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New School Spring Cleaning Laundry Tips and Hacks

I’ve mentioned to you before that I really do get excited about spring cleaning, as strange as that may sound. I love the feeling of clearing out and starting over!

New School Spring Cleaning Laundry Tips and Hacks

One area that often gets overlooked when we talk about spring cleaning is the laundry. Today’s laundry isn’t just about cleaning your clothes, it’s about saving time and protecting the investment you’ve made in your clothing.

One of the main things people forget when it comes to spring cleaning and laundry is that you have to clean your washing machine, especially if you have a front loading machine. Keeping your machine clean will reduce odor in your house and on your clothes, as well as protect your clothing from damage and mildew.

New School Spring Cleaning Laundry Tips and Hacks


The easiest way to clean your washing machine is to fill your machine with hot water and add about three cups of white vinegar and a half cup of baking soda. Let it sit for 30 minutes, run your regular wash cycle. Once your washer is clean, you can start on the actual laundry. I usually do a load of rags or sheets and towels right after I clean the washing machine, just in case there’s a little vinegar left in the machine, but there’s no real reason to do this, it’s just my own superstition!

New School Spring Cleaning Laundry Tips and Hacks

When my boys were little laundry was my favorite task because it was something I could start, leave for awhile, and then come back to finish. Now that I’ve got a teenager and a grade schooler, I don’t get quite the same kick out of it. There’s just so much laundry to do, and it doesn’t always smell the best! Not only that, but lately with all the new products, laundry has actually gotten a little confusing. Pods, powders, liquids,  beads, sheets? What do you use when and why?


I’ve become really fond of Tide PODS plus Downy. This product really does represent a new school way of doing laundry because the PODS make the process more efficient and better for you and your family. They are highly concentrated 4-in-1 pacs that contain detergent, stain remover, brightener, and Downy Fabric Protect technology to clean and condition your clothes in one step.

New School Spring Cleaning Laundry Tips and Hacks

The innovative, multi-chamber design separates key ingredients until they hit the wash for maximum cleaning power and they’re incredibly efficient. The pods clean as well as six doses of the leading bargain brand liquid detergent. Of course, Tide PODS are compatible with both standard and high-efficiency machines, so you can add the pods to the drum before you start the wash, despite what type of machine you have!

New School Spring Cleaning Laundry Tips and Hacks

Downy scent boosting beads also go directly into the washing machine with your detergent pac and do a great job of neutralizing odors and providing a wonderful scent that lasts all day. I’m not naming names, but if you have a kid who plays sports, this might be a great option for you!

New School Spring Cleaning Laundry Tips and Hacks

My friends in colder weather climates swear by Fabric Softener Sheets for reducing static. Here’s a little trick, you can rub a fabric softener sheet on your hats or hair brush to reduce hair frizz! Another great tip is to toss wrinkled clothes in the dryer with a Downy fabric softener sheet and wet sock for a few minutes to remove the wrinkles and static while giving your clothes a great scent.

New School Spring Cleaning Laundry Tips and Hacks


So, to summarize, here is the new school laundry regimen in one easy list!

  1. Tide PODS plus Downy
  2. Scent boosting beads
  3. Dryer sheets

Easy peasy, right?


If you’re here in Oklahoma, make sure you tune into “Living Oklahoma” on KOKH FOX25 this Friday, April 7th between 9am-10am to see me chatting about new school laundry trips!

In addition, try free samples of Tide PODS plus Downy and grab coupons this week at the following Walmart stores below. It’s part of the New School Laundry tour happening at 1,000 Walmart stores across the nation.

I’ll be at the Walmart Supercenter in Edmond at 2200 W Danforth Rd this Saturday, April 8th at 1-6pm handing out the samples and talking about laundry tips and tricks just in time for spring cleaning season, so I hope you’ll join me!

  • 1225 W I 35 Frontage Rd, Edmond – 4/6/17 – 12-5 pm
  • 7800 NW Expressway, OKC – 4/6/17 – 12-5 pm
  • 100 E I 240 Service Rd, OKC – 4/6/17 – 12-5 pm
  • 1801 Belle Isle Blvd, OKC – 4/6/17 – 12-5 pm
  • 1200 Garth Brooks Blvd, Yukon – 4/7/17 12-5 pm
  • 2000 W Memorial Rd, OKC – 4/7/17 – 12-5 pm
  • 2200 W Danforth Rd, Edmond – 4/8/17 – 1-6 pm
  • 333 N Interstate Dr, Norman – 4/8/17 – 1-6 pm
  • 501 SW 19th St, Oklahoma City – 4/8/17 – 1-6 pm
  • 5401 Tinker Diagonal St, Oklahoma City – 4/8/17 – 1-6 pm
  • 196 Shawnee Mall Dr, Shawnee – 4/8/17 – 1-6 pm
  • 3300 Tri City Dr, Newcastle – 4/9/17 – 1-6 pm
  • 951 E State Highway 152, Mustang – 4/10/17 – 12-5 pm

In the meantime, you can easily purchase new school laundry products at your local Walmart store or at!

This post was sponsored, but all ideas are my own.