5 Tips: Dirty Laundry

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Laundry is something we all have to do. My husband, daughter, and I came home from a camping trip last weekend, and between the musty wet smells, campfire smells, and sweat smells, our clothes STINK! I took a day to get these clothes clean and wanted to share some tips I’ve been using to make them fresh again.

  1. Spray Dirty Clothes with White Vinegar

White vinegar will absorb odor. So if you are changing out of clothes that you know are stinky and don’t have time to wash them right away, spray them with white vinegar. I keep some in a glass spray bottle so it’s ready for me to use at anytime!

  1. Use Borax

Borax helps remove dirt, softens hard water, neutralizes odors, and helps whiten. We wear a lot of clothing similar to Nike’s Dri-FIT material that is comfortable, lightweight, and soaks up sweat. However, as the material wicks up the sweat, it is also absorbing all the smells that comes along with it. I couldn’t get the smell out with my regular laundry detergent, but once I used Borax, our clothes no longer smelled and the fabric actually seemed thinner. We didn’t realize there was so much dirt in there!

  1. Use Baking Soda

If you don’t think Borax is necessary for your laundry, use baking soda for an extra boost. Baking soda is usually something we all have on hand and is great for whitening, deodorizing, cleaning, and softening water. Add some to your wash cycle and you won’t regret it!

  1. Use White Vinegar During Rinse Cycle

Use white vinegar during the rinse cycle in your washer if you want to get rid of any musty smells. I mostly do this when I wash towels because as they soak up moisture they gather the most musty smells in our house. Also, white vinegar is fantastic at removing lint too!

  1. Only Use Half a Dryer Sheet

Dryer sheets are useful for reducing static in your clothes, but cutting them in half will save you money and work just as well. When I buy a box of dryer sheets, I cut them in half right away so they’re ready for me to use!

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I hope these laundry tips help you keep your clothes smelling fresh and clean! Do you have any laundry tips? Please share them down below!

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