Hack Your Laundry With These 5 Products That Promise Whiter, Brighter Clothes

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* Watch your whites get whiter
* Safe for all types of washing machines
* Use as a pre-soak or throw directly into the wash

We love a good life hack and when it comes to doing the laundry, the less time spent removing stains or trying to get whites their brightest, the better.

Below are some basic household laundry products that promise whiter and brighter clothes, with minimal treatment time and are all bleach-free. The most unique product is a 120+-year-old, lesser known ‘bluing’ product that, according to The Spruce, improves the brightness of white fabrics by simply adding a blue pigment that counteracts the natural yellowing that occurs during regular laundering. It gets more interesting in that the eye then perceives the nearly undetectable amount of blue and sees the fabric as whiter.

If that sounds a bit too complicated, we have also sourced your favorite and familiar drug and grocery store and Amazon available products that you already know and love.

1. Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing

Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing might not be familiar to most but it has been whitening clothes safely for over 120 years. This simple, concentrated blue liquid optically whitens white fabric by adding microscopic blue particles to the fabric, giving your clothes that “just bought” whiteness. Interestingly, this product uses the concept that most color experts explain that “blue-white is the most intense white” and this process of “bluing” whites has been used by manufacturers of sheets, towels, linens along with shirt makers and other white apparel to make their white goods acceptable to their customer. Mrs. Stewart’s Bluing is nontoxic, biodegradable, non-hazardous and environmentally friendly.

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2. Oxi Clean White Revive

OxiClean White Revive Laundry Stain Remover Power Paks work with your detergent to brighten and whiten clothing. This chlorine-free formula is color safe and has 40% more whitening power per load than chlorine bleach. Great for colorfast fabrics mostly (except most delicates and/or dry clean only fabrics) simply add a pak to every load of laundry or dissolve a pak in water to pre-soak for extra dirty clothes and watch your dingy whites become brighter and the stains fade away. These paks also work in both standard and HE washing machines.

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3. Resolve Gold Oxi-Action Laundry Stain Remover

The Resolve Gold Oxi-Action Laundry Stain Remover for whites is a powerful and fast acting gel that works instantly against dried-on dirt and grime. Use it to pre-treat or soak garments, or with your normal detergent, this Oxi boosted formula gives results in just 30 seconds. Suitable for both colors and white fabrics, Resolve Gold will not cause damage or fade whites, just pre-treat your clothes and toss in the laundry as usual.

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4. Spray ‘n Wash Max Whites

Spray ‘n Wash Max Whites Laundry Stain Remover contains Resolve Power to remove even the most set-in stains. Max Whites has been optimized for use on white fabrics only and functions as a treatment spray prior to starting your laundry. To get out even the most basic of stains, simply spray directly onto the stain soaking the fabric through, rub Spray ‘n Wash into the garment, wait up to five minutes, depending on the severity of stain then wash accordingly. Spray ‘n Wash works with all types of detergents and all kinds of washing machines.

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5. Summit Brands Out White Brite Laundry Whitener

Out White Brite Laundry Whitener brightens and removes stains caused by iron and other water impurities better and has been proven safer than most bleach and oxi-based products. Ideal for the removal and elimination of stubborn red clay or red dirt stains, it also works great on white sports uniforms, reverses unfortunate color bleeds and even helps brighten iron-fortified baby formula stains on the clothes. Safe for use on all colorfast fabrics including delicates, simply pre-soak for tough stains on white fabrics for about 20 minutes or use as a laundry booster for brighter whites.

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