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I just spent the entire day videotaping how to make my miracle whitening formula so that it will work in a front loading washing machine. I love finding old recipes of mine that I haven’t used for a while and tweaking them so they are more current. This mixture of four simple ingredients will whiten and brighten all your whites. One of the best tests for this formula is trying it on bed pillows. Have you ever wondered why your pillows get that yellowish tinge to them? It’s caused by sweat and drool. I know, it’s not a pretty picture, but neither are we when we sleep. We all sweat during the night and that sweat dries and leaves a yellow stain. Why yellow you ask? It’s due to the minerals that our in our bodies. Sweat carries toxins out of your body such as salt and potassium, but it also contains trace amounts of ammonia, uric acid and urea. (Mayo Clinic – How Stuff Works)
Your bed pillows are like big sponges and should be washed twice a year. If you are using a top loading washing machine, fill the washer with the minimum amount of water and add your laundry soap and whitening treatment to the water. Make sure it’s VERY HOT water. Load in either two or four pillows opposite of each other to keep the machine balanced. Once the pillows are in the washer, continue to fill the washer to the maximum water level. If the pillows aren’t covered with water, turn them so that the entire pillow is wet with water and laundry soap solution. Start your washer and stay with the washer just in case it gets out of balance. You want to stop the machine immediately and rearrange the pillows so they will be evening distributed in the washing machine.
If you have a front loading washing machine you are going to use the concentrated recipe below. Place the pillows in the washer and pour the whitening additive into the soap dispenser in the drawer of the machine. Use the setting for a normal wash with very hot water. You also want to use a high setting for the spin cycle.
Place the pillows in the dryer with a few dryer balls. I usually don’t recommend tennis balls as the rubber from the ball heats up and can add fumes to your home. Dryer balls will help the pillows dry faster and come out of the dryer nice and fluffy. Make sure the pillows dry completely. You can also set them in the sun after they come out of the dryer to remove any other possible stains. Sunlight is a great natural laundry whitener.
Miracle Laundry Whitening Formula for a top loading washing machine
¼ cup powdered automatic dish washing detergent
¼ powdered oxygen bleach or liquid chlorine bleach
Dissolve the powdered ingredients in 1/3 cup boiling water (boil in a microwave safe container until it reaches a full boil). Mix in the liquid ingredients and add the entire mixture to the water in the washing machine before placing the pillows in the water. Make sure the entire mixture is evenly distributed in the water. Wash at the hottest water setting and the highest spin cycle. Remove and place the pillows in the dryer with four dryer balls to make them dry faster and come out of the dryer nice and fluffy.
Miracle Laundry Whitening Formula for a front loading washing machine
1 T powdered automatic dish washing detergent
1 T powdered oxygen bleach
1 T borax
Dissolve the powdered ingredients in 1/3 cup boiling water (boil in a microwave safe container until it reaches a full boil). Mix in the liquid ingredients and add the entire mixture into the laundry soap dispenser in the machine. Wash at the hottest water setting and the highest spin cycle. Remove and place the pillows in the dryer with four dryer balls to make them dry faster and come out of the dryer nice and fluffy.