The proper way to do laundry is an art form that some people missed out on learning. This guide covers the basics of how to do laundry.
We have 6 people living in our house. This makes it hard to keep everything clean and our laundry done. I have asked each person to do their own laundry on a specific day. We are never waiting for someone to get done and are not stressed about it.
By Shirley from Henderson, NV
We are a family of 7. That is exactly what we do in our family. Our 3 oldest do there laundry on Sunday... They know that it is laundry day they remind each other that they need to switch there clothes around so that they can do it. By doing this it teaches the some responsibility and to be organized with there time.
Excellent idea. I especially like the idea that everyone takes responsibility for their own laundry.
At what age do you think it is reasonable to ask children to do their own laundry? I have a 13 yr old who is messy but does his own laundry and I am constantly having to defend myself to the pediatrician that he is old enough to be expected to do laundry
My son was 11 when he started doing his own laundry, while my daughter was 9. My granddaughter who lived with us was also 9. She had to stand on a stool, and I got her a pair of long handled tongs to take clothes out of the machine. She is now 16 and only 4"10", and still uses the tongs, as it is a larger capacity top loader. Children should be encouraged to take care of themselves and their belongings as soon as they are able to do so.
While parents are preparing to send their children off to college, they try to think of all the material items to take with them to supply their dorm rooms. One thing that some parents don't think of, is showing your child how to do his/her own laundry.
Hopefully you have found yourself at a school that offers free laundry facilities. If so, do laundry all the time and be proud that you are saving hundreds of dollars annually in washing and drying costs. If you live off campus, bus the laundry in and do it for free.
How can I make my clothes smell like detergent? Can someone help me out. After I'm done washing my clothes I can smell the detergent. When I am done drying them I don't smell anything. I use concentrated detergent. I also use dryer sheets. Can someone help me. I want my laundry to keep the smell of my detergent.
By headache from Miami, FL
Please stop using fabric softeners - they contain 9 different hazardous chemicals which can either cause problems with your Central Nervous System and/or are carcinogenic. These are extremely hazardous chemicals folks! Alpha-Terpineol, Benzyl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Camphor, Chloroform, Ethyl Acetate, Limonene, Linalool, Pentane. I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity from being exposed to chemicals in our environment and fabric softener is the worst. If I come in contact with it, it makes me terribly sick for days. Protect yourself and your family. You will eventually get sick if you continue using fabric softener as well as making people around you sick.
PLEASE NOTE: anything that has fragrances, perfume, cologne, household cleaners, fabric softener will be absorbed through your skin and eventually make you ill. There are other alternatives you can use with a little research.
The best laundry smell is fresh air.
These waxy long lasting fragrance carriers are ruining your clothes, and the fragrances are sickening. They contain toxic untested chemicals.
Many people are highly sensitive to these fragrances and carriers. Please stay downwind and well away from me when you choose to smell like a laundrymat.
Wonderful feedback. I read this post because i also thoroughly enjoy the smell of freshly-laundered clothes and linen and want it to last! I will follow up on the suggestions to use liquid softener, and detergent of the same brand. I'm curious. Would anyone happen to know of natural products which would leave a pleasant, lingering scent on clothing? Realistically, a lot of people live in apartment buildings and cannot dry their clothes on a clothesline.
All of these were great suggestions I can not wait to try these!!! As for everyone lecturing about chemicals; it is each persons own choice how they live their life. You really shouldn't tell people what to do, people can make their own decisions. I think fabric softener is a very, very small issue we have to deal with in this day and age!
I just did a load of laundry without soap. How could I? But this got me to wondering if anyone out there knows what our ancestors did or used to wash before those convenient (detergent) brands became available.
Soapless in USA
I think our ancestors probably had to eventually burn the hides they wore because of fleas!! I can't imagine how hard it would be beating animal hides on rocks by the river!! lol.
Before my second son was born, and I had to do laundry at the laundry mat, I made my own mixing 1:1 Borax and grated bar soap (one-two tablespoons goes a long way!) I always use warm or hot water to wash, so everything dissolved, but whites were a little dingy from soap, so I found a cheap detergent and stayed with borax. Now I use 1/2 the recommended detergent and 1/2 cup borax. Makes it last longer and my whites look fine!
Everyone - Thank you for sharing your tips. Your information is fantastic. :-) Soapless no More
I am so doomed. I need somebody to post how the people in England in the Victorian era washed linens and i need to know within the next 2 minutes! I hope this site is really busy. I know that they did NOT have a way to wash all their laundry, different things had different ways to be washed, so that's what's making this so hard! i gotta go give up now and do the rest of my homework and get a zero cuz i dont know how they washed linens.
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My clothes don't keep the fragrance of my laundry detergent or fabric softener after they have been dried. They smell great after I wash them, but when I put them in the dryer they lose the scent. How can I keep the fresh scent of my fabric softener in my clothes? I use Gain detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets.
Maybe when you put your clothes in your drawers or closet, place one of your fabric softener sheets in with the clothes. (02/05/2007)
Due to each individual schedule you may not have the time to nor the facilities to do so, but I hang my clothes outside every day, weather permitting. I use either Tide or Wisk. I never use dryer sheets as I don't feel that they are necessary. My sheets smell especially nice and so awesome after blowing around in the breeze and being kissed by the sun. (02/06/2007)
I use a half of a Bounce fabric softener sheet per load in my dryer and everyone always says how fresh my clothes smell. One lady told my husband she could tell he was married just by how fresh his clothes smelled. (02/06/2007)
Since I've been using Era laundry detergent and Suavitel liquid fabric softener, I'm very happy with the wash. The smell stays with the clothes long after the first wear. Since I don't have access to the outside, my sheets and clothes all smell wonderful. This is a great combination for me. (02/06/2007)
By Lady Claire
You know, it's funny how I can read all these feedbacks and partly agree with some and completely disagree with others. Yet we all came out with the same results.
I've been on a mission for about ten years to have that wonderful clean smelling laundry that everyone in the room can smell. It's not that hard really, but you have to start right by getting the things you need and going back to what you were taught in the beginning about laundry. After you read this, immediately go to the store and buy any detergent, any liquid softener, and any fabric sheets that you personally like the smell of. While on that aisle, buy a product called 20 Mule Team Borax. It's in a green and yellow box with red letters I believe. It's only a couple of dollars. Get a Downy ball if you don't already have one unless you have a softener dispenser in your washer. Most importantly, pick up a small laundry basket.
Now, when you have all that at home, then comes what nobody wants to hear. Separation. Make sure to separate your clothes into proper categories. I have categories labeled: soft clothes, denims, heavily soiled (husband's work clothes and/or very messy children's clothes), special care (sweaters and other dedicates), good towels and rags, and last is cleaning towels and rags which I also wash with throw/door/bathroom rugs. I personally love the smell of bleached whites, but this ages your clothes really quickly by breaking down the fibers, so I choose not to use it.
Now, once your clothes are separated into the categories that suit you, pick the most urgently needed and fill up that small laundry basket you picked up from the store. Don't cram the clothes in it and don't pile it way above the rim.
Directions for top loader washer:
Turn on your washer to large-largest load, and add a cap full of the detergent to running water. Fill softener dispenser or Downy ball with a cap full and drop it in. Add one cup of your borax to the water then start throwing in your clothes.
Directions for front loader washer:
Put your load of clothes into the washer and clothes the door tightly. Add a cap full of detergent to the designated dispenser, a cap full of softener to the designated dispenser, and a cup of the borax to the pre-wash dispenser.
Once wash cycle is completed, pull clothes and throw into dryer or hang up. Don't tarry. Time is smelly when it comes to your laundry and don't forget your softener sheet. I agree with cutting them in half only because there's no difference in performance, so you're saving money by getting double what you paid for.
I know this will give you the smell of great laundry that we all love and appreciate.
Let me know how it turns out. (05/07/2007)
Use Borax in the wash. You can mix it 50/50 with baking soda if you have hard water. Additionally, you can add essential oils to the mix. Make it up in advance. Two cups of borax, two of baking soda, and ten drops of lavender, or eight lavender plus four peppermint, or eight lavender and four lemon. All will add freshness to clothing, and can be used to deodorize other items as well.
Then line dry, or if you cannot, invest in a lavender dryer sachet, especially lovely for bed linens. (06/02/2007)
Put a gel air freshener (the type you put in a bathroom) in a closet/cupboard and the smell will end up sticking to the clothes. This works pretty good. (06/25/2008)
I have found the ultimate formula for fresh, sweet smelling, long lasting scented laundry. I'm a huge laundry scent "snob" who has tried every brand and combination on the market and this is my all time favorite.
I use 3/4 cap full (a bit more than recommended) of the 2X concentrated Gain Cotton Fresh liquid detergent per load and Downy April Fresh scent liquid softener. I use the Downy ball for dispensing and I use a little bit over the maximum fill line. I finish up with a Downy April Fresh scent dryer sheet in the dryer. I have put clothing away for a whole season and when I pull them out months later, they still smell fresh. (10/01/2008)
I can't get my clothes to smell good after I wash them. I buy really nice smelling detergent and liquid fabric softner, but after they come out of the dryer, they don't smell like anything.
My friend's laundry always smells good and smells good for days.
Jodi from CA
I add just plain old baking soda to my laundry detergent (dry). I probably add about a cup. It makes my sheets smell SO GOOD! Smells very fresh. I also use about 1/4 cup bleach, no more, because it will only smell like bleach and wash in hot water. (07/26/2005)
Without saying anything about your laundry, why not just ask your friend how she gets her laundry to smell so good? Some people use a fragrance like lavender or something and spray it on a dry towel and toss into the dryer. I haven't done it, but makes sense to me. You could even ask her if she does something like this. (07/26/2005)
I know what you mean. I sometimes pass people whose clothes smell so fresh and wonderful. I have used Cheer and that works ok. (07/27/2005)
I use Gain, original scent, detergent. When I bought my house the former owners left some here, and I loved the scent so much I've been buying it ever since. (07/27/2005)
I use Gain detergent (powder) and Gain liquid fabric softener too. I LOVE IT! All my family smells the clothes and tells me how everything smells so good. I used to use the fabric softener sheets but they really didn't do much. I think the Gain detergent and the same type liquid fab. soft. that's what makes the difference but try Gain a few times. I think you'll like it. (07/27/2005)
Do you use fabric softner sheets? I use the liquid softner in the washer for certain items like jeans and sheets but always use the fabric softner sheets in the dryer. I use Bounce sheets and the laundry always smells good to me. (09/01/2005)
I know the answer. I have been attempting to figure this out for years. Use 3 times the normal amount of liquid fabric softener (whatever you like. I prefer downy ultra) and the key is, either do not put the clothes in the dryer or just dry them a little and put them on a hangar. You won't believe the difference! (12/11/2005)
My laundry smells fantastic. I use Persil detergent and it smells good for weeks. (07/26/2006)
By Stephanie Macceca
I usually buy some of those dishwashing liquids that smells almost like perfume and mix them with my laundry detergent. The result is good, the clothes smell so good. (07/26/2006)
I like to wash my clothes in One cup of white vinegar, One cup of baking soda and Half cup of borax along with the detergent. If you can during your rinse cycle try putting between 20-30 drops of some lemon, orange, lavender, etc oil essence in your laundry, (you can get these from any health food store). (08/19/2006)