Before going much further, let’s clear up a quick misconception. Unscented can be a verb or an adjective. As in, “no, we did not add any smells”, or “no, this doesn’t smell.” This means that some unscented products (without smell) are scented (adding a smell to counteract how it originally smelled).
Here’s the list of products I use:
- Ammonia – sanitizes without fading colors
- Bleach – sanitizes, and brightens whites, and fades colors
- All Free & Clear detergent – cleaning without adding a scent; also mostly clear
- Shout! color-absorbing sheets, aka Color Catchers – can mix colors, including whites, with little or no color transfer
- Downey Free – softens fabrics in the rinse cycle without adding a scent; it’s milky white and has never imparted color or smell to my items
- All Free dryer sheets – still have a light scent even though the company says they don’t; softens fabrics in the dryer without adding a lot of fake scent, although these still add a lot of chemicals because, well, almost all dryer sheets do
- Aluminum foil sheets – removes most of the static buildup of drying multiple fabric types together
- Control Freak dryer sheets – softens fabrics in the dryer without adding fake scents; in fact, these neutralize scents; like most dryer sheets, these add chemicals to the clothes
- Vinegar – sanitizes and softens without fading colors or damaging fabrics such bamboo, microfibers, or infused nylons or polyesters
- Dawn original dish soap – removes grease and food stains, such as the infamous trail of food down the front of shirts; note this is the original Original, not the 2x “Original”!
- Lysol spray – sanitizes the laundry baskets so the clean laundry stays clean when transporting
- Lint sock – keeps the lint from getting into the home’s main drain
- Drain catcher – keeps the lint from getting into the home’s main drain
- Lingerie bags – keeps items safe from snagging on other clothes, or from getting stretched out
- Citrus powder – sanitizes without damaging fabrics such bamboo, microfibers, or infused nylons or polyesters, and brightens whites; may bleach items that get exposed to sunlight
- Baking soda – removes odors and softens fabrics in the washer
- Rubbing alcohol – remove pen and marker stains
- Hydrogen peroxide – remove blood stains
- OxyClean – improves stain removal; can add vinegar and baking soda or hydrogen peroxide to the wash cycle instead of the name brand
- Washing Soda – improves stain removal, or use to make your own detergent
- Borax – improves stain removal, or use to make your own detergent
- Plain Dove bar – spot treat, or use to make your own detergent; I am allergic to Fels Naphtha, which was a bit of a surprise after using it to make a huge batch of homemade laundry detergent
This all started out as one post. Then I saw how long it was getting, and I’m like, ain’t nobody readin’ all that at once. Not even me!
So here’s the 1st of 5 parts.
It’s amazing how much effort goes into doing the laundry. Then again, according to my bestie Ren, that’s probably because I put the hyphen in anal-retentive. Just like it should be.
Anywayz. Laundry. Part 1.