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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit, you will get whiter whites without chlorine bleach or any other toxic materials.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
   - Maybe use a pair of white things that are equally dingy (socks? two white shirts?), wash them both, then do your white treatment on one to show an improvement

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following with pictures (or a video < 2 mins long):
   - before cleaning the whites
   - show what you're cleaning the whites with
   - progress of cleaning the whites
   - finished cleaning the whites (must look noticeably whiter than they were before)
   - report on the cleaners/methods you used
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Taking a stab at this one. I used lemon juice and line drying in the sun. I juiced two lemons and used those instead of detergent in the washing machine. We have a side loader, I added the lemon juice directly into the drum, on top of the clothes before starting it. I see a noticeable difference between the t-shirts, but not on the underwear. Perhaps it's because the underwear was made of natural undyed cotton and was never truly white? Unknown. I'll be switching to doing laundry by hand once I get a good tub and the local horse chestnuts are back in season (great for soap).
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before, two white t-shirts and two pairs of underwear. I washed one of each on the left, along with other white things that needed washing.
before, two white t-shirts and two pairs of underwear. I washed one of each on the left, along with other white things that needed washing.
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The lemon juicing process. I juiced two lemons, filtered out the pulp and seeds with cloth shown. About a half cup of lemon juice.
The lemon juicing process. I juiced two lemons, filtered out the pulp and seeds with cloth shown. About a half cup of lemon juice.
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The wash in process.
The wash in process.
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hung up to dry, t-shirt and underwear in front.
hung up to dry, t-shirt and underwear in front.
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Sunlight for 4 hours or so in the afternoon.
Sunlight for 4 hours or so in the afternoon.
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Finished product. T-shirt looks noticeably whiter.
Finished product. T-shirt looks noticeably whiter.
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My last badge bit for my first sand badge . . . Woohoo!

I picked a large sheet towel and a small Japanese onsen towel. Both were clean but had picked up grub that hadn’t come out in the normal wash.

I followed Clean & Green method for whitening yellowed whites. I used:

1 large tote
3 tablespoons of salt
3 table spoons of citric acid
1 jar of hot water
Sunshine

I stirred the salt and acid into the water. I folded the items in the tote and poured on the solution to steep.
After 20 minutes, I hung both items out on the line in full sun. They received at least 3 hours of sun on each side.
I’m pretty please with the results. The bath sheet still has a little discolouration in the middle, so I will repeat the process after it’s next wash.
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So apparently I don't own much for white clothing! The socks and tank top are practically brand new so I used two rags to show a difference in whiteness.

Start:


Making a citric acid wash with lime juice and salt:


Rubbing with actual limes:


Sun bleaching (I was told that the snow help reflect more UV?):



Finished. I didn't notice much for the shirt or socks but for sure the rags!

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Nothing says “opportunity for a bb” like toddler pee on the couch. White couch predates parenthood—I’m reckless, but not that reckless. Anyway. Washed both cushion covers in the regular wash, then hung the “untreated” one to dry inside. The “treated” one got a wash with hydrogen peroxide and a day in the sun and came out much whiter!
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Original state
Original state
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In the washer with peroxide
In the washer with peroxide
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Sunning!
Sunning!
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Treated and untreated!
Treated and untreated!
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I do not own many truly white textiles. So this dish towel will have to do. I used lemon juice, warm water, and hydrogen peroxide, for about an hour soak. Then I put in the sun for roughly 3 hours each side.

I will say I did not get the BLAMO whiteness increase I was hoping for, however, it did a great job removing some black smudge stains that were prolific on the towel. I can see a whiteness increase, but I think I need to revisit the formula down the road.
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Before the treatment, notice the black marks all over the towel.
Before the treatment, notice the black marks all over the towel.
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Ingredients
Ingredients
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Warm water
Warm water
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Soaking
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Hour sun bath
Hour sun bath
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Final result. Notice the decreased amount of black stains.
Final result. Notice the decreased amount of black stains.
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Ok so I correcting the error I made from my first submission, using a white shirt I was able to find from my old work bag. I used the exact same system as last time, hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice, with hot water. I put the shirt in the solution and let it soak for an hour. Then I let sit in the sun for roughly 2 hours each side. Results: shirt came out extremely white and the stains were removed!
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Lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide
Lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide
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Water
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Shirt before wash.
Shirt before wash.
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In the solution you go!
In the solution you go!
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After treatment. So white!
After treatment. So white!
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I got a whiter white with lemon juice, salt, and sunshine! I was really amazed by these results. Both the dress I treated and the "control group" white T-shirt were 100% cotton. The dress was dingy, arm-pit stained, and rust-spotted. I hand-washed it and the T-shirt with bar-form dish soap, using rinse water from a previous load of laundry to save on water. Then, I hung the T-shirt to dry and soaked the dress with some other stained garments in cool water, the juice of three lemons, and a bunch of salt. I rubbed the most visible stains with the juiced lemons, then left it to soak for about 45 more minutes. Then I put it in the sun for three or four hours. Voila! The dress was a brighter white, and many of the stains disappeared completely, with only a few faint spots remaining. (The bonus garments were still badly stained, but they were worse off to begin with and I am not too disappointed about it.)
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Comparison
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It was so fun to hand wash these whites and to go through the whole process. I'm not sure what exactly I expected, but I was surprised and excited  when I saw the difference in the shirt. I had tried to spot treat it with another method and had put it through the wash twice, and it hadn't done any good, but a few lemons, salt, and several hours in the sun later and here we are!
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Whew! Long day, but I have treated this undershirt and slip with a half cup of hydrogen peroxide twice and it is out drying in the sun.
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Untreated
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My handy-dandy germ-killer
My handy-dandy germ-killer
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In the sink. Treatment in process
In the sink. Treatment in process
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All done, now the sun and wind to the rest.
All done, now the sun and wind to the rest.
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I honestly did not expect this to work as well as it did! I used 2/3 cup of lemon juice and ~3 tbsp salt and soaked with hot water for 30 minutes, then wrang dry and rubbed/squeezed a bit more lemon juice directly on the more stained parts before hanging up in the sun. ~2 hours each side in the sun, but I would have preferred more. I hung them outside again the next day, but I don't think it made a huge difference.
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soaking in lemon juice, salt, and hot water
soaking in lemon juice, salt, and hot water
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more lemon!
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- before cleaning the whites
  - show what you're cleaning the whites with
  - progress of cleaning the whites
  - finished cleaning the whites (must look noticeably whiter than they were before)
  - report on the cleaners/methods you used


- before cleaning the whites
  - show what you're cleaning the whites with
  - progress of cleaning the whites
  - finished cleaning the whites (must look noticeably whiter than they were before)
  - report on the cleaners/methods you used

I decided to do this one "experiment" style.

I took an old but clean white cloth and compared it with a new white envelope for color.

I split the cloth into 3 equal pieces, and soaked each in a different whitening solution:

Hot water & Hydrogen Peroxide
Hot water & White Vinegar
Hot water & Lemon Juice

Soaked for 20 minutes, then rinsed thoroughly and dried.

Compared dried cloth with the same white envelope.   What do you think?    In person it looks like LEMON JUICE was the winner.  

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Original strips with whiteners and white envelope
Original strips with whiteners and white envelope
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Soaking in respective hot water solutions for 20 mins
Soaking in respective hot water solutions for 20 mins
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drying!
drying!
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Finished whites with same envelope..
Finished whites with same envelope..
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another "finished" angle
another "finished" angle
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I have to say I'm blown away by how effective this was. I was not expecting it to work so well.

My undershirts were experiencing some severe yellowing. It seemed like a good opportunity to try out this technique.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - Maybe use a pair of white things that are equally dingy (socks? two white shirts?), wash them both, then do your white treatment on one to show an improvement

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide proof of the following with pictures (or a video < 2 mins long):
  - before cleaning the whites (Picture 1 and 8)
  - show what you're cleaning the whites with (Pictures 2, 3, and 4)
  - progress of cleaning the whites (Pictures 4, 5, 6, and 7)
  - finished cleaning the whites (must look noticeably whiter than they were before) (Picture 9)
  - report on the cleaners/methods you used (Shimanto Bushukan citrus juice and sea salt)

These are my six undershirts. I used the whiter whites without bleach method on #3 and #5.
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I cut some citrus from my garden in half and juiced them.
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I applied the citrus juice and salt directly onto the articles in a wash basin.
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Then I added some water and agitated them.
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Then I simply added them to our normal laundry load.

They soaked up UV rays in the sun for only 4 hours or so and came back much whiter.
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Before and After
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Note: I'm sure they are much whiter to the naked eye but your camera seems to have white balanced the pics and it's hard to see any difference.  Please try again, maybe with a "standard" white background in both pics to compare them to (paper, envelope, wall, sheet, etc)

 
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I'm curious here whether Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) should be considered a toxic material? It's a confusing case as it is toxic to living tissues and cells, hence the strict controls on the concentration/dilution available to purchase, but it reacts quickly to produce water (H2O) and oxygen (O) which are both essential for life.

I notice that Bethany and Heather have used it for this BB so it appears that is is acceptable. I think it fails the edible cleaners test though!
 
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There's actually edible hydrogen peroxide (the stuff you buy in the store has aditives that are not edible, but you can buy hydrogen peroxide is free from it, like), and it's food-grade.

Here's the stuff I bought: Essential Oxygen Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide 3%, Natural Cleaner, Refill, 32 Fl Oz

food grade hydrogen peroxide

It's also mentioned as a cleaner in Raven Ranson's Clean with Cleaners You Can Eat book, and Paul wrote the forward for that book, so I'm going to assume it has the Paul Stamp of Approval.
 
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I'm dismayed that, since I stopped using bleach, my white towels are slowly turning grey. :-/ In this bb, I used 3 different methods for whitening them back up. First, the two towels, no special work. "Before." The towel on the right got my normal wash with oxyclean. The left towel was soaked in lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide. Not impressed. I then soaked it in washing soda and vinegar. Still not impressed. So I hung it on the back of a chair in the sun. It ate the finish off my chair and stained the towel brown! Ug! Then, I tried hydrogen peroxide mixed with dawn dish soap to remove the brown stain and washed it normally. Finally, its a smidge whiter. I'm not a fan of natural whitening.
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2 plain towels
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soaking once
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nothing different
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soaking and washing with stain-remover treatment
soaking and washing with stain-remover treatment
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the new, brown stain
the new, brown stain
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a teensy bit whiter
a teensy bit whiter
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