3 New Ways to Freshen Up Your Laundry

Patrick Bogans

Add in vinegar

Vinegar? In your washer? It sounds odd, we know. But vinegar can revive your clothes after years of using regular detergents. By adding vinegar to your wash cycle, you can take care of set-in stains that refuse to disappear with laundry detergent alone.

Last month, I had a few t-shirts with ketchup and grease stains that refused to come out. Trust me, I tried everything, including stain-targeting products from Target. No luck. It turns out that all I needed was already in my pantry. I poured one cup of vinegar in my wash cycle, and poof: the stains were gone.

Vinegar can eliminate tough stains from grease, condiments, lubricants, grass, dirt, blood and coffee. Try adding a cup of vinegar to a batch of heavily soiled laundry (along with traditional detergent). That should help take care of the stains.

Pour in some orange oil

Multi-purpose cleaners aren’t just for cleaning countertops. Grab a bottle of FDC’s Cold-Pressed Orange Oil and pour a cup in your next wash cycle. Orange Oil is made up of 90% D-Limonene, a naturally occurring and non-toxic solvent and degreaser. Not only will D-Limonene take out the toughest stains, it’ll leave a fresh orange scent behind. How’s that for fresh?

Sprinkle in some baking soda

You’ll still need regular detergent for this hack. Odds are your detergent isn't doing the job if you're looking for ways to freshen up your laundry. Here’s how you can make it better. The next time you make a trip to the laundry room, stop in the kitchen first.

Unlike vinegar, most people know that baking soda has stain- and odor-eliminating properties. If you want fresher clothes and brighter whites, add a ½ cup of baking soda in your wash cycle, alongside a cup of your favorite detergent. You’ll notice a difference, and you won’t have to replace that new bottle of lackluster detergent. Baking soda will make it better.

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