Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Smelly Towels?!

Ever wonder why your towels quit drying you off so well? Or why no matter how many times you wash them they still tend to have a slight scent to them other than the detergent and softener? Well, that is because over time towels soak up a lot of detergent and fabric softener; And with the material full of detergent and softener, how is it going to soak up water when you use it? Well, it's not. I never really noticed that my towels weren't soaking up the water like they were suppose to until I tried this. My husband even noticed the difference.

Fill your washing machine with one load of towels.
Pour 1 cup of white vinegar either directly onto the towels or in the detergent spot. DO NOT USE DETERGENT OR FABRIC SOFTENER.
Turn the temperature up as high as it will go.
Leave towels in the washer.
Pour 1/2 cup of Baking Soda onto the towels. DO NOT USE DETERGENT OR FABRIC SOFTENER.
Again, turn the temperature up as high as it will go.
Dry towels normally.

Your towels will not smell like vinegar. Actually, they won't have a smell at all unless you use a dryer sheet in the dryer.
I would suggest doing this every other month, or as often as you prefer. I do mine whenever they start to get a strong detergent or other smell to them, which is normally only every other month.

Have a fresh day! :)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Vanilla Orange Body Scrub. :)

It has been awhile since I've posted anything. Everything got super busy for us. Tests, baby stuff, Easter, and of course, my nesting. :) Baby McKinzee will be here soon! :) We cannot wait.

I decided to share with everyone a great way to moisturize your skin using things from the kitchen. :) Yes, the kitchen. And, it smells like it's from a name brand company. It also feels like it when you use it. :) It's so simple, and takes not even two minutes to make. It's a body scrub. And oh how great it works!

Vanilla Orange Body Scrub

3 parts Brown Sugar
1 part Granulated Sugar
1 part Olive Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
A few drops Orange Essential Oil (Optional, you could also use any kind of warming oil or essential oil)

You want to use more brown sugar than granulated sugar. It just feels so much better. I did this one in parts because there really is no right or wrong way to make this.

Mix all ingredients together.
You can make it as wet or dry as you would like. If you like your body scrubs more wet, add more olive oil. If you like it more dry, add less olive oil.
You do not have to use any essential oils. It smells great without them. However, I like the smell of the vanilla and orange mixed. :) Also, I went to walmart in search of essential oils (There were none), and found warming oils. They work just as well as essential oils. :) If you have sensitive skin, I don't suggest using warming oils in place of essential oils, or even using essential oils.

This body scrub works wonders for moisturizing my skin! :) Try it out! Let me know how it works for you! And what smells you used and if you changed anything! I love trying new things. :)

Have a smooth night. :)