Getting the White Towels White

Now that we have a new master bathroom with ice white tile walls our white towels look distinctly grey.

In the ice white shower our white towels look discolored.
In the ice white shower our white towels look discolored.

So I did a little research on the internet only to find I’m not the only one with this problem.

I use vinegar for a lot of cleaning dilemmas.
I use vinegar for a lot of cleaning dilemmas.

And there are numerous suggestions for its alleviation.  I decided to try the two-step method of first washing the towels in hot water with a cup of vinegar added, no laundry detergent.

I ran the towels through a regular cycle twice.
I ran the towels through a regular cycle twice.

The second step is to again wash the towels in hot water this time adding half a cup of Borax and half a cup of baking soda, also no detergent.  I put these additives in the detergent dispenser of the washing machine.

The white towels are still looking dingy.
The white towels are still looking dingy.

The towels look about the same to me so I’m on to the next suggestion.

Do you have a secret recipe for keeping whites white?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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