Help me get white clothes white without bleach
My husband works from home, and my children home school. So, it is like constant weekend around the house. Clothes are dropped in the hampers all the time, and I do laundry each day.
I am allergic to regular brands of detergent and get rashes.
Coffee is dripped, or juice spills are common on a lot of white T shirts, which my males prefer to use.
I pre wash everything in cool water first, and I have tried using cool water soaks/pre-wash with diluted washing soda, I have tried using cool water with Dr. Bronners, etc. I am concerned about Charlies soap also. But I am trying that now. Some stains are removed, but others remain. I can not use a stain stick either as it creates rashes. I have used hydrogen peroxide in the wash water, and also got a rashes.
After prewash in cool water, I then launder in hot water.
Any ideas? How do Europeans wash whites ? Is it a temperature of hot water thing? I have heard that French women's washing machines produce very very hot water, and their whites come out cleaner. Thanks !