How to: Keep Your Tyke's Clothes Fresh in the Humidity
Keep Your Tyke’s Clothes Fresh in the Humidity
If you are a fellow high humidity area dweller or you keep clothes in storage seasonally means that there is a great chance of unwanted guests showing up: mold and mildew!
If left unchecked, mold and mildew can not only make a mess of your children’s clothing but it can also get onto your skin and cause rashes! We’ve put together some quick, easy, and green tips so that your tyke’s clothes stay fresh!
It all starts with your washing machine!
Deep cleaning your washing machine with vinegar. Add 2-4 cups of white vinegar to the detergent dispenser. Run a complete wash cycle on the hottest setting. Add 1 cup of baking soda and run another wash cycle. When you're finished, wipe dry with a microfiber cloth.
You can use essential oils.
Instead of using scented laundry detergent, scent your clothing with essential oils by putting 10-20 drops on a scrap of fabric or on 2-3 wool dryer balls and then toss it in with the rest of your laundry.
There are many different scents to choose from but lavender is the most common and a natural disinfectant. Store your clothing between seasons with a pillow of fresh (dried) lavender to keep them from discolouring and to discourage bacteria from growing, and use a fabric bag (not plastic) so the items can breathe. Plastic harbours humidity which can be a problem in tropical climates.
Don’t forget the baking soda!
Baking soda is a natural deodoriser and brightener, and it’s probably already in your pantry!
Add ½ cup to the rinse cycle of your washing machine. It will help to balance the pH level in your wash load to lighten stains and reduce any lingering odours.
Shoes deserve some love too!
It’s the first reaction when you see a favourite pair of shoes grow an unwelcome guest. Fear not! In a recent blog, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to cleaning shoes here.
Another great way to naturally get rid of the smell in very smelly clothing and shoes is to seal the item into a plastic bag and place it in the freezer. It is important to make sure the bag is completely sealed so the item only gets cold, not wet. Leave for a few days for the cold to kill all of the bacteria.