Four Essential Items You Need to Wash Your Clothing With

Four Essential Items You Need To Add To Your Laundry

Via Armelle Habib

Via Armelle Habib

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Baking Soda

Baking soda is harmless to the environment and has mild alkali qualities that help it dissolve grease and dirt. Baking soda can be especially helpful in areas served by hard water: Adding baking soda to a washing machine’s rinse cycle will result in clothes that are better rinsed, softer and more stain resistant.  Add 1/2 cup baking soda to top-loading machines or 1/4 cup for front-loading machines along with the usual amount of detergent to give the detergent a boost. Baking soda can help increase bleach’s whitening power so much that you’ll be able to use less bleach.

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via Apartment Therapy

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Vinegar

Like baking soda, vinegar can serve a lot of different purposes in the laundry room. When using vinegar in the laundry, use distilled white vinegar, which generally can be found in gallon jugs near the baking or laundry aisles in the grocery store.  A mixture of half water and half vinegar makes a good stain pretreatment.  Spray a little onto the stain a few minutes before washing and then wash as usual.

Vinegar  can also add a kick to regular laundry detergents. To soften a standard load of wash, add 1/2 cup vinegar during your machine’s last rinse cycle. In addition to softening, vinegar added at this time will help reduce lint buildup, and it tends to help pet owners with hair buildup on their fabrics.

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via HomeBunch

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Salt

Adding salt to your laundry helps to restore and maintain bright colors in fabrics.  Additionally, it can reduce yellowing in whites and is efficient in eliminating mildew in fabrics.  Simply shake a little into your wash for softer and brighter laundry (think Purex Crystals, minus the potentially harmful chemicals).  Just be sure to use regular old kosher salt (or sea salt), not Epsom salt.  The latter is a composition of magnesium sulfate, which will create hard water (hard water is caused by the combination of the two minerals calcium and magnesium, so epsom salt essentially makes your hard water even harder, thus having the opposite effect on clothing).

Also, placing some sea salt in a sachet and washing & drying your laundry with it will help to eliminate static cling.

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Via DecorPad

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Lemon Juice

Adding 1/2 cup of lemon juice to a load of laundry will make the entire load smell fresher.  Surprisingly, adding lemon juice to a load of whites will also whiten the load.  It also works as a powerful stain remover when combined with cream of tartar, and is especially efficient at removing sweat stains from clothing (see the cheat cheat below!).  Lemon juice is also a great air freshener.  To make your own, combine equal parts lemon juice and water in a spray bottle, and use on your apparel, on your furniture, and around your home for odor control.

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What are your favorite laundry hacks?  Do you use any of these?

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Runway Report: Everything You Need to Know from New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

All of the Highlights From NYFW You’ll Want To Know About (Besides Strippers at Alexander Wang)

Karlie Kloss’ darling Barbie-looking wrap dress at DVF.

KARLIE KLOSS DVF SS16

The model who tripped at Givenchy, and the two darling gentlemen that immediately helped her up….which made me notice all of the models shoes looked like they were untied…

GIVENCHYSS16 MODEL WHO FELL

The plethora of other Barbie-worthy dresses at Carolina Herrera.

Carolina Herrera Fashion Show Ready to Wear Collection Spring Summer 2016 in New York

The cringe-worthy idea that models should take selfie-sticks on the same runway…

SELFIE STICK DESIGUAL SS16

The Always Gorgeous, Fairytale-kinda Beauty, Marchesa show.

marchesa ss16

The rainbow eyelids at Betsey Johnson.

RAINBOW EYELIDS BETSEY JOHNSON SSS16

That Dress at Givenchy.  Yes, please.

At first I thought this dress was the dress to make all other black fur dresses obsolete....

At first I thought this dress was the dress to make all other black fur dresses obsolete….

But then I saw this one, and it made me question everything.... Sigh (#whitegirlproblems).

But then I saw this one, and it made me question everything…. Sigh (#whitegirlproblems).

The gorgeous braids at Herve Leger.

HERVE LEGER BRAIDS SS16

The Awkward Nipple Dress at Idan Cohen.

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And That Gorgeous Yellow & Pink Crop Top & Trousers Ensemble at Idan Cohen.

Idan Cohen ss16 yellow pink crop top trousers

Marc Jacobs’ Indescribable Super-Hollywood Show at the Zeigfeld Theatre.  Hence, the following video:

Shiny, Pretty Things! at Tory Burch.

tory burch ss16 shiny

Americana-Inspired Plaids & Red, Whites, & Blues at Victoria Beckham.

victoria beckham ss16

The white bikini at Herve Leger.

herve léger ss16 bikini

Legs for Days at Altuzarra.

altuzarra ss16

Anna Sui’s Rockabilly Beach Party.

Anna Sui SS16

The Mohawk Headphones at Desigual.

desigual ss16 mohawk headphones

Those Lace-Up Shoes at Derek Lam.

derek lam ss16 shoes

The Bucket Hats at BCBG.
BCBG SS16 Bucket hats

What were your favorite highlights at New York Fashion Week?  What shows did you like the best?  Share in the comments section below!

stay lovely, xo

Ultimate Fashion Bloggers Reveal Their Secret Tips

Fashion Union, a shopping destination for chic apparel and accessories, recently approached me with a couple questions about blogging.  With questions on topics from designing a website to finding inspiration, the answers bloggers gave are very helpful to fashion bloggers that are not only starting out, but also to many who have been at it for years.  Read on for answers, and be sure to check out the fantastic blogs featured!

sophie geisenhoffWhat tips do you find to be most helpful?  Also, if you have any other questions to add, feel free to send me a message or post a comment!

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