As I tossed and turned, I noticed that my sheets smelled so fresh and clean…and I thought of you and how I had to share my laundry tips and tricks with you.
I want you to know that switching to a safer laundry detergent, and using vinegar as a fabric softener in the washing machine doesn’t sacrifice that fresh, clean scent. And, that you won’t miss anything by switching to dryer balls. (Dryer balls actually cut down on drying time.)
Laundry Tips and Tricks: How to Get Fresh Smelling Laundry with Natural Products
- pour a 1/2 cap of Thieves laundry soap to the water
- add 1/2 cup white vinegar to the rinse dispenser
That’s all you need! Unless your washing whites, then I add a few more steps.
How to Wash Whites
Start with the steps above, then:
- pretreat dingy areas like the collar or the underarm part of sleeves with stain remover
- pour a 1/2 cap of hydrogen peroxide in the bleach dispenser. (This is your whitener and replaces bleach.)
- add about 20 drops of lemon essential oil to the water to brighten your whites
- Sprinkle a few drops of your favorite essential oil on two to three wool dryer balls. (I like lavender for sheets and clothes, and lemon for bath towels, kitchen linens.)
- Put the dryer balls in the dryer and set your drier time as usual.
I’ve never had a problem with static cling and my clothes smell very fresh. I’m also starting to line dry more of my clothes, both indoors and outside.
Laundry Tips and Tricks – How to Remove Tough Laundry Stains
Most stains come out by pretreating the stain with laundry detergent. But, for the tougher stains, I turn to other methods.
My daughter, 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.
I have plenty of white vinegar which I prefer over acetone anyway.
How to Remove Nail Polish from Clothing
Whether you’re using acetone nail polish remover or white vinegar:
- Place the garment over an absorbent towel and blot with a cloth dipped in vinegar.
- Do this continuously and then rinse.
- Repeat if necessary.
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. Unfortunately, I know how she feels. Without fail, I spill food on my shirt every. single. time. I eat. I also manage to get oil or grease splattered on my shirt when I cook.
How to Remove Cooking or Vegetable Oil from Clothing
This is the way I do it.
- First, blot as much of the oil or grease as possible.
- Next, presoak it with Dawn dish liquid.
- Then, wash the clothing as usual.
This works for me, every time.