DIY non-toxic spot remover | fabric brightener

If you’ve been around me enough you know that I’m crazy about my white sheets, white towels and anything else white, and I’m equally as dedicated to keeping them that way.

I’ve stained up white shoes, and just last week I dyed a white towel light pink (surely I’m not the only one), but neither of these things are as concerning to me as they typically would be because of this recipe:

I now use this all-natural brightening-alternative and it has relieved my anxiety when it comes to maintaining the integrity of my household fabrics, as well as my blouses that I spill coffee down nearly every morning.


What you’ll need


10 drops of lemon essential oil

1 cap full of Mrs. Meyer’s Laundry Detergent

1 cup of baking soda

32 oz. of Hydrogen Peroxide

1 pot of hot water

a bathtub or a big bucket


What you’ll do


Start by filling your bathtub with enough room temperature water to completely immerse your bedding, or whatever fabric you’re removing stains from. I’ve done this most recently with bedding, a bathing suit, and a pair of white vans and have been successful with each.

After filling your bathtub or bucket, boil your pot of water. When the water begins to boil, remove it from the burner, add your lemon essential oil and laundry detergent, and stir.

Side-note: the aroma in my apartment after doing this is always outrageous. 

Pour this mixture into your bathtub, and then pour in the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Take a big spoon (or a shampoo bottle or something) and stir the mixture around. Put your fabric in the bathtub and leave it overnight. I truly apologize. You’ll have to use spare sheets or sleep on the couch, or wait to wear that blouse, but it will be worth it.

The following morning drain your tub, wring the material, and throw it in the wash as if putting it through a normal cycle.

When you take it out of the dryer, it will be perfect, your bathtub will probably be pretty clean as well, and I can only assume you will sleep sound on starch-white sheets or tred in bright sneakers. Either sounds fun.



Author: Shelby Strickland

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