The Best Way to Freshen Towels in the Laundry

Do you sometimes notice a musty odor on your towels? It’s not your imagination.  This happens because there is a build up of detergent and fabric softener on the towels.

When detergent and fabric softener build up on the towels, it reduces its absorbency, and the towels become stiff. They also turn smelly when wet.

The Best Way to Freshen Towels in the Laundry

The Best Way to Freshen Towels in the Laundry

Here is the best way to freshen towels in the laundry:

  • Wash the towels in hot water and add 1/2-1 cup of distilled white vinegar to the water-no detergent.
  • Wash the towels a second time in hot water and add 1/2-1 cup of baking soda-no detergent.
  • Dry them with dryer balls or 1/2 dryer sheet to avoid static cling.
  • The next time you wash the towels, add 1/2 cup of vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser, and add detergent to the water as usual.

These steps will remove the build-up of detergent and fabric softener, and will make the towels soft and fluffy like they were when you purchased them!

Give it a try and let me know if this tip works for you!

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Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

I previously posted about the different ways I clean with the Magic Eraser. Well, today I am going to talk about some effective ways to use vinegar to clean your home.

Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

Use Vinegar to Clean Your Home

If you have vinegar in your house, there’s no need to buy expensive products to clean your home. Vinegar is natural and economical, and when combined with water or baking soda, it can clean most surfaces in your home.

Distilled white vinegar kills mold, germs, and bacteria naturally without harsh chemicals.

Here are a few ways I use vinegar to keep my house clean and germ free:

  • Fill a spray bottle with half vinegar and half water and use it to deodorize the air after cooking smelly foods. The room will smell of vinegar for a few minutes and then will be odor-free. ( I have multiple bottles around the house for cleaning other items.)
  • Clean the garbage disposal by pouring 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain. Let sit for 5 minutes, then run hot water down the disposal.
  • Spray and wipe the top of the refrigerator to clean the sticky grime that accumulates there.
  • If dishes get white marks on them from the dishwasher, spray and wipe clean.
  • Spray the trash can each night to avoid odors.
  • Clean dishwasher by pouring a cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher and running it on the hottest setting.
  • Get rid of fruit flies by setting out a small dish of undiluted vinegar.
  • Spray and wipe to kill germs in the bathroom.
  • Mix with water to clean mirrors.
  • Spray on shower glass doors after you squeegee it. It stops hard water from sticking to the glass.
  • Clean the toilet bowl by pouring in 1 cup and letting it sit overnight. Scrub then flush.
  • Clean fireplace glass doors with 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water. Spray and wipe dry.
  • Clean sticky scissors with a cloth dipped in vinegar.

These are just a few of the ways I use distilled white vinegar to clean my home.

Remember, if you decide to clean your home with vinegar, you will no longer need to purchase expensive, harmful cleaners, and that will be easier on your wallet!

How do you use vinegar to clean your home? I’d like to know! 🙂

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5 Simple Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult if you’re spending most of the night sneezing, sniffling or wheezing. Consider these 5 simple ways to allergy-proof your bedroom during allergy season.

5 simple ways to allergy-proof your bedroom

5 Simple Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom

  1. Add a ceiling fan to the room will help keep the air circulating. Just make sure you dust it regularly or you’ll be circulating dust throughout the room.
  2. Get rid of carpet and installing hardwood floors will eliminate dirt and dust getting trapped in the fibers and hardwood is easier to keep clean.
  3. Install wooden blinds instead of curtains for the same reasons as hardwood floors: curtains trap dust and wood is easier to clean.
  4. Add an air purifier to the room. An air purifier can help remove dust, pollen and smoke that may be circulating in the air and causing allergic reactions.
  5. Use plastic bins to store items and avoid fabric ones that can trap dust.

In addition to those tips to allergy-proof your bedroom, here are 5 cleaning tips to keep dust and mold at bay.

  1. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Vacuum upholstery and curtains.
  2. Dust walls and ceiling fans often.
  3. Move furniture monthly and vacuum under and behind it.
  4. Dust with a microfiber cloth instead of a duster which can throw dust around.
  5. Wash bed sheets every week in hot water.

Hopefully these tips can help you get a handle on removing allergens from your bedroom and allow you and your family to breathe easier during allergy season! 🙂

Feel free to comment with any tips you may have to allergy-proof your bedroom or home.

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