Achieve Brighter, Cleaner Clothes By Adding One of These Ingredients to Your Next Laundry Load

Of all household chores, keeping up with laundry needs is perhaps the most demanding. That’s why we relish any opportunity to make laundry day quicker and more efficient. But, instead of reaching for harsh cleaning agents, you might wonder how you can maximize your laundering with household items. It’s possible! These three products work well when applied to your dirty laundry. Read on to find out more!

Lemon Juice

Loosen up stains by adding lemon juice to your load. As anyone familiar with cleaning with lemons will tell you, lemon is ideal for all-natural bleaching, which will brighten cotton clothes and remove rust, plus leave them smelling lemony fresh. However, lemon juice can stain colored clothing, so play it safe by sticking to whites when adding lemon juice. You can also spot-treat stains with lemon. Simply blot the stain with the juice rather than rubbing it in.


Salt’s abrasive nature makes it a great cleaning agent when combined with something soapy, like laundry detergent. In fact, salt is great for helping you remove blood, gravy, and grease stains. Instead of tossing salt in the laundry basin, use it to spot treat before you wash. Clothing with blood stains, for example, should be soaked in cold, salt-filled water. If you have a grease stain, cover it with salt, let it absorb the grease, and then brush it away before laundering.


Mouthwash is great for achieving a minty, clean feeling in your mouth. Why not replicate that effect with your laundry? Just toss a cup of sugarless, alcohol-based mouthwash into the regular wash cycle to rid extra-dirty apparel, like gym clothing, of bacteria and odors. You can also add 1/2 cup of mouthwash to the rinse mode.
This will give your clothes a burst of minty freshness, while also cleaning the drum of your washing machine.

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