My poor, poor clothes…
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This is embarrassing. I mean…this is really embarrassing. I almost don’t want to share this part of my life because let’s face it, it’s preventable. I am hoping that I am not the only one who does this so, let’s continue…
*insert deep inhale here*
My name is Stacie and I leave my clothes in the washing machine for too long! 😬😱🤭 Raise your hand if you share in my absent mindedness. 🙋🏽♀️🙋🏽♀️🙋🏽♀️ See? I knew it wasn’t just me!
I can tell you exactly why I do it. I start off great. I transition 3 loads of clothes from my dirty clothes hamper to the washing machine to the dryer. I start feeling myself, getting a little arrogant, and I think, “I got this!” and then, it happens. I put a load of clothes in the washing machine and…I go do something else. That’s it! I just go do something else and in the going of doing this random thing, I forget that I have clothes in the washer…for days. DAYS!
On the day that I remember to go back and check on my clothes, I open the lid and you guessed it? STINK! Ugh…🤢
So, what do I do now? In the past (because I’ve done this enough to actually run experiments on what would actually cut the stink), I’ve rewashed the clothes. They smell fine until…the heat of my body brings that stink out. Usually when I’m at work, helping a student, and I hear, “Mrs. Binford, what’s that smell? It smells like old socks!” You should have seen my face. The horror.
Then, I tried rewashing with hot water (a no no for me). No go. Hot water and Pine-Sol (I’m not joking). This did a little better but, I’d walk around smelling like Mrs. Clean all day.
After going through this debacle for years, I came across this little bottle of Purification™. The same bottle that I used to get the smoke smell out of my truck. My thoughts were that if I could get the smoke smell out with it, surely it would take that smell out of clothes that I left in the washing machine for too long. So, the next time I did it, this is what I tried:
I left the clothes in the washer and then, where I would add fabric softener, I added some white vinegar, 10 drops of Purification™ and 5 drops of Lemon essential oil. I set the wash to my normal “cold” temperature and I let her rip!
Once the cycle finished, I went to get my clothes. I smelled and smelled looking for that smell. I didn’t find it. But, I wasn’t sold. It hadn’t completely passed the test. I dried the clothes and wore a pair of pants the next day.
Nothing. Well, that’s not true. I smelled the lemon but, at least it wasn’t old socks AND it wasn’t a chemical “Clean” sent either. It just smelled like actual lemons. So, that was it! I was sold.
I wish I could say that I have since stopped leaving my clothes in the washing machine but…yeah. No such luck. I don’t have an oil for that…yet!😉
Until next time…