aI love white bed linens, white dishtowels and white shirts, but over time they can begin to look dull, yellowed and stained. Chlorine bleach is an effective whitener -- I actually love the smell of sheets that have been washed with bleach -- but it's rather harsh, both on your fabrics and on your lungs. An alternative is borax. I find that it's good for overall whitening in the laundry cycle.
Did you know that borax is a multi-purpose household cleaner? On the box it states that borax can be used for washing porcelain enamel and fiberglass surfaces in the bathroom, deodorizing trash cans, cleaning carpet spills and stains, treating pet urine and sour milk odors, and more. I've used it to clean the toilet bowl -- just pour 1/4 cup borax in the bowl, swish with a toilet brush and let stand for 30 minutes or overnight.
How do you keep your whites looking bright? Do you use borax as a cleaning tool in your home? Share your tips!