Do it Yourself No Bleach Laundry Brightener!!

I’m SO happy to introduce this to you today!!! I really wasn’t sure it was going to work but IT DID! So, I’m sharing this technique with you because it’s TOTALLY worth using!

Here’s what happened. I bought the cutest yellow sweater about a year ago (yes I know, a year!). I washed it before I wanted to wear it and the minute I pulled it out of the laundry, I found it dingy, gray tinged, and just plain dirty looking! I was SO upset! So, this sweater got tossed to the side. I’ve washed it several times since then (all without ever wearing it) in an effort to get rid of the nasty dingy look to NO avail!

Yesterday I threw it aside and figured I’d give it one more shot before this never worn sweater was tossed into the garbage. No, I’m not the kind of person that normally does that either. Yes, I donate my clothes. However, I wasn’t about to give something to Good Will that looked like it had been used and abused. Anyway, let’s move on.

Here is what I’m working with again.

It’s really hard to tell unless you put the sweater pictures side by side but this was REALLY dingy.

*I’ve added this photo after this was originally posted. Since the tags weren’t easily visible in that last picture, it seems that some might believe I did a switcheroo. So, here’s another shot of the sweater.* ๐Ÿ™‚

Since my sweater is yellow, I didn’t want to add straight bleach to the wash. The color safe bleach certainly didn’t do anything to help either. So, I tried my own concoction.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Your dingy clothing
  • 1/2 cup of Vinegar
  • Handful of Salt
  • Normal Laundry Detergent

Place your clothing that needs a little extra brightening into the washer. Add your regular detergent to the machine. Now, add 1/2 a cup of vinegar to your fabric softener dispenser.

Next, add a handful of salt right into the detergent mix. Try and stir it a bit so it dissolves some.

Put your washer on a normal cycle and let it run! This is what the sweater looked like straight out of the wash…

There’s already a HUGE difference between what the sweater looked like before the wash and now!

Here’s the sweater right out of the dryer.

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! My sweater has been saved from an eternal resting place and after a very long frustrating year, I can finally wear it!

Honestly, I’m not sure I will ever use the store bought stuff again. Oh, and just in case you were wondering, no. The clothes do not smell like vinegar when you’re done washing.

That’s it! I hope this laundry tip will help save some of your clothes too!

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  • Judith

    I use Vinegar as my fabric softener. I have’nt bought fabric softener in years. I make my own laundry soap too. I will try this because my whites have been looking kinda dingy lately, hope it works for me! Thanks

  • Leslie

    you should use Shout color catchers. if it turned dingy after the first wash it was probably the dye from other garments being redeposited onto you new sweater. I have even seen diy recipes for making the color catchers, though I have never tried making them.


  • Carol

    What a great idea! Can this method be used safely in an HE washer? I can’t see why it would create a subs problem, however, better safe than sorry.

  • rosebudds

    Wow, you did well!

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