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Remedy / Solution to Make the Dirty Sock White.

My kids bring home the socks in their worst condition. I've tried several detergents and bleaching solutions but nothing can make it whiter. Tried soaking them overnight too. Can somebody help. Even want to know how to make the white t-shirt white after they have been soiled. Please help with any tactics you might be using to wash it clean.

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The best solution I found with my granddaughter is to buy large packages of inexpensive socks (cheap) from Walmart. Kids take their shoes off all the time; it's not worth the worry of getting them really clean. Bleach will wear them out quicker and they may be sensitive to it causing them to remove socks and go barefoot. I buy the packages of 12pairs and larger if found.

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You should subscribe to Mercola.com for natural suggestions on cleaning products. I just read an article today that indicates Borax is a great detergent booster for stains and Hydrogen Peroxide is safer than chlorine bleach for disinfecting and whitening as well as lemon juice being a whitener. Good luck.

Hi R.,

I subscribe to a newsletter called Debt-Free living (formerly known as Cheapskate Monthly). One of the items that is well known by the readers is a product called SOILOVE. You can find it at the 99 cent store, it's in a 16 oz. green bottle. Works great! I'm not had it not work on anything I've tried. It works well on colored items as well.

As some of the others suggested....HYDROGEN PEROXIDE works great on getting out stains too. We've used it for years on our carpets (check for colorfastness on dark colors first) for years....whether it was a juice stain, or dirt from a shoe, or our geriatric dogs pee.....the HP eats up proteins and sanitizes as well, and does not leave a residue like most 'detergent' type rug cleaners do. So if you have animals especially, or have a liquid spill, pour a huge mound of salt on it first and let it soak up, then vacuum. Then POUR the hydrogen peroxide into the area and let it get down into the padding to eat away any liquid. HP dissipates because of it's base...so it's not like you are leaving anything behind.

Anyway, putting either product - SOILOVE or HYDROGEN PEROXIDE - in a spray bottle and spraying the socks...should turn out well.

Good luck

always wash your white clothes with cold water and use the tide w/beach clothes soap. If you wash your whites in hot water the hot water will bake the stains in the clothes.

Hope it works for you!

S.

The best solution I found with my granddaughter is to buy large packages of inexpensive socks (cheap) from Walmart. Kids take their shoes off all the time; it's not worth the worry of getting them really clean. Bleach will wear them out quicker and they may be sensitive to it causing them to remove socks and go barefoot. I buy the packages of 12pairs and larger if found.

I heard (on HGTV) that if you disolve an aspirin in a gallon of water and soak your whites, they will be cleaner and brighter. I just heard it this morning so I havent had a chance to try it out!

I just heard something today on the radio...to use Hydrogen Peroxide to make whites brighter, etc. I even use it to clean the carpets as well as eliminate blood stains too because it's great at killing bacteria!
Good luck!

Hey R.,

I use Nature Bright Laundry Booster and it works fabulous on all your whites including socks! In our home we do all we can for our planet, we have eliminated paper napkins and use cloth and it they are always sparkling white. Another great thing is that it is non toxic to your family. Here is the product link if you would like to read up on the product.

http://www.shaklee.net/itsgreen/getclean/ourproducts/index
Check out what Dr. Oz and Oprah have to say about my Get Clean products. http://www.shaklee.net/pws/library/flash/get-clean-oprah-...
Feel free to call me or email if your you have any questions or you can get it from my website www.shaklee.net/itsgreen

Good Luck on your next load of white!

Yolanda

First off, don't sweat it!! :) Second, this works pretty darn well for me, but I don't expect total perfection. In spite of what a previous poster said, I always use the hottest water, and most stain experts recommend hot water for whites.....I use Tide detergent with the hot water and let them soak for at least 1-2 hours, and about 1-2 X's a month I start them right before I go to bed and let them soak all night. They look pretty good when they come out of the dryer! My son plays baseball and our fields have red clay dirt, so that is harder to deal with. When I have time (not every week, believe me) I let them soak the hour or two w/the Tide, then put in a cup of bleach and let them soak 20 minutes w/the bleach and Tide. I always give them a 2nd rinse and use fabric softener when I use bleach. Don't like the smell and the thought of residue on my son's skin. They come out pretty white! I've tried the Tide w/bleach and wasn't overly impressed. I've also tried quite a few other detergents through the years, but none seem to clean my family's clothes as well as Tide. However, my mom swears by Costco's detergent---but no dirty munchkins in her home!!

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