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Linen Water Makes Ironing a Little Less Boring
Ironing is a chore. Try adding some scented linen water with essential oils into your ironing regiment to break the monotony and add your favorite fragrance to your clothes or bedding. You can buy pre-made linen water at the store, but why not make your own?
- 1/8 cup of high proof vodka. Any brand will do. The vodka serves as an emulsifier for the oils as well as a preservative.
- About 100 drops of essential oil. Lavender is the most popular scent but you can use any fragrance of essential oil you’d like.
- 2-1/2 cups of distilled water.
Pour the vodka and essential oil in a large spray bottle. Shake to combine. Add the distilled water. The mixture may become cloudy over time, this is normal. Shake before each use. Spray your linen water on your clothes while ironing. Your freshly ironed clothes will smell great and you’ll feel like you went that extra little step to make something special 🙂
White Vinegar Sets Colors
Vinegar works to set colors in fabrics, but you do have to remember to add it to the rinse cycle. Adding about a cup of white vinegar during your washers rinse cycle will help keep your colors from fading and looking old and worn. This method can also be used as a less expensive, natural clothing softener. Don’t worry, the smell washes out.
It’s also a good idea to wash colors inside out, in cold water and try hanging your laundry outside to dry. Nothing smells better than fresh laundry that has been dried in the sunshine 🙂
What Type of Water Should You Use in Your Iron?
Always use distilled water in your iron when using the steam setting. Regular tap water contains minerals that can build up over time and clog your irons steam vents or nozzle.
If your iron is clogged from using tap water, try these tips:
- Clean the water reservoir by filling it half way with white vinegar. Steam iron a clean cloth until the vinegar is gone. Repeat using distilled water to rinse the vinegar from the water chamber.
- After cleaning the reservoir, check the steam vents. If they have build up, use an old toothbrush or q-tips with some baking soda, or toothpaste, to clear them out. Rinse with distilled water. You may want to run it through the steam iron process again to be sure all is clean and clear.
- Clean the sole plate by scouring with salt. Rinse with distilled water and dry completely. If the sole plate is really bad, use equal parts white vinegar and salt. Heat the mixture in a saucepan. Before it starts boiling, dip a clean cloth into the mixture and scrub. Use a fresh cloth to rinse with distilled water and dry.
- Final step…never use tap water in your iron again so you never have to do steps one, two or three 🙂
Keeping Your Colors Vivid
To keep your new clothes from fading and looking worn too soon, add a few dashes of salt to your wash cycle along with your detergent. Salt will help prevent the dyes in colored laundry loads from bleeding, thus keeping the color in the fabric. Depending on the size of the load, use up to 1/2 cup of salt. Adding salt to your wash load can also help brighten the once vivid colors in fading fabrics.