There is nothing better than the scent of a freshly laundered sheets, or toweling off with a clean, heavenly smelling bath towel after a long day. We all live in dread of towels that sour in the wash, clothes that come out dull and dingy, stains that won’t disappear, and bright colors that lose their hue within a wash or two. Never mind the dreaded terror of static cling that leaves socks sticking to your shirts and your hair literally standing on end! While most people don’t love laundry day, almost everyone loves laundry that has been washed appropriately and clothes that look and smell fabulous. People spend a lot of money chasing the elusive combination of detergents and fabric softeners, but the answers might me much more simple than they think. There are three laundry mistakes that nearly everyone makes at some point – some of you are probably making all three mistakes!
Three Laundry Mistakes You’re Probably Making
- Too many clothes in the washer at once
- Too much detergent
- Too much Fabric Softener
We get it – nobody wants to spend all day doing laundry. But packing too many clothes into a load is a recipe for disaster – in fact, you may as well not even wash the clothes. There is no room for them to agitate freely in the water or be rinsed off, so they are likely going to come out of the washer looking and smelling the same way they went in. Instead, try literally reducing your load size by half. You will be amazed at how much cleaner your clothes are.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking the more detergent the better! In fact, the opposite is true. Try using about as third as much detergent as you normally use – this will allow your clothes to be washed but without extra suds that can be difficult to remove and can actually break down fabric. Remember, your load size is less now, and the amount of detergent you use should be, too.
Use very little fabric softener or ditch it completely! It can leave a heavy residue on clothes that can even stain them. Instead of fabric softener, try using 1 cup of white vinegar in your rinse cycle. It will eliminate residue, leave your washing machine sparkling clean, and your clothes extra soft! Best of all, the vinegar smell will dissipate after the clothes are dry, and you will be left with simple freshness.
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