My daughter’s softball season is ending. And if your kids play sports, you know how grateful I will be, with all the extra time I’m about to have, not having to do laundry daily, especially the dirty socks.
These dirty socks, pictured above, came home in a separate bag, after she ‘slid’ to second base. Thank goodness she slid with her feet first and not her head. I’d have bigger problems then.
Since I no longer use bleach, I had to figure out how ‘on earth’ I was going to wash these so she can go out there, and do it all over again. Lucky me.
I remember one of you, emailing and asking me how to clean your kids dirty socks and I told you, ‘I’m going to post about it, when I have some dirty socks to wash.” Well, finally, you’ll get your answer. Lucky you.
How to whiten dirty socks without bleach
- 1/2 gal of luke warm water
- 1 Tbsp of Liquid Laundry Detergent (I keep a small plant based Ecōs detergent for cases like this.)
- 1 Tbsp Washing Soda
- 1 Tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) (This affiliate link to Amazon will give you a page of all types of HP. I use 3% and the prices vary. But since I use so much of it, I buy them by cases. It’s so much cheaper.)
- Juice from one lemon
- A wash basin or bucket
- Shake off the dirt from the socks as much as you can. It works best if wash immediately after the socks were soiled.
- Wash the socks in plain water to wash away the dirt as much as you can.
- In a bucket or basin, pour about gallon of luke warm water.
- Add all the ingredients and mix to dissolve the powder ingredients well.
- Immerse the socks in the solution, making sure it’s completely submerged.
- Soak the socks overnight. I left these socks for two days (I forgot about them.) Hydrogen peroxide work with time so longer it has to work on the stain, the better.
- This is how it looked after one day. So I left the socks back in the detergent solution one more night. See all that dirt that washed away from the socks? And heyyyy, how did those anklets sneak in??
I am also going to use this method for my dingy white towels. I will have to tweak the formula a bit to be able to use for a large load but you get the idea for the ingredients.
If you don’t want to use bleach, hydrogen peroxide is your go-to whitener. Just be careful when you are handling it as it will whiten your dark clothes.