If your laundry generally consists of white clothing, towels, or bedding, you probably use a great deal of bleach trying to keep them white. Still, you might find that over time, your whites seem to turn off-white, or yellow. Even if you have tried other methods, such as stain removers, per-treating, bluing, or other common household products, you still may not have gotten the results you desire. White items are not only harder to keep white, they catch stains easier than colors, simply due to their absence of color.
What I use instead of bleach
There is a much more efficient and inexpensive alternative to bleaching your whites. To keep these items looking white and bright, I prefer to use white vinegar and baking soda. I find that it does not yellow the whites over time the way bleach can, and often even removes the discoloration that bleach, or other products may have caused. It is also a simple procedure to deal with, and cost you less in both time and money.
All you need is one cup of white vinegar, and one half cup of baking soda. Simply pour these in with your detergent, and wash as normal.They need not be name brand products, either, whatever is cheapest will work just as well. However, it should be only white vinegar, not any other kind. Use this method on a regular basis, and you will notice that even items that have yellowed from bleach or other products, or even from time spent in storage will become brighter with each consecutive washing.
Removing tough stains
When I have stains on my white clothes, I never use bleach, because bleach can actually set the stains in, so they may never come out. Instead, I simply use the same procedure mentioned above, but I allow the clothes to soak overnight before washing them. If this does not remove the stains, they are probably not ever coming out.
I have tried other methods, and found this to be an easier, more efficient and economical means of keeping my whites clean and bright. You need not spend a fortune, or waste precious time in such chores.