Friday, April 17, 2009

Get Your Towels Scruffy To Fluffy & More Laundry Tips & Hints



When you Spring Clean your linen closet, don't throw out your scruffy towels until you try this trick. Its like getting brand new towels!

HOW TO GET YOUR SCRUFFY TOWELS FRESH AND FLUFFY AGAIN!

STOP USING ADDITIVES

Additives like fabric softener promise to improve the texture of your laundry, but often has the opposite effect. Additives build up in the thick terry cloth, weighing the threads down. This leads to less absorbent, crusty towels. Additives can be used periodically when your towels need a boost, but are counter-productive when used on a regular basis.


WHITE VINEGAR IN THE RINSE

Adding white vinegar to the rinse cycle will break down and remove chemical build up in towels. As your towels reach the rinse cycle, add 1/2 cup white vinegar to the wash. Residual vinegar odor is unlikely, but can be removed by rewashing the towels without detergent or chemicals.
REPEAT AS NEEDED

If the condition of your towels is improved, but not totally restored with one wash, repeat the process each time you wash your towels.

You should use white vinegar in your rinse cycle every few weeks to keep your towels soft and free of chemical build up.

SAVE MONEY WHEN DOING LAUNDRY

Do laundry during off hours like the early morning or late night. Check with your utility company to find out when that is.

Don’t overdo the detergent. If you find a lot of lint on your laundry, it’s a sign that you are using too much laundry detergent.

Set the washer for cold-water rinses to use less energy. You are using laundry detergent soap for washing, so you do not need hot water to kill germs. Liquid detergent does dissolve better in cold water.

Put up a clothesline. Your clothes will actually last longer because the dryer can’t wear down the fibers and the sunlight actually kills many odor-causing bacteria. And you will no longer have to spend money on laundry products that add “freshness”.

Use dish washing liquid for hand washables, then hang them on a portable clothes line in your bathtub. (These clothes lines can be bought at home improvement stores and have a line that retracts when you are not using it.)

Use your dishwasher to wash small items, such as children’s fiber lunch pails and sponges.

EXTEND YOU LAUNDRY SOAP FOR EVEN MORE SAVINGS!
Pre treat any stains with Spray and Wash or other favorite stain pre treament. Start your load of laundry. Use the cold water setting to save energy costs.
Add 2 tablespoons of your favorite liquid laundry soap plus 2 tablespoons of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (appx. 2.00 a box)(NOT BAKING SODA) and 2 tablespoons of ammonia. A coffee scoop is the perfect measuring device.
That’s it! You will save tons of money on laundry soap. This recipe makes your expensive liquid laundry soap last and last! Your clothes will hold their color better. They come out just as clean if not cleaner than just using the straight measuring cup of liquid laundry soap.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: NEVER MIX BLEACH WITH AMMONIA OR VINEGAR…REALLY NEVER MIX BLEACH WITH ANYTHING!!!

3 comments:

  1. I never knew lint was from too much detergent! You learn something new every day!

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  2. There is a bunch of great info in this article Dawn! Thanks! Especially the vinegar idea with the towels!!!

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  3. Does this work on front loaders too?

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