How to Clean Funky Smelling Cloth Napkins

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Thank you to A Domestic Wildflower for sharing with us how to clean smelly cloth napkins. If you are someone who likes to use cloth napkins, potholders, aprons and other kitchen linens, you will eventually need to give them a thorough cleaning to help rid the linens of the grease smell that lingers after using the cloths for several months. You may have noticed after using a high-efficiency washing machine that may use less water that sometimes there is a tiny bit of grease left behind. Using cloth napkins and kitchen linens is a great way to help the environment, they look good, and you should feel good about doing it. But rather than throw out those favorite linens when you can no longer get them smelling fresh again, you can use these simple tips to help get your kitchen napkins smelling like new again. The best part is that this cleaning trick is easy to do, and uses ingredients that you most likely already have around the house.

Before you go out and purchase any laundry detergents, or powdered laundry detergent you should try taking a look at the Environmental Workers Group site. This helpful site has ratings that let consumers know what level of concern is posed by exposure to the ingredients in the products that they list. The ratings on the site reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure a person receives or the level of individual susceptibility. The site was launched in 2012 to help people find safer non-toxic cleaners and products that fully disclose their ingredients and contain fewer ingredients that are hazardous to your health or that haven’t been thoroughly tested. Products are given a ranking with A being the lowest concern with no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment to F, which is the highest concern with potentially significant hazards to health or the environment.

You can also try making your DIY laundry detergent and powdered laundry detergent, that way you always know the ingredients that are inside. When using this DIY laundry detergent, you will have to treat stains with something before washing them, just as you would if you were using commercial laundry detergent. Tough stains can include grease and grass stains. The following are some of the natural laundry detergent stain removers you can try. For grease stains, you might try adding some baking soda to the wash load or pretreating the grease stain with some baking soda paste (baking soda and water).

For grass stains, you can use about a 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 2/3 cup of water and apply the natural laundry detergent to the stain and blot. Then repeat the process as needed then wash as you normally would. Thank you to Jenny for sharing this simple laundry detergent idea on how to clean funky smelling kitchen linens on "A Domestic Wildflower" site. This site has all sorts of useful tips on sewing, canning and preserving, cleaning, cooking, crafting, living and so much more. **

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