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How I Clean and Keep Things White
2021-01-05 08:08:56

How I Clean and Keep Things White

BEDDING (And White Clothing/Towels) = DETERGENT + OXYCLEAN POWDER

 

Yes! We have white sheets and white pillow cases and a white duvet. And yes, the dogs sleep with us. (I never thought I’d be someone who let their dogs sleep in bed, but here we are. I wouldn’t want it any other way.) I wash our bedding at least once a week, which I think is the bare minimum from a hygienic standpoint. I love freshly washed sheets. 

I wash our bedding completely separately from everything else. I am obviously not worried about shrinkage or anything, so I set the washer to whites and the dryer to the highest dry and heat settings. I recently started using OxyClean High Def Detergent in lieu of my regular detergent (which I use on regular clothes still) and let me tell you, it’s a GAME CHANGER. I didn’t even know I could be this enthusiastic about detergent, but you’d think I was filming a TV commercial every time I marvel while pulling out our white bedding from the dryer. So. White. Every. Time.

 



RUGS = TOOTHBRUSHES + OXYCLEAN MAXFORCE + BISSELL PORTABLE CLEANER + STAIN & ODOR CLEANER

 Our rugs get a lot of foot traffic. Between us and the dogs and our lack of mudroom, they take a beating.

So for small spots, I can mostly just use a toothbrush, a bowl of warm water, and some kind of spray. The key is to try to get as much of whatever it is out as fast as possible by blotting a towel. Then I soak the area with warm water and spray with some OxyClean MaxForce. I let that sit for 10-15 minutes and then use a toothbrush and warm water to scrub the stain away. Sometimes it takes a few rounds.  I just keep at it every 15 minutes or so until the stain disappears.

For bigger spots or when I’m going to clean the full rug, I switch to the Bissell Portable Cleaner. If you take only one recommendation from this post, let it be THIS MACHINE. It does an amazing job with just warm water, but I always add the recommended amount of cleaner to it as well.

 

 

 WHITE COUCHES

White couches seem like an absolutely horrible idea. In theory, they should be. But I prefer them because you can see the dirt. With a darker colored couch, who knows what kind of stains are hiding. I clean the couch cushions every one to two weeks. I invested in a couch that is entirely slipcovered. The whole thing can be washed!

DETERGENT + OXYCLEAN POWDER + OXYCLEAN GEL STICK

The process is pretty similar to washing the bedding with a few tweaks. First, I pre-treat any major stains with the Gel Stick. I wash the cushion covers in one load and then do the big base cover in a separate load. I add a scoop of the powder into the drum and fill it with water to presoak everything. If the cushions were particularly dirty, I let them soak overnight. But usually an hour or two does the trick. Then I run the washer with the detergent and dry on high. Bam! Comes out like new.

 

WHITE SNEAKERS

I live normally in my sneakers so a little dirt here and there happens.

TOOTHBRUSH + OXYCLEAN SPRAY

So it depends on the shoe, but I wash almost all of my sneakers in the washer. I pop them into a pillowcase (make sure it’s one that closes, like a sham) and fill the washer with towels so they don’t just bang around against nothing. Then I just air dry them in a sunny spot. If there’s a major spot, I spray a bit of the OxyClean onto the brush (not the shoe) and rub it into the sneaker. Then I repeat over and over with warm water until the stain is gone and then… air dry in a sunny spot!

 

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