Part of my Spring Cleaning routine is to rotate my clothes. Another much dreaded tasks. I go through all my clothes in my closet and pack all the winter stuff up and pull out my spring clothes, wash them all (sometimes a couple of times to get that smell out) This time though, it was different in a good way!
So what changed? This year I tackled the project a little differently. First I had switched to Protective Blend Laundry soap. One of my favorite things about Protective Blend Laundry soap is how in nullifies odors. My husband is a jogger. Five days a week he jogs and comes home dripping in sweat and smelling not so nice. When the Protective Blend Laundry Soap came out, I admit I was skeptical. I’d struggled with other homemade or natural non-toxic laundry soaps before and it seemed like they didn’t clean as well or smell as fresh. So the first time I threw those nasty jogging clothes in the washer with that detergent I didn’t expect much but I was floored by the difference. They came out smelling great and the next time he went jogging they didn’t smell. I was hooked and have used it ever since.
This winter when I packed up my spring clothes I tried a new approach. First I used the Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder to get everything folded nicely and super compact. (If you get one of these bad boys get the Spector Starter Pack for a much better value). So for once I got all my clothes in one box which was a huge win because then I didn’t get grief from my husband. Second I took 100% cotton balls and put a drop of Peppermint essential oil on them and put them in the box. Peppermint is a great odor eliminator and spiders hate peppermint as much as I’m afraid of them. I know it is an irrational fear but it runs pretty deep with me. My poor husband has to catch and release them outside because even though I’m terrified of them it isn’t their fault.
So this year when I opened my box of spring clothes fully expecting the usual routine of taking them out of the box, having to launder them at least once, I was pleasantly surprised. They smelled like peppermint and almost all of them were unwrinkled. So I just hung them up in the closet and was good to go! Who knew that essential oils could make this project so much easier?
Tip: If you haven’t used essential oils Protective Blend Laundry soap, it is super concentrated. One tablespoon if you have HE washers and two if you have regular ones. I also use wool dryer balls and put a drop of Purify or Wild Orange on them instead of dryer sheets. No more nasty chemicals and they cut the drying time. Try it. I know you’ll love it. Now I’m off to pack up those winter clothes!