Are there any other healthy and natural recommendations for whitening and controlling microorganisms in the wash without using bleach or other harsh chemicals?

Healthy, natural alternatives to whiten and remove tough stains

  • Oxygen bleach (Eg. Oxiclean®) 
  • Apply 3% hydrogen peroxide to the stain, followed with white vinegar solution or vice versa. (Note: please do not mix the two ingredients together in the same container. Some studies indicate that it may release harmful by-product).
  • Baking soda - 1/2 cup of baking soda. Baking soda can help whiten and deodorize. 
  • Borax, also known as sodium borate, a natural mineral compound. Mix 1/4 cup borax with 2 cups water. 
  • Enzymatic Stain Remover Concentrate® - an 8 oz bottle makes 1 gallon of regular strength stain remover.

Healthy, natural alternatives to control germs

  • The hydrogen peroxide recipe stated above also works for killing germs. It can also be used to disinfect hard surfaces.