August 07, 2014

Laundering for Three Boys

Little boys provide unique challenges to mothers who wash their sons’ clothes and linens. Boys seem to have a special scent they leave on the clothing. Oh wait! A certain reek. So the challenge is to purge the smell of boys while laundering.

I have experimented with making my own laundry soap and different brands to find what works best to remove the smell of three little boys. I have found a way to make their clothes and linens smell clean! What’s my secret? I use warm water, baking soda-based laundry detergent, and borax. The sodium carbonate and borax make it smell clean. I'm trying out vinegar in the rinse cycle now. I almost forget that my boys wore the clothes.

Sodium carbonate is super washing soda, and pool soda ash. Sodium bicarbonate is baking soda, which is edible, unlike sodium carbonate.