There are some excellent uses for lemon juice in laundry. Check out these 3 suggestions, but as always, test an inconspicuous spot before treating the entire stain. Lemon juice will pull the color out of some fabrics, so these tips are most effective on whites. If you don’t have any fresh lemons to squeeze, bottled lemon juice works just as well.
1. Lemon juice as a bleach alternative
We all want our whites to come out of the wash as white as new. To accomplish this, most people turn to bleach. Bleach does work, and I love the smell of bleached towels fresh out of the dryer, however, the harsh chemical is not good for sensitive skin types, and bleach deteriorates material over time. The citric acid in lemons breaks down heavy soils creating a brighter, whiter article after washing. Also, the scent is refreshing and clean as opposed to the lingering odor of just climbing out of a swimming pool.
2. Lemon juice as a stain remover
Another amazing use for lemon juice is as a stain removal agent for those tough yellowing underarm area. Over time, deodorant and perspiration leave a yellowing effect on our most loved white shirts. A simple paste made of baking soda and lemon juice will treat these problem areas. Lay the shirt out on a work space, apply the paste to the affected area, and gently scrub the area with a brush (I use an old toothbrush for added control).
Wait approximately 10 minutes, rinse and repeat if necessary , then wash as directed. Old stains may take a few tries before you start to see a difference in the reduction of the yellowing. If you are not seeing the desired results, apply the mixture and place in direct sunlight until dry. Rinse, and wash as usual.
3. Lemon juice as a mold treatment
Mold is a pesty, smelly problem. If there is no presence of black dot mold, and just an odor, you can fix this issue by adding a cup of white vinegar to the washing machine and re wash as normal. That should take care of the issue. However, if you have black dot mold, it may be a little trickier to deal with. Just as above, it is best to make a paste out of lemon juice, but this time you will use salt. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt and using an old toothbrush again, dabbing the mixture into each black dot mold spore you see.
Let this combination dry in the sun, and wash as directed. Two pointers here though. Do NOT put the garment in the dryer if the black mold is still present. Try the process over until the spots are gone. Another important point, is that the lemon juice may effect the color on garments, and the direct sunlight will fade to fabric as well. Use caution when attempting this trick and use your best judgement on whether you are willing to take the risk.
I have shared just the 3 most beneficial uses of lemon juice in my opinion. There are many other ways you can use lemon juice in the laundry capacity and I will touch on some of the others in a separate post. As always, please use caution when trying these techniques on any colored fabrics other than white. I have had luck with colored materials, but I have also been unlucky. Just use caution when trying any of these methods on a colored garment.