Monday, November 12, 2012

An Unusual Way to Get Whiter Whites - Laundry Tips

Getting whiter whites...sounds like the woes of a woman in the 1950's, no? But seriously, it's one of those trickly laundry situations that make all of us happy slobs shake our heads...or perhaps in very bad moments, shaking our fists in despair at our dingy, greyish white clothes! So, I started doing some research to find new ways to get white laundry whiter and cleaner than ever.

Now, I admit that this tip is not entirely natural, so if you come here for tips on homemade, all-natural cleaners then it might not be the best tip for you. But, I read how some people use dishwasher detergent, of all things to boost the whitening power of their wash.

And guess what? It actually works! I added about a half cup of non-phosphate dishwasher detergent to a hot water load of white laundry. I wasn't really expecting much. But, to my (pleased!) surprise, the laundry looked much whiter than before. The dishwasher detergent (it was, as mentioned non-phosphate, and was a powder formula) left the whites much whiter and also felt crisp and nice to the touch. Huh. I'm still surprised by it all.

I'm not sure if you'd need to add this to your wash every time you wash whites. I might do it once in a while to boost whitening. But, it's a tip that I definitely had to share.

Have a killer laundry tip that you just MUST share with other Happy Slobs from around the world? Don't hold back slobbos - please, post it. :) And go and do a cleaning burst while you're at it...I'm about to do the same!


Janel said...

Can you tell me if you used a name brand powered dish detergent or a store brand? Thank you!
Janel in NJ

Elsie in North Georgia said...

Cool tip! I don't often have an all-white load, though. I hope I can remember this tip when I do!

HappySlob said...

Janel - I used Finish detergent, since it's my favorite and is now non-phosphate, like I mentioned in the post. :) I think that it would work with most brands, but I LOVE Finish! (It's replaced Cascade for me.)

missnative said...

Thank you for the tip. I so enjoy visiting your blog. Your advice is always helpful, especially for moms like me who can feel overly stressed when it comes to keeping the home clean.

I am such a fan of your book, No Hassle Housecleaning, I decided to write a book review for my favorite website. It is still in the works, but I just had to share my discovery.

Thank you again and I look forward to more advice from your Guide to Housecleaning.

HappySlob said...

Thanks, miss! Please let me know when your book review is up, as I'd love to read it. :) Your sweet comments really made my day...

Image Office Cleaning said...

Ok, so i tried this last night on my white load and it actually works. My shirts (and pants) look pretty sharp.

Thanks for the tip. i'm going to browse through the rest of your blog to see what other nugets of gold you have!