4 Hacks to Make Your Laundry Smell Beautiful
Doing laundry is often an annoying and tedious chore. Depending on the size of your family, it can sometimes feel like it’s taking forever. From separating the clothes and washing each batch to ironing and putting everything back in its place, it’s not uncommon to want to hire someone to do it for you. Even worse, after putting all that work and effort into a task, you might have to do it all over again in case you think your laundry does not smell nice enough. To prevent this from happening, we’ve come up with a list of hacks that will help your clothes smell beautiful after every wash.
Wash your clothes on time
If you have a huge family, you probably have to run the washing machine at least a couple of times a week. When you have a huge pile of laundry, consider splitting it in two so that the detergent can really do its job. On the other hand, in case you live alone, it can often happen that you have to wait for a while before your hamper is full. That can often lead to clothes staying smelly for a few days and you definitely don’t want that. Furthermore, you should never ball up wet clothes and just put them in the hamper, as that will ruin them; let them air-dry for a while.
To avoid these problems, take a look at your washing machine’s instruction manual. If the appliance is of a newer variety, the guide can help you find the best setting based on how much clothes you have in the drum. Running a small or medium load will stop your clothes from becoming smelly. Moreover, keep in mind that clothes like socks need to be washed more often than some outer layers or jeans, for example. While waiting for the hamper to fill up, you can pre-treat and pre-soak some pieces of clothing.
Make sure your washing machine is in good condition
A clean washing machine is another vital factor for having laundry that smells beautiful. Cleaning your washing machine at least twice a year should help improve its efficiency as well as remove odours, grime, mould and mildew. Most modern machines have a self-cleaning setting, but you can also get a brush and clean all the buildup that was not removed. You should also remember to air the washer after every use, so leave the door or lid open for a while. Furthermore, you should make sure that the washer is running smoothly. If you notice any issues, you should find some appliance spares online and get a professional to replace them. You can even do it yourself if it’s an easy fix and your appliance is no longer under warranty. A clean and properly working washing machine will prevent any bad smells or rips and tears in your clothes and linens.
Add a scent to your laundry
In order for your laundry to have a pleasant smell, you can also consider adding a little bit of lavender or citrus essential oil during the rinse cycle. Alternatively, you can make a scented spray to mist your dirty clothes before you wash them. Get a small spray bottle, fill it with water, add a couple of drops of scented oil of your choice and you’re ready to go. Scented detergents and laundry soap are also an option, just check the packaging to see what the recommended dosage is. Adding some scent to your linens will ensure you get a good night’s sleep.
Keep the laundry smelling fresh for longer
Once your clothes and linens are dry, you can keep them fresh by placing scented bars of soap in your wardrobe or storage where you keep them. Put each bar in a separate bag or pouch and evenly distribute them throughout your closet. Instead of scented soap, you can also put your favourite herbs in a cotton bag and let them scent your clothes. Additionally, keeping an open container with baking soda or coffee beans in your dresser can absorb the odours; just remember to replace it once a month.
None of us wants our hard work to be in vain. So make the most of these hacks and keep your laundry smelling fresh and beautiful.