Stolen Tip of the Day.. Laundry Funk!

I learned this next tip, by accident, when I started making home-made laundry detergent.

I thought that my musty funky towels were from a combination of not being fully dried, before folding, and putting away, and staying too wet, in my bathrooms.

Unaware of this correlation, to the towels, t-shirts, in my house, had an oily-funk smell, like everyone was a mechanic. I remembered that smell, from my household “go to the laundry mat, all day, Saturday” chore, I had, as a teen. My step-father was a mechanic, and I had always thought that his clothes “smells” were work related.

They all ended up being too much laundry detergent IN the fabric.

(It seems silly, to me, now, because I used to work telemarketing for a water conditioning company. I knew one of our tests, to prove to customers, that they *needed* a water conditioner, was to prove that their towels contained soap. Techs routinely dunked a clean bath towel, in a bin of water. It was a way to prove that with softer water, the customer could get by using much less soap, too.)

Ironically, as Heather has mentioned, Borax (Sodium Borate,) Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate,) and Vinegar are all part of my regular laundry routines, now.

And none of my clean clothes or towels smell foul, anymore, either.

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Stolen Tip of the Day.. Laundry Funk!

I learned this next tip, by accident, when I started making home-made laundry detergent.

I thought that my musty funky towels were from a combination of not being fully dried, before folding, and putting away, and staying too wet, in my bathrooms.

Unaware of this correlation, to the towels, t-shirts, in my house, had an oily-funk smell, like everyone was a mechanic. I remembered that smell, from my household “go to the laundry mat, all day, Saturday” chore, I had, as a teen. My step-father was a mechanic, and I had always thought that his clothes “smells” were work related.

They all ended up being too much laundry detergent IN the fabric.

(It seems silly, to me, now, because I used to work telemarketing for a water conditioning company. I knew one of our tests, to prove to customers, that they *needed* a water conditioner, was to prove that their towels contained soap. Techs routinely dunked a clean bath towel, in a bin of water. It was a way to prove that with softer water, the customer could get by using much less soap, too.)

Ironically, as Heather has mentioned, Borax (Sodium Borate,) Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate,) and Vinegar are all part of my regular laundry routines, now.

And none of my clean clothes or towels smell foul, anymore, either.

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