the socks were soaked, I turned off the washer and left it overnight. The next day, I turned the washer back on and let the SOAKcycle finish up. Then I ran a regular wash with a HOT wash and a WARMrinse. I didn’t add anything to that, but you might want to add fabric softener.

My socks turned out really well, and once I got them sorted out by pairs, I was happy to see I won’t need to buy any new ones for a while. I was also glad that I didn’t have to use a very harsh chemical to get these results. To make it even greener, you could replace the laundry detergent with a more natural alternative like Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap.


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