Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh laundry? I’m a little crazy about things smelling good. Have I shared that before? Here are some easy and inexpensive tips for spring fresh laundry all year long.
Anyway, I have a set laundry schedule and I wash towels twice a week. My kids seem to think they should only use a towel once. I figure I’m clean when I come out of the shower so I feel like we can use them for at least a few days. So imagine my horror when my towels started smelling musty and funny. Even after the first use! So I did a little research and came up with a crazy, wild method-that actually works!
Spring Fresh Laundry
Revive Musty Towels (or anything else for that matter)
- Place your clothes in the washing machine and dump a generous amount of baking soda in. About half a regular size box. Nothing else. Just the baking soda. I realize it’s weird.
- In the softener dispenser, place vinegar.
That’s it. Now wash. The baking soda and vinegar reacts like when we show our kids how a “volcano” works and bubbles all that nastiness out of there. No more musty smell. And the towels are fluffier! Who knew? Now we do!
When I’m doing my laundry with detergent, I want it to smell nice. I was all about laundry scent boosters and fabric softeners and dryer sheets. But I started to use essential oils which put me on a path to learning more about wellness overall. And what I learned from a few podcasts (and then some Google searches) was downright scary. I feel like standing in the laundry aisle at the grocery store and telling women (especially those with young children) “Don’t do it! There’s a better way!”
What is so scary?
Fabric softeners and dryer sheets contain many toxic chemicals. Maybe you already know about this. I don’t want to ramble on because I know you all are busy. But if you want to learn more, this post from Thank Your Body is a good one.
If you read the Thank Your Body post, she has a link about why these chemicals are harmful. If you want to jump straight to this information, it is found on World Wire.
So what are some ways to help your laundry smell fabulous-naturally?
Make Your Own Laundry Scent Booster
- This couldn’t be easier. Find a glass jar (I used a mason jar cause they’re so cute! And I got a case on sale from JoAnn’s a few years ago.)
- Fill the jar with Epsom salts and use 20 drops of your favorite essential oils. I made a blend of lavender (10 drops) and lemon (10 drops). It smells like a spa!
- Let dry for a bit with the lid off
- Add about 2 tablespoons into each load of laundry. Or, as I do, just dump a bit in.
- Sit in your laundry room with a book and inhale that wonderful smell!
Make Your Own Dryer Sheets
- Again. Easy. Cut up some old fabric like a cotton pillowcase. Use pinking shears so it won’t fray. I have about 20 squares.
- Grab a glass container. You’ll see this time I used a glass Ziploc container.
- Add vinegar and about 16-20 drops of your favorite essential oils. I used lemon and lavender again so the scent would match my Epsom salt scent booster. (You figured I had to be particular, right?)
- Soak the fabric squares. When it’s time to use them, simply squeeze out the excess fluid and toss in the dryer. I use about 10 per load.
Make Your Own Laundry Balls
I have already written a how-to post. It’s easy, economical and green. You can add essential oils to the dryer balls as well for a scent boost.
Make Your Own Detergent
I’ve written a how-to post about this as well. It seems like it would be time consuming but it’s really not. I promise.
I hope these recipes help make laundry a little less of drudgery and a bit more fun. Which recipe are you going to try first?
Enjoy your Spring Fresh Laundry!