One of the best tips I have is line drying your clothes. Hanging your clothes on the line not only gives them a nice clean scent, but also saves the wear and tear on electric dryers, and saves energy! It will also help your clothes to last longer. Many people don’t like to hang their clothes on the line because they don’t feel very soft after they are dried. Did you know you can add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your load and your dried clothes will be much softer. Hanging clothes on the line is also a great way to diminish stains. The sun has a natural whitening power which will help diminish stains. I just love the way sheets smell after hanging in the sun all day!clothes drying, prudent living

Have you ever tried making your own dryer sheets? Using a piece of old cloth or a cotton rag or even an old cloth diaper ad 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Throw the cloth in the dryer. Don’t use more than 5 drops or you may stain your clothes! Try mixing essential oils to get just the scent you enjoy: rosemary and thyme or lavender and chamomile for example.

There are also several recipes of making your own fabric softener. These are used in the washing machine and are much cheaper than store bought fabric softeners. In a large plastic container with a tight fitting lid, add 4 cups of water or 2 cups of baking soda. Then add 2 cups of vinegar (add slowly as the mixture will foam). Use ¼ cup to ½ cup per load.Give a boost to your laundry with baking soda.

The easiest fabric softener is just adding 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle as mentioned above. Want some fragrance to your clothes? Take your gallon jug of vinegar and add 25 drops of lavender essential oil to it.Vinegar and essential oil

What are your favorite tips for doing your laundry? I remember the days well when I never seemed to get ahead of the laundry with four children under the roof. Now with just my husband and I it is much more manageable!

 

10 comments on “Laundry Tips

Margy on June 20, 2016 1:42 am

I remember when I lived in a house (vs our condo and float cabin) that I had a clothes line in the back yard where I could hang my clothes. I didn’t have a dryer, only a washing machine. But I do remember the wonderful smell my sheets had when they were dry. I have fond memories of helping my grandmother hang her clothes on the line. My mouth became a third hand to hold the clothespins so I could get more done quicker.

Nancy Wolff on June 20, 2016 12:01 pm

Margy,
I love your memories! 🙂

ColleenB.~Texas on June 20, 2016 1:11 pm

My mom always hung her clothes on the line. She never owned a dryer and we used an old wringer type washing machine back in the day. In the winter we had lines up in the basement and would hang our clothes up there. Growing up in Iowa, if we hung our clothes up outside in the winter they would be as stiff as a board.
To this day, I haven’t owned a dryer probably for 30 years.

Nancy Wolff on June 20, 2016 11:23 pm

Colleen,
That is awesome! I love to hang our clothes outside and I even purchased an inside clothes line to use inside in the winter, but I haven’t given up my dryer yet!

June on June 23, 2016 1:27 pm

Found your blog through the Simple Homestead Hop. Thanks for sharing your tip on vinegar in the rinse cycle. I’m going to add some of my fragrance from my soap making supplies and see what I think! Have you put the vinegar one of those Downy balls at the beginning of the cycle? Was curious if it would work the same. I’ve got 4 children in the house so my machine seems to be running all day!

Nancy Wolff on June 23, 2016 10:42 pm

June, I have never tried those Downy balls befor but I would think they would work!

Mandy on June 23, 2016 2:37 pm

As a military family moving around the globe constantly, you’ve just named two of the most important things I do with my laundry. The vinegar (which replaces fabric softener) also ensures that the lingering smell that the washers often have when coming out of storage, or having sat in a base house for a while unused, is gone after one wash. I often meet new people because someone tells them to find me and ask what I do to fix the problem, and there is always much hilarity when directions to our quarters include driving until you see the ONLY house that has laundry lines. I love laundry day!

Nancy Wolff on June 23, 2016 10:40 pm

Mandy, I too love laundry day, nothing better than sheets fresh from the line!

Sandra on June 29, 2016 4:25 pm

I love hanging clothes on a line. I am still waiting for a nice clothesline….
Dryer balls work great instead of the dryer sheets and softeners, when you have to use the dryer.

Nancy Wolff on June 29, 2016 8:10 pm

My clothesline works but my grandmother-in-law had a wonderful clothes lines, I wish I’d taken it when her house was sold! 🙂

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