Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 5 mins

I love Jerry Baker's helpful tips and household recipes, and here's another from his book. Dirty white socks will come clean as a whistle if you try this:


  1. Boil water with the (sliced or quartered) lemon.
  2. Add socks.
  3. Boil for a couple of minutes, then wash as usual.
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I admit I was skeptical when I tried this. I used this treatment on 4 socks at various stages of dirtiness, boiling them for 5 minutes. I put safety pins on them, and then washed a batch of socks. After they were done, we compared the treated socks and the untreated socks. There was no visible difference.

Ms*Bindy June 29, 2007