Homemade Bluing Recipe For Laundry Whitening

I'm looking for a recipe to make my own bluing to use in the laundry. My grandmother always used it in the second rinse tub and it kept the whites such a brilliant white. I've started making my own detergent from this site and love it, but want that added boost to the brightness. Thanks, Mary

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  1. Mary,
    I am new to this site and don’t know which recipe you use for laundry soap. So I was wondering if you use Borax in your soap. I do and it seems to really help.

  2. I’ve never heard of making bluing. I bought mine at Wal-mart or Kroger for $2-$3 or so. The directions say to use “up to 1/4 teaspoon” in 1 quart of water then you mix with the other water in the machine. A small bottle could last practically forever this way.

    I have started washing my dishtowels separately from my other clothes so I can try to get them cleaner and whiter. I have a small trashcan between my washer and dryer, and hang damp towels on the outside to dry. I’ve been washing them in hot water and using borax, bleach, detergent, AND bluing. They are whiter. It seems to be a good combination, and I haven’t noticed any problems with fumes. I wondered at first if those chemicals were safe to mix, but it seems to be fine.

    • Most bluing contains ammonia. Mixed with bleach, ammonia, produces highly toxic chloramine vapors. Perhaps you are not using enough of either to produce large amounts of the fumes, but do take care – you are producing some! Bluing should not be done in the same wash cycle as bleaching.

  3. I am a Beautician. I learned years ago how to use normal kitchen items to do wonders on your hair. The blueing question reminded me, if you have very light or gray hair and it is yellowing, dilute Mrs. Wright’s, or use your own then shampoo your hair and pour the diluted bluing over your hair and the yellow will go away/ Same as a jar of good old mayo. it makes a wonderful treatment for damaged and dry hair. Just rub in lots of mayo, cover your hair with some plastic wrap so you will get some heat, let it stay on for 30 minutes and then RINSE ONLY. and you will have beautifully soft and managable hair. I have lots of old kitchen ideas for beautiful hair.

  4. So where is the recipe for making bluing? The link to make bluing brought me here but no content.

    • The Hillbilly Housewife says:

      Hi Rowdy,
      This is an “I’m Looking For Requests” segment. The writer is looking for a recipe for bluing. If you read through the comments you may find some helpful tips.

      If anyone has an actual bluing recipe, please be sure to post it here, as well as in the recipe section if you like. Thank you!