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!
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.
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.
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!