Updated: May 4
Want brighter colors, more vibrant whites, and the power (and confidence!) to remove any kind of stain or odor? You don’t have to be a laundry expertise to get it done—these easy moves and solutions will put mastery in the palm of your hands.
STEP 1: Sort Sort laundry into the following groupings: White everyday laundry, colored everyday laundry, and linens like bedding and towels. Sort any patterned items based on the dominant color. If no single color is dominant, take your pick of piles. Tip: If you are washing a brightly colored garment or patterned item for the first time, test for color bleeding.
STEP 2: Pretreat Stains & Odors Pretreat stains with......for color-rich stains or the wash & stain bar for oil-based stains. Work in the appropriate solution with a finger or stain brush using small, circular motions. Don’t forget stain-susceptible areas such as underarms, necklines, and cuffs! In fact, it’s a good idea to treat these areas even if you don’t see any visible staining to prevent buildup from body oils and skincare product.
To treat pit stains and other stubborn, set-in stains, create a paste using a stain solution and whitner brightner. Work the paste into the fabric using the stain brush, dipped in hot water. After treatment, soak the item in warm water for up to 30 minutes. To remove odor, add ¼ cup of vinegar to the soak water.
STEP 3: Machine Wash Add Topanga Scents Detergent according to the machine type and load size. Tip: To prevent smaller items like socks and underwear from getting “lost” in the wash, add them into a mesh washing bag, then drop them directly in the drum of the machine. Add the following to…
Topanga Scents Fabric Spray: Smoothes wrinkles, leaves items buttery soft sans residue, and prevents wrinkles. It is best used with every other wash.
Whitner Brightner: Add to each load to whiten and brighten both whites and colors. Be sure to use hot water to activate the formula.
I recommend adjusting the water temperature and cycle setting for the level of cleaning required (dirtiness) and the size of the wash load. For example, white sheets and towels are best laundered with hot water and a long wash cycle, while everyday colors can be laundered using a normal cycle with warm or cold water. Or Handwash.
STEP 4: Dry & Finish Select the appropriate temperature according to the fabric content of your load. Cotton, towels, and linens can withstand tumble drying with high heat. For most other fabrics, use medium/low heat or line dry. To ease wrinkling, remove items from the dryer while still damp or line dry. For the ultimate smooth, fragrant finish, spritz with Topanga Scents Fabric Spray after removing from the dryer or between washes. To smooth wrinkles, use Topanga Scents Fabric Spray & Wool Dryer Balls.