How to make white socks white again
If I didn't know better I'd think my boys run around school all day without shoes. Every day I send them off with pristine white socks and every afternoon they come skidding through the door with socks that look like they've been through a war zone. Encrusted with dirt, sand, leaves and grass, they're stiff with sweat and virtually walk their way to the laundry basket. Well, they would if the little blighters didn't kick them off anywhere they felt like it.
But the thing is, I have a thing about their socks being super white. Not white with a hint of grey but that bluey, gotta wear sunnies white that make them look as if I just ripped the price tag off. Call me strange, tell me I have too much time on my hands if you will but white socks have got to be white. Which is why I have a Friday night ritual where I make White Sock Soup. While I wouldn't recommend you drink the resulting stock it does keep their socks white and me happy. Try it and you'll feel like you're starring in your own laundry commercial in no time. Here's the recipe ...
You will need:
- 1/4 cup (60g) soap flakes
- 1/2 lemon
How to make White Sock Soup
Add the soap flakes to a large saucepan with the lemon. Keep the lemon whole - no need to squeeze the juice.
Next add the manky socks and enough water to cover.
Bring to the boil then turn down the heat to a simmer for a couple of minutes.
Drain and marvel at the colour of the water before washing as normal. Hello white socks!
This article was written by Ruth Devine for Kidspot, New Zealand's leading parenting resource.