Monday, February 1, 2016

Zero Waste Tip: How to make your clothes smell amazing

I love the smell of freshly washed clothes. There is something comforting for me in wearing an item which smells like it came right out of the washing machine. In the past I would use a lot of fabric softener and strong detergent to get that nice fragrance. I would go as far as washing something which was not dirty just to get that ‘’clean’’ feel back to the clothes which is just totally wasteful. 
As I use a lot of technical clothing now (hiking, cycling) that cannot come to contact with normal detergent, I stopped using fabric softener and I now only use a natural detergent without any fragrance. I wash my clothes on 30 °C most of the time, so overall my clothes come out clean but without that lovely smell. I learned a great tip from my mum which I will share with you!

The secret is soap bars. All you need to do is pop them in your drawers or closet, next to your clothes and let them work their magic. The best soaps are the really fragrant ones as they can last for years.

I don’t wrap the bars in anything but if you are worried about the oils in the soap damaging your clothes, just wrap them in a piece of thin fabric. Even if I don’t wear something in my wardrobe for a while, it still has that lovely fresh feeling, without me having to waste resources on washing something unnecessarily.

And whenever I need a hand soap, I just take one out of my drawer and I am good to go. 


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