Natural and Thrifty in 365: #340 Lighten Linens with Lemons

Use the natural lightening power of lemons to brighten your whites on the stovetop.

  • Gather your napkins, small linens, socks and such to be whitened.
  • Fill a large pot with water and slices of lemon.
  • Bring water to boil and then turn off the heat.
  • Soak the linens in the water for an hour.  For maximum brightening power, place the linens in the sun.
  • Launder as usual.

This is far less damaging to natural fibers than even just a touch of bleach.  You’ll love the whiter whites.  I’ve done this with 100% cotton cloth diapers and the results were phenomenal.

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart.

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  1. Do you have any recommendations for whitening large linens such as duvet covers, furniture slipcovers, etc? Especially when you have a front loading washing machine? Thanks!

    • Peggy – I usually try some Borax in my wash, and then vinegar in the rinse cycle for big items. I’ve also been known to put lemon juice in my wash cycle.

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