You may think that you need to use a lot of products with harsh chemicals to keep your laundry fresh. This is not the case. In fact, by using some of these products you could be doing more harm than good. They are damaging to the environment and can cause problems such as skin irritation. They are not the best way to freshen your laundry.
If you want to balance laundry care with protecting the environment and your health, it’s best to use natural methods. Here are three suggestions that you may find useful.
Use hydrogen peroxide to remove stains
Stains on clothes make them look shabby and dirty. You need to get rid of the stains so you can wear the item of clothing again. Using hydrogen peroxide is one of the best ways to do this. This is a natural substance which consists of water and an extra molecule of oxygen. It has strong disinfecting and stain removing properties.
In order to remove stains from your clothes, you simply need to spray the hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and leave it to soak in for 10 minutes. After the time has elapsed, you can throw the item of clothing into the washing machine and wash it as normal.
Soften your clothes with baking soda
You want your clothes to feel soft and comfortable to wear, as well as looking good. Baking soda can help make this happen. Adding half a cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle while the laundry is running is a natural way of softening your clothes.
If you want to create your own natural softener that you can use for each wash, baking soda comes in useful again. You should add half a cup of it to half a cup of water and stir until all of the baking soda has dissolved in the water. You should then slowly add two cups of white vinegar to the mix, stirring as you go. The mixture will be a little frothy so you should leave it to settle before adding some drops of essential oils and placing it in a glass bottle for use.
Use vodka as a quick freshener
If you want to freshen clothing between washes, this is one of the many tasks that vodka can help with. You simply need to spray some vodka on the clothes which require freshening and hang the clothes up overnight, to allow them to dry. The vodka helps to get rid of any smells and does not leave any odor of its own. This is especially useful if you have clothes that are dry clean only and do not smell very fresh.
As you can see, you do not need to buy laundry items containing chemicals if you want to freshen your laundry. If you decide that you need an extra boost of freshness, and want to invest in fabric care, choose one of the more environmentally friendly options.
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