How to clean dingy white shirts

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How to clean dingy white shirts
Use lemons for a fresh white look. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

White shirts can get dingy after several wears or washes. Use natural ingredients to refresh the clothing. Use either lemons or baking soda. Lemons work like bleach, but do not have harmful chemicals. If your clothes smell like lemon afterwards, put them in the wash or hang outside to air out. Baking soda brightens whites, and other colours, when put in the washing machine. Baking soda is safe to use with other detergents. Neither ingredient will damage the fibres.

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Things you need

  • Large cooking pot
  • Water
  • Lemon slices
  • Baking soda
  • Washing powder

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  1. 1

    Fill a pot two-thirds of the way full.

  2. 2

    Boil the water.

  3. 3

    Put two to four lemon slices in the pot.

  4. 4

    Put the shirt in the pot.

  5. 5

    Boil for 15-20 minutes, or until the clothes are white.

  1. 1

    Put the shirts in the washing machine.

  2. 2

    Pour 120 g (4 oz) of baking soda in the wash.

  3. 3

    Put in your regular detergent.

  4. 4

    Wash in the machine as normal.

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