I do a number of loads of wash a week (usually at least one a day), and since we had our daughter I do even more. Not only are there more clothes, but also other sundry linens like towels and rags used to clean up spills and messes, and to clean up Bird herself. I keep a little stash of rags on the kitchen counter that I use to wipe her hands and face after eating, etc. While I try to let these rags, as well as my dishrags, dry out a bit before I toss them in the laundry basket, they usually go in at least damp and as a result, I end up with musty-smelling laundry.
As many of you ladies probably know, that musty, pre-mildewy smell is hard to get out of fabrics. It was starting to drive me batty how I would wash a load of linens with hot soapy water and they were STILL coming out with a bit of musty smell. And the last thing I want to be wiping my daughters hands and face with is a dank-smelling cloth, no matter how “clean” it is from being laundered. I would wash them again and again, and was still getting the odour. I didnt want to use bleach, not only because I dont like the idea of using such a strong chemical on fabrics my daughter will be using, but also because many of the lines that were getting musty werent just simple whites, so bleach wasnt really an option anyway.
About two weeks ago, I decided to try a little vinegar in the wash. I know many people swear by vinegar as multi-purpose cleaner and I’ve been using it more and more lately myself. I figured it couldnt hurt to put a tablespoon or two in the bleach compartment in my washer (i have a front-loader with a pull out “drawer” for soap, bleach and softener).
And it worked like a charm! No mildewy smell, no mustiness. AND, to my relief, no vinegar smell, either. :) I’ve been using plain white vinegar in all of my washes now since, and its been making everything come out fresh and clean. Then yesterday I forgot to add some vinegar and sure enough, when I went to grab what I assumed was a nice clean rag to wipe Bird’s hands after dinner last night- YUCK- musty smell. I had to put the whole load back in the wash today, got the trusty vinegar back out, and they are now fresh and clean again and ready to go. :)
SO, all of this to pass on this little tip to you in case you didnt know about it. Chances are all you ladies out there are so smart you already knew about this, but you know me…. Im not too proud to admit when I learn something, even something basic! Happy Laundering, ladies!