Spring Cleaning Series // Part 3 - The Laundry
The laundry room is probably the most neglected rooms in the house when it comes to cleaning. It’s likely the room that needs the most love too with the constant piles of dirty clothes, wet towels, and let's not forget the musty, mildew smells that seems to come from the washer and dryer and clothes we left in there for a few...days....oops!
Lucky for you, I've got some great tips on how to clean your laundry room, from top to bottom, and keep it fresh from here on out!
- Toxic laundry detergent // swap // Thieves laundry detergent
- Toxic dryer sheets // swap // wool dryer balls with lavender or lemongrass essential oil
Let's start with Thieves Household Cleaner:
- Create a great, multi-purpose cleaning spray using a 1:30 ratio of cleaner to water in a spray bottle. Use this to spray down the outside of the washer and dryer, any counter tops, sinks, shelves and any pesky marks on the walls from the constant traffic of kids and husbands coming in and out and many, many loads of laundry being done.
- Washers can accumulate mold and mildew, especially if it's a front-load washer and even more so if your laundry room is on the small side. When you start to notice your washer giving off an icky smell, even after washing a load, it's time to check the plastic linings just inside of the washer door. There's a good chance you will find some pretty gross slime looking right back at you. Use your handy spray cleaner that you made to spray all around the inside of that plastic lining, the inside of the drum, and even the door on the inside. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. Come back to it and wipe it down. Depending on how dirty it is, you may need to do this a second time. Be prepared to be grossed out at what comes off onto the rag. Once you're done wiping it down, deodorize the entire washer by adding a cup of vinegar directly into the washer and a capful of Thieves cleaner where your detergent goes. Run an empty load on your hottest setting. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how fresh your washer smells once it's done. PRO TIP: After each load, leave your washer door open for about an hour to help dry out the inside to prevent more mold/mildew from growing. Also, it's wise to do a good clean and deodorizing at least once every 3 months or so.
- Young Living has come out with an amazing Thieves laundry soap that is 6X concentrated, meaning you only need about 1 tablespoon of detergent per load, saving you so much time and money! Plus, is smells amazing! You can also use Thieves cleaner as a detergent as well! Just add a capful to your detergent cup and wash away!
- To freshen your clothes without having to use the toxic dryer sheets that we used to by in the stores, just invest in a few wool dryer balls, add a few drops of your favorite YL essential oil and toss it in the dryer with your next load. Your clothes will thank you. So will your family. If you don't have the wool dryer balls, you can just add a few drops of EOs to a damp rag and toss it in with the clothes. Easy!
- One of my favorite floor cleaners is a combination of 1 cup vinegar, 2 drops of Purification EO, 2 drops of Lemon EO and about a teaspoon of Thieves dish soap... and a bucket full of hot water. Your floors will shine and it will deodorize your entire laundry room.
Now, let’s talk oils and laundry!
Wash your clothes using Young Living Thieves Laundry Soap*
*With a plant-based formula, Thieves Laundry Soap gently and naturally washes your clothes, cleaning them without any chemical or synthetic residue. Natural enzymes and powerful essential oils add to the formula’s strength to leave your clothes fresh and clean with a light citrus scent.
• Put 6-8 drops of the oil of your choice on your wool balls and throw them in with your laundry (lemongrass is my fave to use) Your clothes will come out smelling heavenly! Check out this video!
Also while we are in the laundry room... What about those pesky stains? I use Lemon EO or thieves cleaner on everything! Even for getting stains out... I’ve successfully used thieves cleaner to remove red wine stains, chocolate, juice, and all the nastiness that ends up on clothing! Just put a little thieves cleaner on the stain, gently scrub with an old toothbrush, let set for 5-10 min and throw it in the washer on cold!!
You and your laundry room will feel SO MUCH BETTER after you do these easy steps... and after a good deep clean to start out with, it will be even easier to keep your appliances clean (and keep them from breaking down) and your clothes fresh every day! You'll actually LOVE going in there to wash your mountains of laundry ;)
If you missed the post about "cleaning up your kitchen", here it is >>>