Natural Bleach Alternative: Lemon, Salt & Baking Soda (Bicarbonate Soda)

Recently, Ryo stained his own OC 100 organic combed cotton t-shirt. With what, nobody knows, but it seems plausible that his creeping beer-loving belly has contributed to where he got the stains.

 Mic stands make a pretty good clothes rack.

Mic stands make a pretty good clothes rack.

You don't have to work in fashion to know how badly chlorine bleach damages your fabric. A lot of people have bleached their favourite white garments, only to find that it's gotten much coarser and rougher on the skin (obviously as it breaks down the fibre in the process). On top of that it's not quite ideal for the environment (1, 2, 3) and in our humble opinion, über white-whites are as imperfect as the idea of perfection.

So we already heard from (the internet) people that things like lemon, vinegar, tea tree oil worked well as natural bleach alternatives, so we gave it a shot with what we had in the kitchen.

 Preparation: half a lemon, 10 shakes of baking soda, 10 shakes of sea salt mixed into about a 1L of water in a bucket. I applied some of the lemon juice directly onto the stains as well.

Preparation: half a lemon, 10 shakes of baking soda, 10 shakes of sea salt mixed into about a 1L of water in a bucket. I applied some of the lemon juice directly onto the stains as well.

 Soaked it for a couple hours (pink coloured buckets are optional).

Soaked it for a couple hours (pink coloured buckets are optional).

We then rinsed it, and left it out to dry in the next morning's sun.

The results are pretty astonishing.

 Ta-f'in-da.

Ta-f'in-da.

From a wider angle, before and after.

 Before.

Before.

 After. You can also see that the baking soda softened the fabric significantly.

After. You can also see that the baking soda softened the fabric significantly.

We also tried this without salt on Ryo's Timberland Earthkeepers white canvas shoes that suffered red wine stains all over (post-standing next to fellow inebriated friends). It worked wonders!

 Initially, the whole outside was covered in red wine which is great for the mouth, not as much on shoes.

Initially, the whole outside was covered in red wine which is great for the mouth, not as much on shoes.

We gathered information from a few sources then improvised the rest. You can check them out here.

Whiten clothes naturally with homemade bleach -  thankyourbody.com

Forget the bleach! 3 all-natural cleaners to use instead - organicauthority.com

Vinegar and baking soda brighten and clean laundry better - greenopedia.com

Lemon juice, salt and the sun work together to fight stains - mnn.com

Apparently, you can also make your own washing powder from baking soda. Some people use a similar concoction for cleaning around the house as well. 

Let us know if this works for you. If you want your favourite, quality garments to live the longest life possible then it's definitely a solution to consider!

 

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