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Don’t Throw In That Towel….Clean It!

· Towels Have A Dirty Job..... ·

January 8, 2015 0 Comments

When it comes to Laundry, I want to be Dorothy from the Wizard of OZ.  You know,  the innocent belief that the Wizard was magical.  Then some fool pulled back the curtain and exposed the mechanics behind the myth.  Clean, fresh laundry is like that, I wish that I could still believe it just magically appeared, but until my lottery ticket comes in, I am the Laundry Engineer at Faded Bluebird. So I’m here cleaning towels.

Cleaning Towels

It was Day #3 of my Declutter, Organizing and Cleaning Extravaganza and I wanted to “recharge” my towels. Several years ago, I bought some uber expensive ones from Dillard’s, and I am a firm believer that if you take care of them, they will never leave you cold and dripping wet.

cleaning towels

Except during gardening season, we’re easy on our towels.  We immediately hang them to dry after use, (this prevents mold and mildew), I rotate them so that each towel feels loved and appreciated, and they only get my best Homemade Laundry Soap.  They are usually line dried then tennis ball fluffed for 10 min in the dryer with lavender bags throw in.

Spa Treatment

As we get older, we aren’t as bright as we used to be. It takes us a little longer to absorb what’s around us and function as quickly as we once did.  Thank Goodness towels aren’t people, they get another shot at youth. Here’s my secret recipe,  my Fountain of Youth for cleaning towels.

  • 1/4 c. oxygen bleach
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. laundry soap
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Vinegar

(WARNING:  Lemon Juice will fade colors especially soaking for an hour, it is perfect for my white towels, but if you have colored towels, PLEASE JUST USE THE VINEGAR!)

Fill the washer with hot water then add the oxygen bleach and lemon juice. Allow the washer to agitate to mix and add the towels, soak for 1 hour. Add your laundry soap and if you are lucky enough to have a Fabric Softener Dispenser add the Vinegar.  But for the rest of us envious Laundry Engineers we have to do it the old fashioned way…… a Downy Ball filled with the Vinegar.

cleaning towels

Put your towels in the dryer with a couple of tennis balls to fluff, and you’ll fall in love with your towels again! Seriously….you’ll want to put them on the cover of a Harlequin Romance.

The Lecture

Now you had to know that I wasn’t going to let you leave without one teeny tiny moment of Green Preaching. Vinegar is an awesome fabric softener; it does the job without leaving a residue on either your clothes or your dryer.  You won’t smell the vinegar once your clothes are dry, and if it bothers you, you could always add some essential oils to your vinegar (obviously, I like the combination of Lavender and Lemon). Vinegar kills germs, can remove sweat stains, prevents lime scale in the washer and can improve your sex life.  Okay, that last thing was just to make sure you were paying attention.  But what would it hurt to try Vinegar, I’ve been using it for mega years now, and my husband nominated me for Laundry Engineer of the year.

Hey, that reminds me….I still haven’t heard back from the President of the selection committee. I think I’ll ask him about it tonight before we go to bed.  Rumor is the winner gets a free meal and foot massage.

– Happy Cleaning!

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