6 Laundry Secrets That Will Save You Time, Money, and Sanity

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Laundry can be a chore. We've been there. We've done our homework, and we're here to make your life easier.

There are so many small things that make doing the laundry easier. If you've never heard of these before, then you're going to love them.

Here are our top 6 laundry secrets no one is telling you (Number 5 may surprise you!)

1. White vinegar is the best fabric softener

White vinegar is the best fabric softener. It's all-natural, it softens clothes and as an added bonus, it can also be used to clean your home and brighten up your whites.

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First, let's talk about the benefits of white vinegar:

  • It's a natural fabric softener because of its acidity level

  • It cleans your clothes naturally by breaking down detergent residue

  • Helps remove stains due to its antibacterial properties

  • Disinfects because of those same antibacterial properties (think: preventing odors); deodorizes because of these same antibacterial properties (think: preventing smells)

  • Brightens fabrics like towels and bath mats with repeated washings in hot water after adding 1 cup each time you do laundry until desired brightness is achieved

2. Use less detergent

Use less detergent than the recommended amount. If you’re not following this rule, you may be wasting money and hurting your clothes. Many people think that unless they use a specific amount of detergent, their clothes will never come out clean. That’s simply not true!

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A lot of times I see people using 2-3 tablespoons of detergent (when they should really only need 1 tablespoon) because they think it will help them get more dirt out of their clothing. But in reality, overdoing it can cause more harm than good: too much soap can leave behind residue on clothing—which makes your clothes feel stiff and dingy—and can even affect the way other items interact with each other after being washed together.

3. Use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets

Dryer balls are made of natural materials, such as wool or cotton. They are a great alternative to dryer sheets, because they soften your clothing and reduce static cling by absorbing excess lint in the tumble compartment of your washer and releasing it back into the air during drying. This process also reduces drying time by up to 25%.

Dryer balls can be used in both front-loading and top-loading dryers, but if you have a front-loader, try not to put them too close together or they may interfere with each other's movement within the drum. Generally speaking though, there is no reason why you shouldn't be using these little guys — so go ahead!

4. It's cheaper to use cold water when washing most types of clothing

The secret that no one is telling you? It's cheaper to use cold water when washing most types of clothing.

The exceptions are jeans, towels and other heavy duty items. In those cases, warm or hot water will get the clothes cleaner in less time.

Use cold water for dark-colored clothes because it will preserve color longer than warm or hot temperatures will do. Use cold water on white clothes because it helps prevent stains from setting into the fabric and helps keep them bright (warm temps encourage yellowing).

And if money is tight (or energy bills are high), go with iced over hot every time!

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5. Don’t use essential oils in the dryer

Aromatherapy is a fun and fascinating way to add some fragrance to your life. Unfortunately, essential oils are not safe to use in the dryer. Dryer balls are great and help reduce static and drying time but you should be careful when adding essential oils to them since it’s a potential fire risk!

Why?

Essential oils have flashpoints, which is the temperature at which the oils will turn into vapor, with the potential of heat or another ignition source causing a fire.

While dryers can range in temperature, most tend to get to around 125 to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. A lot of common fragrances (such as citrus) have flashpoints in the 105-130°F range. As you can see, this does put them in the potential danger zone!

6. Spray your clothes with Grow Fragrance after they come out of the dryer to smell good

A quick tip for your laundry routine: after you take your clothes out of the dryer, spray them with Grow Fragrance. It's so easy! The scents are toxin-free, 100% plant based, and will make your entire room smell clean and relaxing.

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Spray it on any fabric that you can think of—clothing, sheets, towels—and then put it in the air to keep your whole house smelling fresh!

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Congrats, you're a laundry guru!

With these secrets in mind, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a laundry guru. These tips and tricks can help you save time and money, keep your clothes looking new longer, and even protect the environment.

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