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Airing my dirty laundry. The first post in a week-long series

This week I’m going to do a series on laundry.  I know, I sure like to tackle the sexy topics, huh?

Ugh, laundry.  The pile of torture that plagues all families in this country.  But did you know that it doesn’t have to be a struggle and something that haunts your dreams?  It’s true!  Between clothes, sheets, cloth diapers, and misc., we do 1 load of laundry a day.  And yet, I spend maybe 15-20 min a day tackling it.  So much better than leaving it all for the weekend and taking up your free downtime.

So, to kick off my series series, I bring you the cheapest and easiest laundry tip of all.  Make sure you have a pen and paper handy because you’ll want to write it down.  Ready?

1) buy a Downy Ball
2) fill it about 2/3 full with cheap white vinegar (3 gallons for $4 from Costco)
3) drop in washing machine and walk away

Ok, I guess that didn’t require you to get a pen and paper.  Anyone with a short-term memory equivalent to a gnat should be able to remember that. 

Cheap, white vinegar is truly a miracle worker!  I use it in my homemade cleaning supplies and it’s fabulous in any type of laundry.  In laundry it acts as a odor neutralizer and a bit of a fabric softener.  The smell WILL wash out during the rinse.  I promise that you won’t walk around wearing clothes that make you smell like you’re in a Massengill ad.

I used to adore fabric softener, but once I realized what it was doing to my clothes, the environment, and my pocketbook, I quickly looked for an alternative.  Now, if I can smell it on someones clothes, I wonder what allure it ever held for me; it’s SO strong.

We never use anti-static products, and yet I don’t have a problem with clingy clothes inappropriately riding up my back or sticking unflatteringly to my buthigh (the horrible part of every woman’s body where their butt meets their thigh).

So give vinegar in the Downy Ball a chance and see how it works for you!

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5 comments on “Airing my dirty laundry. The first post in a week-long series”

  1. We just got a huge bag of hand me downs for my oldest daughter from one of her friends (SCORE!) and they clearly use Bounce with Fabreeze like it’s going out of style. I love the free clothes but, no joke, I can smell the fabric softener in my daughter’s HAIR, and that’s after a heavy duty wash with vinegar in the rinse. I used to love that smell, now I can’t stand it.

  2. Laura,

    We’re in the same boat with some hand me downs. I can’t pass up free clothes, but it does take a while to get the scent out!

    Have you ever tried BioKleen’s Bac Out? We use it on our cloth diapers and it works like a charm. When you 1st get “scented” clothes, do a cold rinse. Then, squirt some Bac Out in to the washer and do a hot soak overnight (w/a top loader, let the washer fill up, agitate a bit, and then open the lid). Then another cold rinse.

    Bac Out rocks my world. It is made from lime peels so you only smell lime and it does NOT linger on the clothes. You can get it from most grocery stores, or Amazon.

  3. Interesting idea. I’ve got a washer with a little dish that dumps the liquid fabric softener in it. I bought liquid fabric softener for alittle while after I bought the washer. Between the cost and the fact that I couldn’t tell the difference, I stopped. Wonder what would happen if I put vinegar in the lttle dish.

  4. Very timely post! When folding Parker’s laundry, there is so much static I’m pretty sure I could restart someone’s heart just by rubbing his fleece footy pajama’s together!

  5. Just found your blog today & love it. I try to hang my clothes out in the nicer weather & I do hang some in the laundry room year round. My tip is that I use dryer balls in my dryer. I haven’t used fabric softener for years (either liquid or dryer sheets). Dryer balls work great to keep stuff fluffed and I have never had an issue with static (only if I have over dried something…then I add some water into a ball an pop it back in for about 10-15 minutes on air dry)