Use Lemon Juice to Brighten Your Whites

Nothing starts the judgment train faster than wearing a white shirt that’s leaning pretty far towards yellow. And don’t get us started on nasty sheets! Luckily, the key to brightening your whites is simple, cheap and easy – all you need is a few lemons.

1. Prepare Your Lemon Juice

You’ll about ½ a cup of lemon juice to restore that pearly white glow (if it’s a small load, ¼ should be fine). If you’re old school, you can fresh-squeeze your juice, but a store-bought bottle of lemon juice will work, too.

2. Add the Juice to Your Laundry Cycle

Pour the juice into the next whites laundry cycle that you run. Keep everything else the same, and your whites will shine!

3. Optional: Give Pit Stains Special Treatment

If you’re dealing with some gnarly undershirts, this may not be enough. So, take half of a lemon and rub the juice on the stubborn pit stain in question. Let it sit overnight, and then add it to a laundry cycle.

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  • Danit Felber Danit Felber on Mar 23, 2017
    Amazing! I'm always looking for ways to swap out harsh chemicals with natural alternatives (and my white shirts have been suffering because of it). I'm going to try this, thanks!