There are so, so many things that we can do to increase our wellness but one of the best ways to start is our laundry!
Follow along with these tips and tricks we’ve compiled to help you have the best, cleanest, nicest clothing you can.
But also: cleaner clothes mean a safer, healthier house, too!
Okay, bear with us here for a second. Your washer needs washed, too.
How well can it really be cleaning your clothes if it’s got mold and mildew in it?
Next time, before you throw your clothes in, do a quick wash with just these ingredients:
Run the washer like you normally would/with cold water.
This will get your washing machine all squeaky clean and fresh!
If you’re like me, your mother and grandmother gave you the impression that you have to wash in warm or hot water.
But the best thing for your clothes to keep their color, get nice and clean, and to help save the environment is to wash everything in cold water. Whites can handle the warm but we recommend only using warm or hot if you’re washing ALL whites.
There are so many better options that aren’t super bad for the environment.
Dryer sheets don’t do very much to reduce odor, they’re mostly for static reduction, and mostly unnecessary and just bad for your carbon footprint.
Instead, consider a wool dryer ball that you can reuse each time and add essential oils to as well.
You can also just throw a little ball of tin foil in there. This will reduce the static from the electricity, keep your clothes crisp, and can be used for 1-2 months.
To be honest, until I saw a Tiktok about this, I never even KNEW I had one of these on my washing machine.
And it needs cleaned, friends.
On the front of your washer is a little box on the bottom right hand corner.
When you open it up, it should look like this (picture on the right). It’s going to smell and look disgusting.
You might even find some socks you assumed were sacrificed to the laundry gods in there!
Clean that out with baking soda and peroxide, maybe some distilled white vinegar, and feel better about how clean your house is.
If your laundry detergent cap has been through it and needs a good wash, rinsing it in the sink would be less effective.
Toss it in the washer with some clothes and enjoy your brand new looking cap!
If your clothes are taking forever to dry, first make sure your hose isn’t clogged as it can cause a house fire.
Then, instead of a second dry cycle, throw in a clean, dry towel to speed up the dry. Your clothes will dry so much faster.
I do this every time!
Save an egg carton and save your lint to make little fire starters for camping, bonfires, or your indoor fireplace.
Who knew a bonfire could smell like Tide Ultra?
As I mentioned, I swear my socks get sacrificed to laundry gods or something.
A good trick to prevent losing socks is putting them in mesh bags in the washer and dryer!
I use the same one that is supposed to be for delicates but you can also use a little mesh grocery bag. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
If you only have a few hand wash items, delicates, or just a bunch of masks, don’t do a whole load just for those!
Use a salad spinner!
Throw your items in there with some castile soap or laundry detergent, baking powder, and vinegar and call it good!
My dad is a runner and we’ve made him start doing this one.
When you or your gym-going family members come back from the gym, their icky nasty clothes do not go on the laundry room floor.
Store the stinkiest clothes in an airtight container until you have enough for a full load.
While they’re sitting there, throw some baking soda in the bin to start the deodorizing process.
There’s only so much Tide Sport can do, you know?
Keep em in one of these bad boys, you can choose ones that go with your laundry room theme, and then pull them out with some tongs when you’re ready! This one is from Walmart but any airtight container will work.
If you want a bonus tip, we also have him keep his gym clothes in that bin in the garage so they don’t stink up the house!
Let us know if you try out any of these tips or any others from our blog!
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