by Debra Wyatt
(last updated June 7, 2010)
When it comes to getting those whites to stay white, it can be a real challenge—especially if you are choosing not to use bleach or the fabric label states you shouldn't use bleach. There are a lot of other options that will work in helping you to get your whites even whiter.
Part of the problem that comes with bleaching your whites is that bleaching helps to add wear and tear to the fabric by weakening the fibers. That's because bleach is a chemical that helps to remove color or to whiten clothes through oxidation. Your common household bleach contains approximately 3 to 6 percent sodium hypochlorite (NaCl0) with a catalysts and activator added such as tetraacetylethylenediamin and/or a chemical called sodium nonanoyloxybenzenesulfonate.
If those fancy names make you think "harsh chemicals," that's because they are; there are a lot of other ways to get your whites looking great without using harsh chemicals.
Here are some great ideas that I have run across over the years that seem to help get whites clean and whiter without using bleach.
Try out the different ideas to see which one you like the best.
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