The joy you get from a brand new, crisp white shirt or just washed bed linen that looks as fresh as it smells. Yet over time your laundry can start to look a little dull and in need of some TLC.
You might think your clothes are past their best and wonder if it would be better to buy some new pieces for your wardrobe. But what if we told you there was a way you could give your clothes a new lease of life, which would be a lot cheaper than having to buy a whole new clothing collection. (Don’t get me wrong, I don’t need an excuse to go shopping, but I also love having a new cleaning solution too!).
Thankfully on the market now you can buy laundry whiteners that will retain the brightness in your favourite white blouse or your fluffy white towels. Before we give you some of the best laundry whiteners available to buy today, let’s look a little further into what they are all about.
Dr Beckmann Glowhite Fabric Whitener
Quantity: 2 packs of 5 sachets
Kicking off our list is the Glowhite Fabric Whitener from Dr Beckmann. You get two packs for your money with each containing five sachets. Each sachet gives you enough powder for one wash. They are simple to use – you just load your washing machine with your dirty laundry and put the sachet on top of the clothes at the back of the drum. Add your preferred washing detergent and begin your cycle.
There is no need for measuring because the porous sachets easily lets the powder pass through. Just remember to remove the empty sachet from your washer and dispose of it sensibly.
You will be able to keep your costs down when running your washing machine because these sachets can be used on a lower temperature, meaning you will be using less hot water.
Dr Beckmann’s Glowhite will help your whites stay white, prevent greying of older clothes and preserve your new clothes so you can wash and wear them over and over without them fading or discolouring.
Best Overall Product
At a reasonable price and with some great reviews, we recommend you consider Dr Beckmann’s Glowhite Fabric Whitener as one of the top on your list.
It’s a brilliant product that will give you pleasure in doing the laundry again, especially when you see how bright your favourite t-shirt comes out.
Fabric Magic Mighty White
Quantity: 12 sheets per box
Fabric Magic Mighty White come in easy-to-use sheets. These are perfect for even the laziest of cleaners! Simply pop one sheet in your washing machine with your laundry and use your washing gel, powder, or pod as your normally would. It really is that simple. No measuring or worrying whether you’ve got the correct dose, could anything really be any easier?
You get 12 sheets per pack and for the low price of these that is brilliant value for money. They work as a stain remover, as well as a whitener – lifting the stains from your laundry will leave you with brighter looking clothes that will last you a lot longer.
They are safe to use in every wash and enhance your clothes by restoring their brightness and allowing them to look like new, there will be no discolouring, yellow patches from deodorant will be a thing of the past.
Most Convenient Option
If your clothes aren’t ready for the scrap heap just yet and you want a cheap alternative to buying a whole new wardrobe, or maybe you just cannot bear the thought of not wearing your favourite white tee anymore, then let the Magic Mighty sheets help you out.
At this price they are an absolute steal!
Vanish Miracle Serum
Quantity: Pack of 3
Something a little bit different now, although from a well-known brand. Vanish have been making stain removing products since 1983 and they are now sold in over 60 countries. They have really made a name for themselves, and a lot of people consider it to be the most well-known stain removal brand.
So, let’s take a closer look at their Miracle Serum. You get 3 bottles for your money – giving you one shot of serum per bottle.
Again, this is another easy product to use. Load your washing machine with your dull looking items (Vanish recommend up to 6 items of clothing) and then empty the complete bottle of serum into the drawer and start your cycle. It is worth noting that it is recommended to use a longer cycle of more than 2 hours.
Working best on cotton, synthetics, silk, wool, bed linen and towels you really will revive the dullest of laundry and extend the life of your most favourite items.
Trusted Brand For Peace Of Mind
I can honestly say that I have not come across a whitener in the form of a serum before now but with such a popular household name and at a price that is around the middle mark for 3 bottles, we were impressed.
Another great product from a trusted brand – we think you will be just as impressed.
Molly’s Suds Natural Oxygen Whitener
Quantity: Load sizes may vary
Next up we have chosen a product that will be useful to people who have sensitive skin or allergies, as well as those who would rather use a more eco friendly whitener.
Molly’s Suds was founded by Monica Leonard after the sad loss of her daughter Molly. Since then, the company have strived to create products that are as natural and safe as possible to use on families with even the most delicate skin and needs.
The whitener comes in a powder form making it easy to use – simply add 1-3 scoops to your laundry and start your cycle. It is recommended that you use a very warm or hot cycle to get the most out of the formula. You can also soak your garments in the whitener if you have particularly stubborn stains and you can even make a paste using a little water added to the powder. Rub this into your stained clothes before popping it in the washer to lift tough stains.
Your laundry will look bright once again, getting rid of the dull greyness that can appear over time.
All this can be done without worrying about toxins or harmful chemicals and Molly’s Suds even suggest that you can use it as a cleaner for around your home too.
It uses just four ingredients – Sodium Percarbonate, Sodium carbonate, Citric Acid, and pure lemon essential oil. Please note that the citric acid works with the essential oil and will only give off a faint scent.
However you choose to you it, this whitener will care for your family’s skin and needs. With this being the most expensive whitener on our list, we still think for the purpose of being a safe and bleach alternative product it is worth a spot on your shortlist.
Great Choice For Sensitive Skin
With such a touching story behind their foundation and having safety at the forefront, Molly’s Suds are a wonderful product giving you peace of mind and reassurance when washing your laundry.
Knowing your skin is protected as well as your clothes being given a new lease of life, we wholeheartedly recommend this product.
HG Whiter Than White
Scent: baby blossom, Linen, Original
Quantity: 6 washes per tub
HG Whiter than White gives us another powder form whitener here. Again, it is simple to use and thanks to the lid doubling up as a measuring cap, you know just how much to put in to get the perfect results – just add 80ml to the detergent drawer of your washing machine.
This whitener is ideal for white towels, t-shirts, and those dreaded white school shirts that somehow seem to attract stains and start to look dull or yellowish around the collar after a few wears.
After one wash you will notice how your laundry looks brighter and cleaner thanks to the special formula within HG’s powder.
You can also use the powder for washing your garments by hand – fill the cap to 25ml and dissolve in 5l of warm water, leave your clothes to soak in there for 2 hours and then rinse twice.
It is recommended to wash your clothes on a 40 or 60° cycle and although you do not need to add detergent to your load, you can add fabric conditioner if you wish.
Hand Or Machine Wash Options
HG give us another brilliant product and if you want the choice of using the powder in your washing machine or for hand washing then this one is ideal for you.
Sitting at the lower end of the price scale, this whitener really is such a useful product to have in your cleaning cupboard.
What are laundry whiteners?
Laundry whiteners are additions to your normal wash that come in sachets, pods, liquids, and sheets. It is so easy to use them, and the results are quite surprising.
How do I use laundry whiteners?
Thanks to their properties you can give your laundry a deep clean which will lift any dirt, grime, and stains from clothes. All these things give your clothes a grey or yellow tinge, so by removing these your garments will look like new when you take them out of the washing machine.
You either pop the product into your detergent drawer or straight into the drum with your laundry. If you are unsure then the directions will always be given on the packaging.
What are the benefits of using a laundry whitener?
- A new lease of life for your clothes – instead of throwing out your clothes, try a laundry whitener to bring your dull whites back to life
- Stain removal – the laundry whitener will work deep into your clothes to remove stains, unveiling your once white garments
- Easy to use – because you can simply pop them into your washing machine with your normal load, there is no need to worry about adding another complicated cleaning regime to your routine
- Lots of choice – there are a lot of options to choose from nowadays which is ideal for those who have sensitive skin or want to use something a little more eco friendly
Here at Washing Check we do enjoy giving you a vast amount of cleaning knowledge and some of the best products on today’s market to enable you to get the most out of your cleaning habits and help to put a little joy back into the housework – yes, it is possible! So, onto our top 5 of the best laundry whiteners on the UK market.
With people throwing away tonnes of clothes each year and most of them ending up in landfills, we really could think about being more friendly to the environment and also our bank balance by not discarding our clothes that could otherwise be given a little TLC and a new lease of life.
Brightening up our clothes using laundry whitener is a great way to preserve our favourite outfits, as well as towels and bed sheets. With a selection of powders, serums, and sheets to choose from, along with a varied price range, there will definitely be something for every household on our list to help keep your whites white.
Meet our reviewer – Michelle Vernon
Michelle is one of the lead writers at Washing Check and also holds an editor role. She is a busy parent who understands the needs of daily domestic life and the challenges it can bring.
She genuinely loves cleaning products and equipment, which although is quite strange to many, is a blessing to us here at Washing Check.