There's nothing quite like the freshness of natural fibres in a white shirt, whether it be your classic linen, crisp cotton or your favourite cotton tee!
So what do you do when it starts to look a bit grey from the wash, or has discolouration under the arms? How do you keep it looking fresh for longer - because after all we want our clothes to last as long as possible rather than going into landfill!
We've been doing some research into natural ways to keep our whites white and interestingly they are old time favourites that our grandparents probably used.
Despite what they advertise, using chemical bleaches actually destroys the fibres and is not good for your health or the environment. Chemical cleaners in households are not only dangerous if ingested (pets and children are at highest risk) or if they get into your eyes or on your skin but chemical bleach is especially damaging to the environment because it lingers for many years. Even small amounts of the toxic chemical can accumulate in air and water over time, which can eventually result in adverse health effects.
So try using some simple pantry staples, the humble baking soda and white vinegar!
The acidity of vinegar is what makes it so useful. Vinegar has many chemical properties that allow it to react with whatever you’re cleaning, which enables it to cut through grease and eliminate odours. When combined with baking soda, vinegar fizzes, and in many cases the bubbling action can also help loosen grease and grime. Vinegar also kills bacteria, allowing you to use it as a disinfectant.
Add a cup of vinegar to your washing. It will remove any soap residue and leave your fabrics softer and brighter.
Baking soda is a great whitener and softener - it is also antibacterial. For discolouration under the arms or stains try making a paste with the white vinegar and rubbing it on the stain, leave for half an hour and then wash.
We also recommend using earth friendly laundry products and love the Eco Stainable website for all their options and reviews.
Always wash whites together, we like a cold wash and sun dried whenever possible.
Let us know if you have any other tips on keeping clothes fresher longer.
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Stay safe and stay well.
Cloth & Co. x
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