How to make linens and clothes white again in the wash: Carolina McCauley

An Aussie cleaning queen has shared her ultimate laundry tip to keep whites white in the wash.

Carolina McCauley, from Perth, showed how to make her homemade ‘laundry bleaching blocks’, which she claims will keep her white clothes and bed linen looking like new.

The organized mom uses a mixture of baking soda, borax, oxy-bleach and water to make the blocks that she puts in the machine with her whites in place of detergent and stain remover.

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Cleaning queen Carolina McCauley (pictured) shared how she keeps her whites white through a wash cycle using her homemade laundry blocks

The mom of two uses a mixture of baking soda, borax, bleach and water to make the blocks which she then puts in the machine with her whites instead of detergent and stain remover.

The mom of two uses a mixture of baking soda, borax, bleach and water to make the blocks which she then puts in the machine with her whites instead of detergent and stain remover.

In a bowl, Carolina adds a cup of baking soda with a cup of borax which is a type of salt used to clean and remove stains, along with half a cup of oxy or oxygenated bleach, a effective whitener used in many washing powders.

She then slowly adds water to the powder and mixes until it has a consistency similar to wet sand.

Carolina packs the lye solution into a silicone mold or ice cube tray and lets them dry.

In a bowl, Carolina adds a cup of baking soda with a cup of borax which is a type of salt used to clean and remove stains, along with half a cup of oxy or oxygenated bleach, a effective whitener used in many washing powders.

The home guru then slowly adds water to the powder and mixes until it has a consistency similar to wet sand.

In a bowl, Carolina mixes one cup of baking soda, one cup of borax and half a cup of bleach then slowly adds water until the solution has a consistency similar to wet sand.

Carolina wraps the lye solution in a silicone mold or ice cube tray and lets them dry

Carolina wraps the lye solution in a silicone mold or ice cube tray and lets them dry

She makes sure to store the blocks in a dry place and puts them in the drum of the machine every time she does a wash of whites.

“This wonder block will replace your detergent and stain remover,” she wrote in the clip posted to her popular social media pages.

Hundreds of Carolina’s 2.6 million subscribers were amazed by the simple recipe they said they “can’t wait to try”.

She makes sure to store the blocks in a dry place and puts them in the drum of the machine every time she washes whites.

Hundreds of Carolina's 2.6 million subscribers have been amazed by the simple recipe they've been said to

She makes sure to store the blocks in a dry place and puts them in the drum of the machine every time she washes whites.

Is borax safe to use at home?

What is borax?

Borax (also called boron, sodium borate or sodium tetraborate) is a naturally occurring mineral.

The compound has several uses, although it is most commonly found in multi-purpose cleaners, cosmetics, and homemade slime. Borax has powerful antifungal properties.

Is borax safe?

Although it is a natural substance, borax is not 100% safe. If you are accidentally exposed to it, it can cause skin irritation, respiratory problems, and eye problems.

It is particularly harmful/toxic if ingested or inhaled. If you have kids or pets at home, be sure to keep the borax somewhere they can’t reach it. Also, be sure to wear rubber gloves when handling borax, especially if you have open wounds or broken skin.

Borax is banned in the UK as a “potentially harmful” substance, but its sale is legal in Australia. However, it is only legal to sell borax as household cleaners or pesticides; borax as a food additive is banned in the AU.

What is borax used for?

The number one use for borax is household cleaning. Many companies make borax-based cleaning products such as surface sprays, dish soap, and laundry detergents.

Use borax as an ant killer or for general pest control, or as a water softening agent. Its antifungal properties also make it an excellent choice for treating mold or fungal infections in humans.

Other uses for borax include in enamel glazes, as a ceramic component, coating for cured meats, and even as an emulsifier or preservative in cosmetics such as moisturizers, scrubs, and shampoos.

Source: bhg.com.au

Another asked what temperature is best to use for white clothes and linens and Carolina recommended a cold wash.

Previously, another cleaning pro shared his tips and tricks for bleaching laundry to keep whites bright and stain-free.

Dina Santos, from Brisbane, has revealed her little-known trick of adding salt and baking soda to each load of white sheets or clothes in a video posted on his popular Instagram page.

The in-house stylist also recommended not overloading the drum and putting the whites on a hot wash so they come out as fresh and clean as ever.

Brisbane mum Dina Santos has revealed her secrets to keeping sheets white and clothes fresh using two little-known ingredients you probably have in the closet by now

Brisbane mum Dina Santos has revealed her secrets to keeping sheets white and clothes fresh using two little-known ingredients you probably have in the closet by now

In a video posted to Instagram, the in-house stylist recommended not overloading the drum

Dina said to make sure to put washing liquids or powder in the correct compartment of the detergent drawer according to the machine's instructions.

In a video posted on Instagram, the house stylist recommended not overloading the drum and making sure to put liquid or powder detergents in the right compartments.

“Add two heaping teaspoons of baking soda and two of salt flakes (I swear ladies, it works wonders and your whites come out beautifully),” the mother-of-two suggested.

“Put all your whites in the wash compartment making sure you never overload,” she wrote in the clip.

Dina said to make sure to put washing liquids or powder in the correct compartment of the detergent drawer according to the machine’s instructions.

She used a laundry pod and scent boosters that go right in the drum with her bedding.

“Add two heaping teaspoons of baking soda and two of salt flakes (I swear ladies, it works wonders and your whites come out beautifully),” the mother-of-two suggested.

She then adds two tablespoons each to the laundry drawer of salt and baking soda.

Dina said the little-known ingredients

She then adds her “magic” ingredients, two tablespoons of salt and baking soda which she says “work wonders and bring out your whites beautifully.”

The clever mum-of-two then suggested selecting a hot water temperature and putting on a cycle as usual to keep your white looking fresh

The clever mum-of-two then suggested selecting a hot water temperature and putting on a cycle as usual to keep your white looking fresh

Dina said adding “magic” salt and baking soda to the detergent drawer “works wonders” on her whites.

“Then choose a warm temperature setting and wash as usual.”

Dina’s clip has racked up thousands of views and hundreds of comments from many of her grateful followers for sharing the clever hacks.

“This is such fabulous advice. I can’t wait to try it,” wrote cleaning queen Mama Mila.

“Baking soda is so good,” one fan replied while another said, “I’ll have to try this one!” I have never used salt before”.

“Ohhh, I’m so bad at overloading,” admitted a third.