Do you do a load of washing every day? Are you throwing your clothes into the laundry basket after wearing them only once? If you are then you are probably washing your clothes too often, which wastes a lot of water, uses up your laundry powder far too quickly and wears out your lovely clothes much faster.

This week let’s bring back the art of spot washing! Next time something has a dirty mark on it, instead of washing the whole thing try the tips below.

These days we do tend to wash our clothes far too much. I remember when I was growing up my mother was a big fan of the can of dry clean which you used to spray on spots then wait for it to dry and brush off.

I bought some Levis a while ago and asked the very helpful shop assistant what care tips she had, she replied: “Try not to wash them unless you absolutely have to.”
She suggested hanging them out to air, spot washing and popping them in the freezer overnight to kill off any bacteria.

Natural Spot Washing Guide

1. Simply dab with some soda water if you have some, or plain water with a clean cloth. You’ll be amazed how much of the spot will come off just doing that.
2. Hold the spot under your cold tap and turn it on so that there is a slow trickle. As the water filters through the spot it will take it with it.
3. Dampen the spot then rub on a little mild castile soap such as Green Goddess Lime & Lemongrass Stain Remover Bar  – do not use a soap which has any colour in it or you will end up with a coloured spot! Rub gently then hold under warm running water.
4. If the spot is especially stubborn dampen with water then rub with mild soap then sprinkle with a little baking soda and leave for half an hour. Rinse under running water
5. If the spot is on white clothes dampen with water, rub on some mild soap then sprinkle with half a teaspoon of oxygen bleach and rub in. Leave overnight then rinse out.

If there are no spots but your clothes just smell a little stale or reek of last night’s takeaway then a day outside in the breeze and some sun will soon fix that. Or if you are in a hurry spray garments with Green Goddess Antibacterial Spray to rid them of odours and bacteria.

natural anti-bacterial spray
Green Goddess Antibacterial Spray is still one of our most popular products because it has so many uses with the anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antiseptic qualities of orange, lavender and eucalyptus oils.
* Spray on surfaces which need more than a simple clean such as chopping boards and toddler’s high-chairs.
* Use in sick rooms to keep germs at bay.
* Use instead of a hand sanitiser to keep hands super-clean.
* Spray stale smelling clothes to give them a refresh and kill bacteria.
* Use as an air-freshener in toilets and kitchens.

This was one of the first products Wendyl made and we use it often. I keep a bottle in the toilet as an air freshener but also to give the toilet seat a quick spray to kill germs. I also have one in the kitchen for spraying chopping boards and I often give the fridge a good spray.  It’s also great to have on hand when travelling to spray hotel sheets, hands and clothes.