Scent Secrets: Is Your Detergent Making Your Clothes Smell?

Scent Secrets Is Your Detergent Making Your Clothes Smell

Unless you can afford to have your clothing and all of your basics washed for you, you more than likely deal with some of the everyday laundry challenges many of us face. While it may seem like a somewhat simple task, perfecting the craft of laundering clothing to get that perfect scent takes the right products, and the right cycles. You use detergents to clean your clothing, fight stains, and keep your clothing looking bright, but what you may not know is most of the leading products on the market use artificial scents that could fail to get rid of odor, and fail to leave your laundry fresh. Read on, and find out what is causing that distinct odor even after your laundry has gone through a super wash cycle.
It’s All in the Ingredients and How Much You Use
Traditional laundry detergent that is manufactured by some of the leading companies in the industry may contain artificial scents that are meant to leave clothes fresh, but it also contains an alkyl-sulfate surfactant. This surfactant compound is used to breakdown water, oils, and dirt. Since it is derived from fatty acids, when anyone washing their laundry uses too much of the detergent, it can create a scum that will biodegrade extremely fast, and create their own rancid smell in the washer.
This scum can be found at the surface of the washer, and is a delicacy for mildew and bacteria to feed on. Ultimately, as the wash cycle continues, the residues found in the basket of the washer will transfer to your clothes and give them an inexplicable stench.

How to Prevent This from Happening
To prevent this smell from happening, you need to use the appropriate amount of detergent so that the scum does not accumulate and feed bacteria. By cutting off the food source, you should have no further problems. You will also need to disinfect your washer with a hot rinse cycle and bleach to kill the bacteria that may be calling the liner of your washer home.
If you have a heavy hand when it comes to pouring your detergent, just know that your washing machine will begin to harbor mold, mildew, and scum. If you don’t want to buy organic products for laundering, use what the natural products use to prevent this problem. By adding a few drops of lavender essential oil, you can help ward off the stink with the anti-mold properties in the oil, and still wear fresh-smelling clothing.

You might also be able to fight lingering smells with odor fighting fabrics. Companies like Underfit Men’s Undershirts make odor resistant and breathable men’s white undershirts. Other places sell workout clothes with mesh material which can help wick away sweat and keep your lingering smells down after washes.

 

Look for ways you can cut down on strange smells in the laundry room with these ideas. Being careful with detergent, washing and rinsing your machines, and looking for odor resistant fabrics can be a good start.

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

 

Thank you Brooke, another amazing guest post!

Where Can Young Moms Find the Best Steals on Baby Supplies?

Where Can Young Moms Find the Best Steals on Baby Supplies

Having a baby is expensive, with out-of-pocket expenses ranging upwards of $3,000if you happen to have health insurance. After footing the bill for doctor’s visits, hospital stays, and extra days off, you might be nervous about buying all of the other baby equipment your friends and family members say you need. Fortunately, you might be able to save a bundle by shopping smart. Here are four tips for finding the best steals on baby supplies, so you can save money and focus on your new addition.

 

Saturday Morning Garage Sales

When babies grow up, parents find themselves with loads of extra gizmos, gadgets, and furniture—which they tend to get rid of later. After all, who wants to fill their spare bedroom with baby bouncers and port-a-cribs? Fortunately, you might be able to score some great deals on baby gear by checking out Saturday morning garage sales. Believe it or not, these days some garage sales are held online via social media, so you can see what people are selling before you drive across town.

 

The Scratch-and-Dent Section

Sure, that pristine mahogany crib might seem like the perfect addition to your nursery, but as soon as your baby learns to bite, toss, and smear, those spindles might be dinged and dirty in no time. Instead of paying for perfect furniture, swallow your pride and peruse the scratch-and-dent section of your favorite furniture store. The furniture might not be perfect, but you might be able to save some serious money on pieces that won’t stay pristine anyway.

 

Online Auction Sites

Online auction sites like Craigslist and Ebay might not seem like attractive places to shop for baby items, but you can save a bundle on things like shoes, clothing, bedding, books, and toys. Some sellers even sell baby gear in large lots, so you can score several items for one low package price.

 

Send In Those Free Vouchers

Before you leave the hospital, your nurse will give you a folder jam packed with offers from baby supply manufacturers. Although it might seem time-intensive to send in vouchers for free bottles, formula, and nursing covers, tossing that paperwork might mean hundreds of dollars worth of missed gear. Always take advantage of free offers, no matter how small.

You can also find a lot of good coupons online. Sites like Discountrue.com often offer some of the best deals for Nordstrom.com so you can save at stores you love.

 

With all of the money you save on baby supplies, you might be able to extend your maternity leave and snuggle that brand new baby.

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

 

Thank you again Brooke, another brilliant and helpful article!

High-Risk Pregnancy: What Expecting Moms Should Expect During the Third Trimester

High-Risk Pregnancy What Expecting Moms Should Expect During The Third Trimester

If you are expecting and you have a high-risk pregnancy, every day that passes is a milestone as you continue to carry your baby. Whether you have an underlying health condition, you are an older woman, you have a history of miscarriages, or some other risk factor, you face special challenges while you are expecting. Making it to the third trimester is cause for celebration. The finish line is in sight and you have a greater chance of carrying your baby full term. Now you need to prepare for the final stretch and know what to expect.

Visits to a High-Risk Obstetrician Increase
Most expectant mothers see their obstetrician once a month until the last month when visits will become monthly. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you will likely be referred to a maternal-fetal specialist (Source: Dr. Gilbert Webb). Expect to make visits to the doctor’s office more often in the last three months as you continue to carry your baby. You and your baby will be monitored closely in anticipation of any complications. The goal is to reach the 36 week mark if at all possible to avoid a premature birth.

Expect Tests and Screenings
As you head into the last stretch of your pregnancy, your obstetrician will request testing to head off any problems that may arise. Expect to be screened for a GBS infection, otherwise known as a group B streptococcus infection. This is a type of bacteria that is commonly found in the vagina for many women without any adverse effects. However, it can cause a life-threatening infection for your baby upon delivery. If the bacteria is present, you will be put on antibiotics when you go into labor to protect your baby. A non-stress test is likely as well. This test is generally performed after you have reached the 26 week period. The doctor will be monitoring your baby’s movements and heart beat in order to gauge response to stimuli. A buzzer may be used if your baby is sleeping or inactive in order to trigger a response. An ultrasound will be performed to check your baby’s development, including the development of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Ultrasound is used in order to guide your doctor during an amniocentesis procedure. Amniocentesis is common in the third trimester for high-risk pregnancies to ensure your baby’s lungs are developed enough in the event of an early delivery. The doctor can check for infection in the amniotic fluid as well.

Be Prepared for Possible Complications in the Final Stages of Pregnancy
As a mother with a high-risk pregnancy, you may be more likely to develop complications, such as gestational diabetes, a temporary condition that will resolve itself after pregnancy. Ask your doctor about being tested. Preeclampsia is more common at this point as well in which you have a sudden, dramatic spike in blood pressure. If you have a severe headache, problems with your vision, or intense pain in your abdomen, seek medical attention to avoid the risk of stroke and seizures. Your water may break early or you could go into preterm labor. You may also have issues with your placenta, such as previa placenta that causes the placenta to become implanted over the opening of your cervix. Heavy, sudden bleeding is an indicator of this problem. Be sure to see your doctor if this should occur.

A high-risk pregnancy brings many challenges with it. However, making it to the third trimester is reason for hope. Keep your appointments with your obstetrician, follow all instructions to the letter, and take care of yourself. Listen to your body and rest when you need it. Be sure to stay in touch with your doctor if you have any concerns in order to have peace of mind as the end approaches.

 

 

~ Lizzie Weakley ~

 

Thanks Lizzie for this great article!

Outfitting the Kids: How Parents can save on School Clothes

Outfitting the Kids How Parents can Save on School Clothes

Between book bags, lunchboxes, shoes, and a nearly endless list of school and classroom supplies, back to school shopping can really add up. In addition to the initial costs, kids just keep growing, so school clothes typically have to be replenished throughout the year. Below are some easy ways parents can save on school clothes this year and get the best deals.

Shop Used

Shopping consignment shops or yard sales can help drastically reduce your bill, while still allowing you to get cute and high quality clothes. Consignment shopping has increased significantly in popularity, as families seek to save money and benefit the environment. If you are interested, there is likely a consignment shop in your area and there are also many reputable online shops that sell quality used clothing at a fraction of the cost of new.
Take Advantage of Coupons and Sales
Many stores offer deep discounts, online deals, and coupons to loyal customers. Take advantage of these sales and coupons. If you need coupons for a certain store and have already used yours, ask around with friends. Swapping coupons is a great way to help ensure everyone gets coupons they can best use. Don’t throw away unused coupons or go shopping at your favorite store without some on hand. The internet and social media have made coupon swapping even easier and more convenient. Sites like Discountrue also offer brand name discounts like kohls.com coupons and more.
Think Gender Neutral When Appropriate
If you have multiple children, hand-me-downs can be a huge help when it comes to saving money. Unfortunately, if you have children of the opposite gender, the opportunities to pass clothes down are much fewer. Think ahead and try to buy gender neutral when appropriate. Most clothing available is gendered one way of the other, but other items such as rain slickers, snow pants, and mud boots can easily be gender neutral and passed down from boy to girl or vice versa.
Make a List
Though typically thought of when going to the grocery store, making lists can be just as beneficial to the school shopper. It is easy to get sucked into the vortex of school supplies and clothes and over-buy on certain items while forgetting others. If you have children shopping with you, it can become a free-for-all as they toss things into the cart. Having a disciplined approach and a list that needs checked off can make shopping less chaotic and less expensive.

Back to school time is full of change, excitement, and apprehension for many kids and families. Trying to make school shopping fun and special for kids without breaking your wallet can be difficult, but not impossible. Keep your eyes open for deals and be creative with how and where you spend your money.

 

 

~ Brooke Chaplan ~

 

Another amazing article from Brooke, and at the best time possible! School on the horizon, everyone needs a deal!