It’s laundry day, and you just realized that you don’t have any bleach on hand. You know your standard laundry detergent isn’t going to cut it for all those stained shirts and socks, but you don’t feel like going all the way to the store. Or maybe you just don’t want to use bleach because it’s a harsh chemical, but you need a way to brighten up your white clothes. Well, not to worry. We recently stumbled upon a quick laundry hack that will help you get your whites as bright as ever — no bleach necessary. In fact, all you need is some aspirin.
Using Aspirin in Your Laundry
Chances are you’ve already got a bottle of aspirin in your medicine cabinet. If you do, you’re in luck, because it’s actually the only thing you really need to give your white clothes that clean, fresh look.
Whether your whites are super stained or they’re just starting to look gray and dingey, these tiny magic pills can help you restore the sparkle. The process of using them to whiten laundry might take a little longer, but the results are totally worth it.
To do it, dissolve five aspirin tablets in two gallons of hot water. Place your white clothes in the mixture to soak, and allow them to sit overnight. In the morning, place your clothes in the washing machine, and add three more tablets to the wash. For really stubborn stains, you can also make your own aspirin paste by crushing two aspirin tablets, adding a few drops of water, and mixing together. Then, apply the aspirin paste directly to the stains, place your clothes in the washing machine, and run your wash as usual. Voilà! You’re laundry is as white as ever.
Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to use aspirin for whitening your clothes.
Fascinated by this new hack? You’ll never believe some of these other household uses for aspirin — they’ll make your life so much easier!
Here’s to a clean, happy home.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First for Women.