Recently G and I were training for a 5k together in 100 degree heat. There was a lot of laundry and it was really smelly. I almost succumbed to buying commercial detergent just to get the scent. Every time I went to buy it though, I couldn't justify the price. I mean I make it
for practically nothing and it lasts me months.
Besides that, one of the reasons I make my own is because I don't want the fragrance. It makes me sneeze. I experimented with a couple of different options, mainly vinegar and baking soda.
|Plain Baking Soda|
The main problem with the smells is getting them out of anything with the Coolmax fabric. It lingers and I heard I'm not the only one with that problem. They even sell a special detergent for those fabrics. I found that the vinegar alone really does the trick. I probably dumped 1/2 cup in there during the washing cycle. I have a regular washing machine so I don't know about HE machines.
|This is where I store my washing powder|
|The recipe on an old paint chip is almost gone|
I usually don't use dryer sheets because I also use vinegar as a fabric softener. But since I was dealing with a smelly situation, I decided to use these for good measure. I only tear off half a sheet. They really don't leave a scent on the clothing which is fine with me.
Do you have any laundry tricks to save money? What about special ways to get stains from under the arms. I haven't figured that one out yet. Please help!
Here is "proof" that I did my 5k by the way!! I ran the whole way and was so proud!
I use borax powder, the 20 mule team brand. Their website has all sorts of ways to use it, but I just dump 1/8 C in each load (we have a small stackable unit so it's not a big capacity washer, although I can and do fit my queen sheets and pillow cases in one load).
As for stains, try using whatever bar soap you have on hand. I haven't tried it for pit stains but it works beautifully on ring around the collar :-)
actually i just read on Pinterest that a ground up aspirin tablet will get out sweat stains - because of the salicylic acid in them. Haven't tried it yet but thought i'd pass it along
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