Can you see the strawberry stains on this adorable smocked outfit? Most moms would fret over this, right? Not me! We didn’t even use a bib while he was wearing this outfit. I’m sure my family thought I was crazy for letting Robert drip strawberry juice all over his new outfit that Mama J sent him, but I knew a couple laundry tricks would easily get these stains out. I let this outfit sit in the dirty clothes for 2 days before cleaning it and it came out with no stains!
I almost feel like my secrets are magical. No soaking or scrubbing is required! All I do is add Calgon water softener to my cold wash cycle, dry as usual and put the clothes out in the sun to “sun bleach”. Sun bleaching isn’t anything new. Cloth diapering mommas know all about the power of the sun. Beach combers use the sun to bleach out sand dollars and other dingy shells.
Cloth diapering is what got me into sun bleaching, but now I sun bleach everything! Here is a pic of me sunning my white cloth napkins.
Some people think you need to invest in a fancy dryer rack, but I say, why not use something you already own? I wasted money on a rack once and hated it. Mine was wooden and quickly warped and fell apart. My chairs and table work just fine for me. As you can see, we don’t have a backyard. I have to sun bleach on our tiny covered portico. We don’t have direct sun all day, but if I put the items out in the morning, they are perfectly clean by evening.
Why does this work? According to the library of congress, UV rays break down chemical bonds in color and result in a bleaching effect. Just be careful, because you can end up fading your colors if you leave them out too long.
Some people say that the sun will kill germs. Unfortunately, I can’t find any scientific data to support that it kills enough germs to sterilize. If my clothes are out on a particularly pollen-y day, I run them through the wash and dryer again.
What safe, cheap and natural laundry tricks do you have? Please share!