Lifestyle Hack #1

As I am starting a new blog with a new purpose, my first post is about how I used everyday at home items to fix a surprising problem that arose today.

I am pretty much a creature of habit when it comes to doing laundry. In go the sheets, towels, blankets or clothes. Then follows the laundry detergent, softener and I close the lid, hit start and in about 90 minutes I have wet items that need to make their way into the dryer or be hung up.

This morning I took a shower. Normal. Yet today when I put the towel up to my face it had a “funk” to it. I hadn’t used the towel yet, it was just hanging there, waiting for me to use it. I was under the impression that I would be using a nice smelling and fluffy towel to whisk the water away. This did not happen.

It is rare when I feel like my housekeeping skills have failed, today I felt like I had failed miserably. I am not in the position to purchase new towels and they are currently brown, not white, so I can’t just bleach them.

Now I recall my mom using the washing machine to fix things over the years, but washing machines have evolved over the last 20 years and mine isn’t like hers at all. With that being said, I struggled to figure out how to use baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice to clean the towels and attempt to bring them back to their natural state.

I started by beginning the cycle on the washing machine, once I could see the towels were almost completely covered in water I promptly hit pause, opened the lid and poured in baking soda, vinegar and some lemon juice. I let it bubble and fizz a bit, closed the lid and hit start again.

Once the cycle was done, I ran a regular cycle with some detergent and then put them in the dryer. They came out smelling good – the test will be when I go to use one of them; if they stink I am shit out of luck, but if they smell good after one use, then I was successful.

What do you use baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar for?

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