52 Weeks to Toxin Free DIY Laundry Brightener

When you have kids, laundry becomes a chore of insanity. We complete and hope for different results each time, that the dirty clothes would stop piling up! Alas, only in a fairy tale or when the kids grow up and move out do the never ending piles of children’s clothing end. In the meantime, how do we keep brighter, fresher clothes without all the chemicals, toxins and perfumes. For me, I love fresh laundry and bright colored clothing; what I do not love are dingy clothes that still have hard to remove stains, like whites for instance. Even colored clothing can have hard to remove stains, so here is a great DIY laundry brightener that is cheaper than oxy clean and safer for your colored clothing than bleach.

Now you will have almost an entire laundering arsenal at your fingertips with this DIY laundry brightener plus my DIY Laundry Detergent and DIY Fabric Softener. All of these items are right out of your pantry, bathroom and or are under your sink. What you need is some patience, measuring cups, and storage. I have scoured Goodwill for some really excellent glass storage jars or glass beverage dispensers that house these magical laundry items. They really give your laundry room a beautiful, clinical and clean look that others will covet.

So to really tackle your toughest laundry on a budget and without using harsh chemicals this recipe will be sure to do the trick. The items and ingredients you will need:

Using your empty jar and or storage container, add all ingredients. Gently shake in order to mix all ingredients together. Add to your bleach tray in your washer and or toss in with your regular detergent. Only 1/4c each load will do for brighter whites and less dingy clothes. This DIY Laundry Brightener is sure to brighten your laundry days as well as your clothes for your family.

Meet the Author

Karie Herring

Karie Herring rambles of a former life in Phoenix, AZ while raising a teen and tween twins in their new home in Orlando, FL. She has been featured in AOL Money & Finance, Betty Confidential and Career School Now. She's a full-time technical writer, functional fitness athlete, overachieving wife and mom. She loves talking about maneuvering motherhood, womanhood, and her passion for essential oils and natural living.

21 comments… add one
  • Linda Manns Linneman Feb 18, 2016, 11:30 am

    I will definitely give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing this

  • michelle combs Feb 18, 2016, 8:22 pm

    I definitely wanna try this

  • Cindy Feb 20, 2016, 1:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing…Great info, can’t wait to try!

  • Dorothy Hubbard Feb 20, 2016, 2:34 pm

    Not to difficult at all, will give this a try.

  • michelle combs Feb 20, 2016, 5:01 pm

    I wanna try this

  • Melissa S Feb 22, 2016, 4:00 pm

    I am going to try this, it sounds so much better than what I am doing now.

  • Jill Jacoby Feb 23, 2016, 12:23 pm

    I am going to try this. I have sensitive skin and am very careful when I do my laundry to the point I washed mine separate from my sons clothes when he was growing up.

  • Katie Hall Mar 1, 2016, 5:03 pm

    I can’t wait to try this =]]

  • Renee Rousseau Mar 9, 2016, 9:49 am

    I can’t wait to try this! I would also like to try this on my white kitchen counters!

  • Edward Reinholtz Mar 11, 2016, 2:40 am

    This sounds like a great Idea that I would love to try on my own Laundry . Too many chemicals destroy what people wear

  • Edna Williams Mar 17, 2016, 10:23 am

    I definitely can’t wait to try this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Deb E Apr 28, 2016, 11:16 am

    I actually have a few unopened bottles of hydrogen peroxide so I’ll give this a go. I need to get my whites whiter! I’m afraid to use bleach and this is gentler.

  • Jeanine Carlson Jul 2, 2016, 12:16 am

    All those years using bleach and here’s such a safe, effective alternative!

  • Ann Jul 23, 2016, 8:27 pm

    I have probably used bleach only a small handful of times, as it’s something that I REALLY hesitate to put anywhere near nice clothing. This DIY formula looks like a really great alternative. Thank you!

  • Kathleen Kelly Aug 13, 2016, 12:21 pm

    Nice easy DIY recipe! Thanks for sharing your expertise!

  • Dotty J Boucher Nov 9, 2016, 2:58 am

    Nice! I am going to have to try this one out, never thought about making my own laundry
    brightener and its so easy to make,,, Thinking of the money I am going to save.

  • janie vezina Dec 13, 2016, 5:07 pm

    i need to make this.. cheaper than ordering online and waiting for it to get here.

  • Lynne B Dec 30, 2016, 2:01 pm

    This has got to be an improvement over the smell of bleach. As I start my EO collection, this will be one recipe I want to try.

  • Renee Rousseau Jan 6, 2017, 6:17 am

    This is the first time I have ever read about homemade Brightener and I can’t wait to give it a try on my dingy colors! Thanks for sharing!

  • John Smith Dec 30, 2017, 11:45 pm

    Seems like a basic, very doable recipe for a laundry brightener!

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