Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Works-For-Me Wednesday

How many times have you started a load of laundry, gotten side-tracked, and forgotten about the wet clothes until they are all stinky? In our home, Matt often "helps" by starting a load without telling me. I discover the icky-smelling clothes a few days later. Until recently, I thought I had no choice but to waste another load-worth of water, electricty, and detergent (and I usually put in extra detergent to make sure the mildew smell is gone!).


GreenStyleMom Tip - Add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the washer and run on a quick rinse cycle. Your clothes will be clean, the smell will be gone, and you will have conserved resources!


This is my first time particpating in Works-For-Me Wednesday - check out others at Rocks In My Dryer

26 comments:

Phyllis Sommer said...

welcome to wfmw and thanks for the great tip!!!! this happens all the time in my house too.

Zen Master said...

Hi!

This is a great tip. I usually try to run it through a rinse cycle and hope it doesn't smell bad after, if it does I run it again :-( Depends on how long it's sat there.

This will save time and resources.

Thanks!

Alicia said...

Yay, I needed this tip - thanks for sharing!

McGrigor said...

GREAT TIP!! I really needed this one. I can't count the number of times I have forgotten about a wash load. Thanks!

mindyvasil said...

Welcome to WFMW! That's a great tip. I will definitely have to try it.

Dawn said...

I'll definitely try this next time I forget clothes in the washing machine. Thanks for sharing.

Nikki said...

I've used vinegar to revive a stinky load. But I never thought to just use it in a rinse cycle. Very smart. I'll try that next time.

Angela Miller said...

I think we have all been there. I can't wait to use this helpful tip.

Mom2fur said...

What a great idea! I've definitely got to remember this one!

Kari said...

So nice to know Im not the only that does this! Thanks for the tip!

Thia said...

I admit, there is an advantage to winter. Our washer/dryer is in the cold, unheated basement, so if we forget a load in the winter, it won't stink for a few days...

Kim said...

Thanks for the tip - I am guilty of this as well.

Gettysburg Mom said...

I was wandering through Works For Me Wednesday hints, procrastinating dealing with the load of towels I didn't get to last night, and found your tip...thank you for your timely hint!

Sharon said...

I saw your title and clicked on yours first! Lucky me, I get to try this out today!
Thanks for the tip and I hope it works for me too.

Jen said...

HeHe! I was cracking up when I started reading this b/c I've been there...and leaving them in the dryer! then they're all wrinkled and my husband hates wrinkles in clothes! I refuse to iron the shirt he's going to wear to the gym. Anyway...back to the vinegar topic...I've read using 1T distilled vinegar in the rinse cycle also works as a fabric softner. Although I have to say I've tried it and didn't think it worked all that great...but I like REALLY soft clothes...it may be good for just a little softning.

Jeni said...

What a good tip, and one that I could use several times a week!

{Karla} said...

I'll have to try this.

Not that I EVER forget things...

BWAHHAHAHA ;0)

Blessings,
Karla

Dawn Hudson said...

This is a wonderful tip. I think I probably use a whole bottle of tide a year just rewashing clothes.

Tiffany said...

My hubby is great at starting the laundry and even moving it to the dryer but he is horrible at folding it. He never gets that far on his afternoon off - and folding laundry is one of the 2 chores I hate to do as well. Now that Mikayla is in a different room though laundry is much harder to get done. You have to go into her room to get to the laundry room. So once nap time hits no laundry gets done.

Jennifer said...

Neat Idea! I will try that next time.. have you used baking soda in the wash?

mamadaisy said...

i just ruined one of my favorite sweaters last week by adding a tablespoon of bleach to the stinky washer clothes. i will definitely remember this!

Penny said...

Oh yeah - BTDT too ;) Great tip.

The Cole Mine said...

Wow! What a cool deal the WFMW is! I will be checking in to see all your great tips! Incidentally, baking soda helps remove odor too (probably not good for laundry) but if you mix a little bit with water and put it in a squirt bottle, it's the perfect "de-spit-up" concoction!! We use bottles and bottles around here!

Jessie said...

I can't tell you how many times this has happened to us - thanks for the tip!

Seis said...

This is a great tip!! I really need this one.

GreenStyleMom said...

Glad so many people loved this tip!