For some reason, I have always loved fabric. I am drawn to muted colors, soft patterns and most importantly the feel of the fabric itself. My love for fabric extends past the cut counter; I am a dedicated gal when it comes to protecting my fabric! Here are my secrets for keeping the fabrics in your home as well as your clothes, looking and smelling amazing!
Something I am constantly complimented on is my laundry. It’s MY THING. Aside from one close girlfriend (you know who you are, love you!), I may just have the best smelling, and softest laundry around. I love the smell and feel of freshy-fresh laundry, and I actually love the chore of doing the wash. I am very particular when it comes to sorting my clothes as well how they are washed and with what products. I call it my “routine.” Here’s my secret to keeping your clothes from fading or shrinking while also smelling AMAZING.
- Sorting “lights” and “darks” is not enough. I sort into 6 piles. Whites: Anything that is 90% white and made of similar material. Darks: Blues, greys, greens, you get it. Lights: Tans, pinks, yellows. Jeans: only wash jeans with jeans. Always turn them inside out to keep them from fading. Towels/sheets: I combine these two when washing towels and sheets of the same color, the reason is that this is the only load I was in HOT water. Delicate: This includes, but is not limited to bras, panties, anything that says hand wash, and anything that has tassels or ties.
- Washing. I wash everything except towels and sheets in cold water. This is crucial! You can get away with washing whites in warm water but be sure there’s nothing that will shrink. By washing your clothes in cold they will keep their shape and color much longer. For towels and sheets I often use the “sanitize” setting. Dedicates I use the “hand wash” setting and No or Low spin cycle. Also, for delicates, bras can be washed in the hand wash cycle but you absolutely need to put them in a mesh bag to protect their shape. If your machine has an agitator, you’ll have to hand wash your bras in the sink.
- Products. My tried and true detergent is Gain. I’ve tried a couple of other products from time to time but never love them as much as my Gain. Downy. I use a cap full, every load. This will cut down on static, help keep colors true, help keep shape and you can’t beat the feel. Other fabric softeners don’t come close to Downy. Downy UnStoppable Beads- My girlfriend turned me on to these when they first came out. OH man, they’re amazing. I use a cap full in every load. Bounce. I use 3-5 sheets in every load except towels. If you use Bounce with your towels they will repel water.
- Drying. Ok, this is a biggy. When in doubt don’t dry. Jeans-hang. Sweaters-lie flat. Bras-please do not put them in the dryer, ever! Dresses, hang. The dryer is the Devil when it comes to keeping your clothes looking nice. Stick to cotton materials, towels and sheets only in the dryer.
I usually do at least a load of laundry a day so I don’t have a back up of clothes at the end of the week. Try my routine, you’re going to LOVE it!
Did you know you need to care for the fabric your shoes are made of? I am a crazy Scotchguard spray girl with my shoes. Any suede, even faux suede gets spray spray sprayed away. Your shoes will last so much longer if you spray them prior to the first wear. I usually do 3 coats of spray. Evenly coating each shoe and letting dry between coats will do the job. This little step which takes 1 day (let them dry over night before wearing) will add so much life to your kicks. Bootie season is upon us…I couldn’t help myself…3 new pairs all sprayed and ready for a cool down in weather!
This is my newest addiction. Scotchguarding the house. I was recently at my girlfriend’s who had two cans of Scotchguard on her kitchen counter. I had just ordered the fabric protector but didn’t even know the carpet protector exited! Holy Hallelujah I was excited! Thanks to Amazon prime, I got my cans in two days and now my whole house is spill proof! I highly recommend spraying your furniture and rugs. It takes little effort, dries quickly and will keep your home looking nice for years. I did 3 coats on our dining room chairs and carpet, living room chairs and carpet, and the window seat cushion…so far. If you’ve had your furniture for a while it’s not too late. Vacuum each piece, and spot clean any areas then spray away!
I can’t wait to hear how much you love slipping into your soft, yummy smelling sheets after trying my routine! And as far as your house goes, go ahead, invite the neighbors over for red wine and spagettii!
XxOo Spoiled Gal
*as always, click the pictures to take you directly to the link. As always again, I am not getting paid to tell you this…I genuinely love these things and want to share their greatness! Also…the cute bootiess are all from one of my favorite boutiques, Vici, clicking the link will take you there! XO