laundry tips: getting a fresh scent naturally and removing tough stains

or the past two nights as I tossed and turned, I noticed that my sheets smelled so fresh and clean…and I thought of y’all and how I had to share my laundry tips and tricks with you.

I think you should know that using vinegar as a fabric softener in the washing machine and switching from dryer sheets to dryer balls doesn’t sacrifice that fresh, clean scent.

Now, I will say that I do still use Arm & Hammer liquid laundry detergent, but it’s for sensitive skin and claims to be perfume free.   The label doesn’t read “Mountain Air” or “Spring Fresh”, so I’ll take them at their word.

I also add some Borax to the water to soften it…we have very hard water in these parts.

Tip for fresh smelling laundry:

~1/2 cup Borax

~Arm & Hammer laundry detergent

~1/2 cup white vinegar added to the rinse dispenser

One of these days, I’ll try making my own laundry detergent, but for now I feel like Arm & Hammer is close enough.

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And I have some stain removal tips for you today.

Last night Hannah had a catastrophe of astronomical proportions if you’re a teenager.  She spilled nail polish all over her brand new, worn for the first-time jeans.  We rushed to google for help, and all the suggestions said the same thing; blot with acetone nail polish remover.  Well, as luck would have it, she had just used the last of it.  My girl was panic-stricken.

While she went to find solace in a long, hot shower, I remembered the stain removal sheet that I tore out of a Family Circle magazine years ago.  Sure enough it had instructions for removing nail polish from fabric.  Their first recommendation was of course acetone, but if that fails, plan b is what else?  White vinegar. 

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I have plenty of white vinegar.

How to Remove Nail Polish from Clothing

Whether you’re using acetone nail polish remover or white vinegar:

1. Place the garment over an absorbent towel and blot.

2.  Do this continuously and then rinse.

3.  Repeat if necessary.


Find Laundry Tips for Getting that Fresh Scent naturally and Removing Tough Stains at Mrs. Hines'  Class

The vinegar worked on her shirt, which also got a little polish on it, but it didn’t work quite as well on her jeans.

Hannah went to bed so disappointed.  And I know how she feels…

Without fail, I spill sauces and condiments on my shirt…every. single. time.  I also manage to get oil or grease splattered on my shirt every time I cook.

Y’all, I only have 3 t-shirts that I wear around the house.

How to Remove Cooking or Vegetable Oil from Clothing

1.  Remove as much of the stain as possible with a dull knife.

2.  Apply a laundry presoak and allow to sit for several minutes

3.  If the stain remains, try using a liquid enzyme detergent to apply to the stain

4.  Wash in the warmest water possible for the fabric.



*I’ve included an affiliate link to Amazon for the dryer balls.  I make a teeny tiny commission on any purchase you make through that link, at no additional cost to you.

I’ve also seen these balls for a little cheaper at TJ Maxx.  ( That’s where I got mine.)


Happy laundering and I’ll see you in class,


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  1. I love this post, Sharon! I’m moving to a more natural, less chemical home! I’ll be buying my large bottle of vinegar tomorrow when I go grocery shopping! I already use Borax… we have hard water too. Thanks so much for a wonderful post!

  2. Yvonne, your words are so encouraging and uplifting…just what I needed at this very moment. I’m so glad you like the post.

  3. Sharon, I have t-shirts and sweatshirts that I have designated as my “cooking shirts!” They are already stained and splattered, etc. After a while, they become paint shirts! Love your laundry tips and I’m going to put some vinegar in my wash today. I love Arm and Hammer, too, but I use the Fresh Scent version. Sharing your post on google+ today. 🙂

  4. I love the idea of cooking shirts! I have paint shirts…but I like that your shirts progress from cooking to paint shirts. Now I have a plan! And thank you for the share!!

  5. Cynthia Christensen says:

    Sooooo…..did you know, if oil or grease splashes on your clothes….just spot clean with Dawn. Wash in regular laundry cycle and …..viola! Clean. Like magic. Who knew?♥

  6. Thanks for that great tip, Cynthia! I’ve used Dawn on carpet stains ( combined with hydrogen peroxide) and it worked really well. I also use it in a homemade granite cleaner. Dawn is definitely a must in cleaning supplies.

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