Everybody loves the fresh and clean feeling of slipping in between sheets that have just come out of the dryer or pulling on a warm pair of socks, but how can you make your washing smell fantastic straight out of the machine as well? Getting great smelling laundry doesn’t require a whole lot of chemicals or expensive detergents – there are plenty of ways you can add fragrances and scents to your washing without incurring a lot of extra costs or using abrasive cleaners.
Creating Your Own Laundry Detergent
There are plenty of recipes out there for making your own laundry detergent. It’s affordable, it’s easy and it’s a great way to get the washing done – but what if you’re looking for a little bit more from your washing machine?
Homemade detergent is simple enough. The basic ingredients that you need are bar soap, borax and washing soda. Variations depend on whether you want a liquid, powder or gel. To spice things up you might want to consider including lavender essence oil.
Lavender Essence Oil
Lavender is an absolute favorite among most people looking for a pleasant smelling laundry detergent. It isn’t overwhelming and it’s a natural smell. With just 5 – 6 drops you can scent more than sixty loads of washing too.
You don’t have to stick with lavender. Plenty of essential oils can be used to give your laundry a new scent whenever you feel like it! They won’t damage your clothing, can be added to any homemade laundry detergent and are available at home and craft stores everywhere.
Dry Using The Line Instead of The Dryer
We all love the convenience of having a dryer, but if you want really great smelling laundry without the use of fragrances or specialized detergents, the best thing that you can do is dry outside! Fresh air and the warm sun do wonders to eliminate odors, musk and the smell of the inside of your dryer. If it’s a nice day or you’re enjoying the warmer months during the year, opt to hang your clothes up instead of bundling them in the machine – you’ll save time ironing too!
Get your laundry smelling its best with ease and for less money using these two handy tips. Make your own laundry detergent instead of buying name brands and let your clothes get some sun! There’s nothing better than lighting up all of your senses next time you pull on your favorite shirt or pair of jeans.
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