How to Clean Dingy Kitchen Towels

Absolutely without chemistry to cope will not work, but if you use the options described below, you will at least know what was used and how much this substance can be dangerous.

But there are a couple of entirely environmentally friendly recipes already a hundred years old at lunch, and they are still quite effective. There is no point in describing them since everything is obvious.

The first of these is the whitening of the fabric in the bright sun. Should help! I washed and hung it outside, wetting the cloth with water several times as it dries since ultraviolet light affects only the wet surface.

In the face of nothing else, the sun was the first assistant to women in the old days. With its help, they acquired fashionable freckles and even lightened their hair. Of course, it was impossible to achieve a pure white colour, but many Italian women, naturally black-haired, could boast of light red, the so-called “Venetian”. To do this, they moistened their hair with goat’s milk or some alkali and sat in the sun for a long time.

But, back to the bleaching of kitchen textiles.

The second elementary method is boiling towels in soapy water.

But, it helps, for the time being; the fabric either turn yellow or turns grey with time.

Let’s now look at more complex recipes.



Salt is the progenitor of all modern optical bleaches (those that, without changing colors, create the illusion of whiteness).

It does not spoil the structure of the fabric, and its effect is noticeable until the first wash. But, as a quick and easy way, salt has the right to life when nothing else is at the handle.

To whiten kitchen towels with its help, it is necessary first to wash them well and then soak in such a solution:

  • Salt – 3 tablespoons
  • Water – 5 litres

Keep in salt for a short time, and after that, you need to rinse the cloth in clean water slightly. After drying, it will become a little stiff to the touch and noticeably lightened.



But this method is much more effective. He was very popular in the USSR in times of natural scarcity. However, not only the then hostesses used it.

They used everything that can be used for whitening, and all the recipes described below also come from those times.

So, what do you need for whitening with ammonia and peroxide?

  • One tablespoon ammonia
  • Two tablespoons 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 5 litres of water

Dilute the ingredients in hot water, immerse towels there and boil. Then cool and rinse them with cool, clean water.



This lime does not smell very good, just chlorine, but it whitens pretty well.

If suddenly, you do not have ready-made “Whiteness” at hand, then lime for whitewashing is quite capable of replacing it.

The solution is done as follows:

  • 100 grams of chlorine lime
  • 1 litre of water


  • Mix the liquid well
  • Put towels in it and boil a little
  • You can not burn, but hold the fabric for some time in solution

Be sure to rinse the laundry thoroughly after the procedure, at least twice, changing the water.



If you manage to get such an ingredient, or it accidentally fell over (and did not dry!), then you can whiten the towels like this:

  • Two tablespoons silicate adhesive
  • 5 litres of water

Dissolve the glue completely and boil the kitchen textiles in this substance. Then it would help if you rinsed the towels very well. Otherwise, they will be hard and slippery to the touch.



Pine turpentine can be purchased at the pharmacy. The solution is as follows:

  • Three tablespoons turpentine
  • 3 litres of water

Soak towels for 7-8 hours at night, and rinse well in the morning. It is better to dry in the sun.

It is not known precisely what helps more here: turpentine or the sun? Or maybe even a placebo effect works? Maybe so, of course.



Hydroperite whitens not only the hair but also the fabric. Moreover, the brightening effect is quite noticeable. To prepare a working solution, it is necessary:

  • Five hydroperoxide tablets
  • 5 litres of water

You can soak laundry at night, and you can boil, which will further enhance the effect. Then don’t forget to rinse the towels well under running water.

The method, of course, is quite impractical in our time since a pack of ready-made bleach will cost less, and the result is better.



And then the acid comes in. Take what you have at hand; the result will be approximately the same: barely noticeable, warming the soul with environmental friendliness. You will need:

  • 3 litres of water
  • Five aspirin tablets
  • Or juice of 1 lemon
  • Or three tablespoons vinegar

Soak the cloth in the solution at night, and in the morning, rinse cleanly.



Here, too, you can boil in solution and soak. Take these compounds:

  • Three tablespoons soda
  • 3 litres of water
  • Two tablespoons 3% hydrogen peroxide

Stir and apply!



And now let’s talk about which store remedies are the most effective and the least toxic.


Everyone is familiar with “Whiteness”, even those who have never bought it. It is used not only for washing but also for disinfection, and since this tool is still the cheapest and most effective, its smell is impregnated with all public toilets.

If you are not confused by such a post-effect, you can safely use “Whiteness” for towels. Only after application, it will be necessary to rinse the fabric well, preferably with the addition of any air conditioner with a fragrance.

As for toxicity – this bleach is safe, and in its composition, there is nothing particularly harmful to the body. But it can damage the fabric if you exceed the recommended rate and soaking time.

Also, remember that boiling with “Whiteness” is not worth it, as the threads will become too fragile.


Optical bleaches

Now almost no powder for white linen without them can not do. They act not as bleach but as a deception, simply creating the illusion of a snow-white glow.

That’s why it turns out that after you change one powder to another, your underwear abruptly acquires a greyish tone.

I just washed out the paint remaining in the fibres after the last wash, that’s all. And the fabric becomes precisely the same colour as it was; you didn’t notice it.

These dyes are luminescent, capable of absorbing ultraviolet light and turning these invisible rays into visible, that is, longer and lying in the purple and blue part of the solar spectrum.

And, if the first optical bleach was salt, then the second, exactly – the usual bruise! The same effect has green and potassium permanganate. It’s just that these colours absorb yellowness and break the beam. In short, the skill of physics and no fraud.

About the harmfulness can not be said unequivocally. After all, now in powders, add not blue, but anything. And what is the effect of these substances on the body until it is studied.

Moreover, the exact composition of the powder is not always known. Therefore, you can safely use it; there will be no harm. But in any case, you wash only kitchen towels, not bed linen, for the baby.


Oxygen bleaches

The composition of such bleaches necessarily includes sodium percarbonate, a relatively harmless substance that, when interacting with water, breaks down into soda and oxygen.

And the whitening effect is because air bubbles push out old dirt from the fibres. That is, this is not whitening as such, but a thorough washing.

But, if optical impurities are added to these components, they can leave a whitish shade on coloured linen.

And as with optical bleaches, you can never be sure of your composition and reaction to the ingredients. If you are allergic, then the response may or may not be.

So, before you buy a product, look carefully at its composition and read the explanations of incomprehensible words on the Internet, and only after that – instructions on how to whiten towels or other underwear and how this composition is economically profitable. Still, health is the most expensive!

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