Maintaining the whiteness of your white clothes can be quite a challenge. In time, white clothes tend to turn yellowish or greyish, which is a real nightmare. Although most housewives turn to synthetic bleach, this only makes things worse as this chemical not only thins your clothes, but also fails to give the expected results.
How to restore your clothes’ whiteness?
Luckily, it doesn’t always come to expensive bleaches or detergents as there are a number of natural methods to make your clothes white again. In fact, one of the most efficient methods to whiten your laundry is potassium permanganate, which gives great results.
How to white your clothes with potassium permanganate?
Potassium permanganate is easily available at any pharmacy. To effectively whiten your clothes, pour 10l water in a washbasin and add a few crystals of potassium permanganate. Wait until it’s well dissolved and pink. Don’t use too much potassium permanganate as the water will turn dark purple. Afterwards add 200g laundry detergent in the water. Stir well. Finally, put your laundry in this solution and cover the basin with a plastic bag. Leave it for at least 4-5 hours. You can also leave it to act overnight. Don’t worry about the uninviting water color.
4-5 hours later, or the next morning, remove the clothes from the basin, squeeze the water out of them and wash then a usual in your washing machine. You can also wash your clothes before putting them in this solution. If you washed your clothes before you used the potassium permanganate method, you just rinse them in clean water and hang out to dry.
If there’s need, repeat this bleaching method until you restore your clothes’ original whiteness.
Note: Another common ingredient you can use to bleach white clothes is baking soda. Simply mix 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda with your laundry detergent. Baking soda is also helpful for softening hard water, thus making your laundry detergent more efficient. In fact, baking powder is commonly used as an efficient bleach substitute. The results are amazing!