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How to Make Laundry Smell Nice

Jul 22, 2023

How to Make Laundry Smell Nice - Clothes hanging outdoors on clothing line

Hello, my lovelies! Are you longing for that fresh-out-of-the-laundry scent but somehow, it's missing? Your favourite jeans or that cozy sweater still has a tinge of muskiness even after a thorough wash?

Well, worry no more! Hudstone are here to turn your laundry woes into laundry wows! 😊

Today, I'm going to guide you on how to make your laundry smell divine. From using the best detergent powders and fabric softeners to maintaining that just-washed fragrance, I'll cover it all!

We'll explore both natural and chemical methods (you know I love the eco-friendly options!) to refresh your clothing, helping you find what works best for you.

So, are you ready to transform your laundry routine? Let's dive in!

How Can I Use Fabric Softeners to Make My Laundry Smell Nice?

Fabric softeners can play a significant role in giving your laundry its smell, providing an extra layer of fragrance that complements your detergent and lasts long after your clothes have dried. 

- Types of Fabric Softeners

We have two characters in this journey: liquid softeners and dryer sheets. The former does its work during the wash, and the latter gives your clothes a scent boost during the drying process.

Liquid Softeners: These infuse clothes with their fragrance during the wash. Remember to add them at the correct time in the wash cycle – your washing machine should have a dedicated dispenser for this.

Dryer Sheets: Though they may not be as potent as their liquid counterparts, they can add a refreshing scent during the drying phase. Toss in a couple with your wet laundry before you start the dryer.

- Choosing Your Scent

With options ranging from fresh linen to exotic florals, fabric softeners offer a scent for every nose. However, ensure that your fabric softener’s fragrance works in harmony with your laundry detergent’s scent.

- Allergies and Sensitivities

For those with sensitive skin or allergies, opt for fabric softeners free from dyes and perfumes. These gentle warriors soften your clothes and reduce static without the adverse effects.

- Take Note!

Remember, the heavenly scent of fabric softeners can sometimes be deceptive. They may contain chemicals and artificial ingredients that can cause skin irritation.

Our advice? Go natural whenever possible!

- DIY Fabric Softener

Embrace your inner chemist and create your own fabric softener using everyday ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils. This way, you control what goes into your laundry.

Read on for some nifty ideas.

Nature’s Helper #1 - Vinegar

Vinegar might be the last thing you associate with fresh laundry, but this kitchen staple is surprisingly effective. It's well-known for its cleaning prowess and ability to kick odours to the curb.

- Dealing with Odours

Vinegar is a natural odour eater. It can banish a range of scents, from body odour to mildew. Add a cup of white distilled vinegar to your washing machine during the wash cycle.

- Softening Fabrics

Believe it or not, vinegar is a natural fabric softener. By breaking down detergent and softener residue, it leaves fabrics softer and better able to retain pleasing scents.

- Cleaning Your Washing Machine

Your washing machine can benefit from a vinegar cleanse too. Run an empty cycle with hot water and two cups of vinegar to banish soap scum, mildew, and any lurking odours.

- Preserving Colours

Vinegar can prevent colours from fading, contributing to a cleaner, fresher look (and smell) for your clothes.

- Pairing Vinegar with Essential Oils

Give your laundry a boost by adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the vinegar. Consider lavender, eucalyptus, or lemon for a refreshing kick.

- Safety First!

Though vinegar is incredibly helpful, it's not safe for all materials. Avoid using it on delicate fabrics like silk, or on clothes with metal parts, as it can cause damage.

Important: Mixing vinegar with bleach can create harmful fumes, so steer clear of this combo.

Natural option #2 - Baking Soda

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a versatile, affordable, and non-toxic ingredient that can play a significant role in your laundry routine. Not only can it enhance the smell of your clothes, but it also has a few other surprise benefits.

Let's dive in to understand more about the role of baking soda in making laundry smell nice.

1. Baking Soda: The Odour Terminator

Imagine if you could zap those pesky odours away instead of just covering them up with fragrances. Well, baking soda does just that! It neutralises odours by adjusting the pH balance in your laundry, effectively taming both acidic and basic smells. Isn't that amazing?

2. Power Up Your Detergent with Baking Soda

Did you know? Baking soda can supercharge your detergent's performance! It softens water, enabling the detergent to delve deeper into fabrics and eliminate grime, dirt, and odour-causing bacteria. The outcome? Fresh-smelling, cleaner clothes. Win-win!

3. Simple Steps to Use Baking Soda in Laundry

Adding baking soda to your laundry is easy-peasy. For an average laundry load, all you need is half a cup of baking soda. Add it directly to the washing machine drum or the detergent drawer. Follow it with your clothes and your usual detergent, then wash as you normally do.

4. Combatting Tough Odours

Stinky gym clothes giving you a tough time? No worries! Pre-soak them in a baking soda solution before washing. Fill a bucket or your washing machine with warm water, stir in a cup of baking soda, and let your clothes enjoy this cleansing bath for a few hours or overnight. Then, wash as usual. The difference will astound you!

5. Refreshing Your Washing Machine

Here's a fun fact: Baking soda can also freshen up your washing machine! Over time, washing machines can become stinky due to detergent residues, fabric softener, or even mould and mildew. A hot water cycle with a cup or two of baking soda can help knock out these unwanted smells, promising fresher-smelling clothes every time.

6. A Few Parting Thoughts

Baking soda is an excellent and wallet-friendly choice to freshen up your laundry. Be it everyday odours or more stubborn smells, baking soda has got your back. Just store it properly in a cool, dry place, away from acids to maintain its magic.

Can I Use Essential Oils in Laundry?

Absolutely, yes!

Essential oils are nature's own perfumes and an amazing way to add a lovely aroma to your laundry. Their potent, lasting fragrances can make your clothes smell divine, without using artificial chemicals.

1. How to Pick the Right Essential Oils

Remember, quality matters! Choose Hudstone's Australian made essential oils for the best outcome. Lavender, Lemon Myrtle, Mandarin and Eucalyptus are popular choices, each lending its unique fragrance and benefits.

2. Add a Splash of Scent to Your Detergent

Using essential oils in your laundry is as simple as adding a few drops to your regular laundry detergent. Depending on your load size and how strong you'd like your clothes to smell, 10-20 drops should be enough for an average load.

3. Create Your Own Natural Fabric Softener

Want to try something fun? Make a natural fabric softener using essential oils and white vinegar. Just mix one cup of vinegar with 25 drops of your chosen essential oil, and add it to your washing machine during the rinse cycle.

4. Pair Essential Oils with Dryer Balls

Using essential oils with wool dryer balls during the drying cycle is another clever trick. Dab a few drops of your preferred oil on each ball and toss them in with your clothes. The heat from the dryer helps spread the delightful aroma throughout your clothes.

5. Whip Up a Linen Spray

If you enjoy a sudden burst of fragrance, try making a linen spray with essential oils. Combine distilled water, white vinegar or witch hazel, and 20-30 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. You can use it to refresh your clothes, linens, or even upholstery whenever you want!

6. Play Safe with Essential Oils

Though natural, essential oils are potent and need to be handled with care. They should be diluted before use to prevent fabric staining. They can also irritate skin, so be cautious, especially if anyone in your home has sensitive skin or allergies.

Used right, essential oils can elevate your laundry routine with their myriad fragrances and the joy of creating your unique scent combinations. The result? Clothes that smell like a dream and a laundry routine that feels like therapy.

How Does Your Drying Method Impact the Smell of Your Clothes?

Drying is as crucial as washing in the laundry process. The method you pick to dry your clothes can greatly influence the final scent of your laundry.

- The Charm of Air Drying

Air drying, or line drying, is a classic, green choice. While it doesn't add a fragrance per se, it can make your clothes smell fresh, especially if dried outdoors. The "sun-dried" smell is a natural favourite for many.

Pro Tip: Ensure the outdoor environment is clean and free from pollutants and allergens that can stick to your clothes and affect their smell.

- The Speedy Tumble Drying

Tumble drying is quick and efficient. It works well in all weather conditions and adds a unique warmth to your clothes. For that extra fragrance boost, use dryer sheets or dryer balls infused with essential oils. The dryer's heat helps distribute the scent evenly.

Heads up: Over-drying can give your clothes a slightly burnt or overly heated smell, so make sure to set the correct drying time and heat setting.

- Dryer Balls & Sheets

Regardless of the drying method you choose, dryer sheets or wool dryer balls dotted with your favourite essential oil can enhance your laundry's fragrance.

Dryer balls can also help fluff up your clothes and reduce drying time. 

- The After-Glow: Post-Drying Fragrance

Now, here's something for those of us who love that extra touch of freshness.

Some of us enjoy spritzing our clothes with fragrance even after they're dry. You can do this using a refreshing fabric spray or by storing scented sachets in your drawers or closet.

This is an absolute gem if you're unable to use fragranced washing products or if you fancy switching up the scent of your clothes between washes.

- Know Your Fabrics

Let's talk about fabrics, darlings. Different fabrics have their own unique way of holding onto scents. For instance, natural fibres like cotton or wool are fantastic at retaining the fresh scent of detergent and fabric softeners, more so than synthetic fibres.

This little detail could influence your choice of drying method and additional fragrance boosters. Isn't it amazing how each fabric has its own personality?

- The Art of Drying: Key Takeaways

Here's a quick rundown: The method you choose for drying your clothes doesn't inherently scent them, except when you use those scented drying aids. However, it plays a crucial role in maintaining and enhancing the scents added during the washing process.

So, my loves, choose your drying method wisely to infuse your laundry with that delightful aroma.

 That’s a Wrap!

From adding a few drops of essential oils directly into your detergent, creating a homemade fabric softener with vinegar, to using dryer balls or a sweet-smelling linen spray - there's a whole world of ways for you to reap the benefits of essential oils while keeping your clothes smelling fresh as a daisy.

Don't forget, different fabrics will hold onto scents in their own unique ways, so consider this before deciding on the best drying method for your needs.

Armed with all these tips and tricks, you're now all set to transform your laundry experience. Get ready for your clothes to smell absolutely heavenly!