This all started out as one post. Then I saw how long it was getting, and I’m like, ain’t nobody readin’ all that at once. Not even me!
So here’s the 1st of 5 parts.
It’s amazing how much effort goes into doing the laundry. Then again, according to my bestie Ren, that’s probably because I put the hyphen in anal-retentive. Just like it should be.
Anywayz. Laundry. Part 1.
Here’s the list of products I use:
- Ammonia – sanitizes without fading colors
- Bleach – sanitizes, and brightens whites and fades colors
- All Free & Clear detergent – more powerful cleaning without adding any fake or chemical scents or color additives that so many people are allergic or sensitive to
- Shout! color-absorbing sheets, aka Color Catchers – can mix colors, including whites, with little or no color transfer
- Downey Free – softens fabrics in the rinse cycle without adding any fake or chemical scents or color additives
- All Free dryer sheets – still have a light scent even though the company says they don’t; softens fabrics in the dryer without adding a lot of fake scent, although these still add a lot of chemicals because, well, almost all dryer sheets do
- Aluminum foil sheets – removes most of the static buildup of drying multiple fabric types together
- Control Freak dryer sheets – softens fabrics in the dryer without adding fake scents; in fact, these neutralize scents; like most dryer sheets, these add chemicals to the clothes
- Vinegar – sanitizes without fading colors or damaging fabrics such bamboo, microfibers, or infused nylons or polyesters, and also softens fabrics
- Dawn original – removes grease and food stains, such as the infamous trail of food down the front of shirts; note this is the original Original, not the 2x “Original”!
- Lysol spray – sanitizes the laundry baskets so the clean laundry stays clean when transporting
- Lint sock – keeps the lint from getting into the home’s main drain
- Drain catcher – keeps the lint from getting into the home’s main drain
- Lingerie bags – keeps items safe from snagging on other clothes, or from getting stretched out
- Citrus powder – sanitizes without damaging fabrics such bamboo, microfibers, or infused nylons or polyesters, and brightens whites; may bleach items that get exposed to sunlight
- Baking soda – removes odors and softens fabrics in the washer
- Rubbing alcohol – remove pen and marker stains
- Hydrogen peroxide – remove blood stains
- OxyClean – improves stain removal; can add vinegar and baking soda or hydrogen peroxide to the wash cycle instead of the name brand
- Washing Soda – improves stain removal, or use to make your own detergent
- Borax – improves stain removal, or use to make your own detergent
- Fels Naphtha, plain Dove bar, or XX washing bar – spot treat, or use to make your own detergent