My Two Best Laundry Tricks

Liquid Laundry Detergent (1/2 Gallon)

1/4 c. Borax
1/4 c. Washing Soda
1/4 c.Blue Dawn Dish Detergent
¼ t. Essential Oil, if desired for smelly laundry
Hot tap water

In a plastic 2-liter bottle put the sodas and fill halfway up with water. Shake well, then add the Dawn and essential oil. Gently top up with hot water and shake again before using. Use 2 T. For a medium load, and use undiluted for pre-treating dirty spots. Clearly mark the bottle with a permanent marker.

Anti-Static Dryer Balls

For each, take about 18 of aluminum foil and wad up into a ball. Bank the sides well until smooth; you dont want sharp little edges pulling on fine fabrics. Toss into the dryer with your clothes, but if you have concerns about a fine article, put the ball inside a sock.

This works as well as a tennis ball, without the hot rubber smell and chemicals that leach out into the steam. And if you are sensitive to fabric softeners, you wont really need any with this, as it will leave your towels as absorbent as if left on the line to dry, but fluffy as when dried in a dryer. This approach will extend the life of your fabrics as the chemicals and waxes in commercial fabric softeners actually degrade the fibers.

If you want, you can drive a nail or awl into the ball to make a deep hole into which you can drip a little essential oil.

From a very busy girl sometimes blogging at
Shucky’s Kitchen
Nelsie’s Cupboard, and
Parkdale Knifty Knitters!

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