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Linda Cobb, the Queen of Clean®, has been sharing her entertaining and unique cleaning techniques on Arizona's Family's, Good morning Arizona, since 1995, every Monday morning at 8:45am and again on Saturday's morning show.

REMOVING BODY ODOR SMELL IN WORKOUT CLOTHES

As seen on: 3TV/phoenix (GMAZ) 6/20/22 at 8:45am

Technical fabrics are great for workouts and running because they wick away your sweat but, unfortunately, the bacteria, that causes the smell, gets trapped in the fibers and can be hard to get out.

First, some general laundry tips.  Keep your worn workout clothes in a separate hamper from other clothes.  Don’t spread the stink! Hanging them in the outside air helps prior to washing if possible.  Crumpled clothes hold odor in.

Turn them wrong side out prior to washing.

If you are prone to underarm staining moisten the area and work in Fels Naptha Bar Soap before you launder.

Do they really stink?  Run them through a rinse cycle with ½ cup of white vinegar prior to washing them.

Tech Fabrics like cool water.  Don’t use hot or even warm. 

Here are a couple of tricks that work and a new product to try:

Using baking soda helps. Pre-soak your clothes in a solution of water and Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (in the laundry additive area). Use the pre-soak setting on the washing machine or do it in a separate container. Then launder as usual.

White vinegar is an inexpensive and cheap odor remover. Soak your running clothes in a cup or two of vinegar mixed with plain water. Then wash as usual. Or, pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white vinegar into the wash (along with your regular detergent).

DEFUNKIFY is a product for washing active wear.  It launders and deodorizes.  I have had great success with it.  One small container (20 oz.) will do 28 loads of laundry. It is guaranteed to wash the funk out! 

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DIRTY LAUNDRY BOMB

Dirty clothes hampers can become pretty fragrant with dirty smelly socks, workout clothes and other fabrics waiting for laundry day.  I use a Hamper Bomb to keep the smell from creating stinky air in the room it is in.

Take a clean, old sock and put a cup or so of dry rice in it.  Add about 20 drops (more if you like) of essential oil.  I usually use lavender or orange, but you can use any oil you like.  Shake it up and then tie shut.

Drop this in the bottom of your laundry hamper.  The rice will absorb dampness and odor and the essential oil will lightly add fragrance.

QUEEN TIP:  When storing seasonal clothes, use this same bomb in plastic storage containers to keep fabrics dry and smelling fresh.  For wool clothes use orange essential oil.  Insects are deterred by the orange odor.

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QUEENS FAVORITE LAUNDRY HACKS

As seen on: 3TV/phoenix (GMAZ) 6/6/22 at 8:40am

HOW TO REMOVE SWEAT STAINS 

Dawn dish soap

Hydrogen peroxide

Baking soda

Scrub brush or toothbrush

Combine:

1 part Dawn dish soap

 2 parts hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Stir to combine.

Apply the soap and peroxide mixture to the stain(s), and sprinkle with baking soda. Don’t combine the Dawn, Peroxide and Baking Soda.  Use the baking soda sprinkled on top.

Use a laundry scrub brush or an old toothbrush to work the Dawn, peroxide, and baking soda into the garment fibers. Clean an area slightly bigger than the actual stain so you don’t accidentally miss any of it.

After scrubbing, let the clothing sit for at least an hour or so, and then launder as usual.

OIL AND GREASE STAINS ON CLOTHES

Oil-based stains are tough to eliminate from clothing.

 Remove the oil by treating with a mixture of equal parts baby powder and dish soap. 

Apply, work it in, let it sit 15 minutes or so.

Rinse and let air dry to see if the oil stain is gone.  If not, work in an oil based soap like Castile bar soap or ZOTE soap.  The oils in the soap will help to break down and remove the oil stain.

Rinse again and air dry.

QUEENS SUPER EASY MIRACLE LAUNDRY STAIN REMOVER

2 parts hydrogen peroxide

1 part Dawn Original or Ultra dish washing liquid

Combine in an opaque* squirt bottle and keep it in the laundry room. Shake prior to use. Saturate stain with it, let sit about 15 minutes to break the stain down and then launder as usual. Find inexpensive squirt bottles at the $$$ store.

Always check to be sure a spot or stain is gone prior to putting in the dryer. Heat sets stains in.

*Bottle needs to be opaque because light destroys hydrogen peroxide, turning it into plain water.

MAKE YOUR OWN BLEACH FOR LAUNDRY

This is a safe, effective, all- purpose bleach for all your laundry.

Combine in an opaque or dark container not a clear one.  Peroxide is broken down by light. I re-purpose a softener or detergent bottle and label it.

½ Cup Hydrogen Peroxide

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

3 – ¼ cups water

5 drops Tea Tree Oil or essential oil

Combine and use as you would regular chlorine or non-chlorine bleach

THE BEST YOU CAN BUY

Not everyone wants to make their own laundry spotters no matter how natural they are. Lots of times you just want to have something on the shelf in an emergency.

Here are two spotters I can highly recommend.

ZOUT ™ Laundry Stain Remover. Good for most stains. Find it in grocery, big box, home stores, Amazon etc.

De-Solv-It Laundry Saver.  This is the really big guns.  Works really well on old stains, even out of the dryer. If you think it’s ruined…try this before you toss it.  Find at home stores, Big Box, Amazon.


As seen on: GMAZ-3TV    Air date: 5/30/22 - 8:45am

HOW TO REMOVE SWEAT STAINS

Dawn dish soap

Hydrogen peroxide

Baking soda

Scrub brush or toothbrush

Combine:

1 part Dawn dish soap

 2 parts hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Stir to combine.

Apply the soap and peroxide mixture to the stain(s), and sprinkle with baking soda. Don’t combine the Dawn, Peroxide and Baking Soda.  Use the baking soda sprinkled on top.

Use a laundry scrub brush or an old toothbrush to work the Dawn, peroxide, and baking soda into the garment fibers. Clean an area slightly bigger than the actual stain so you don’t accidentally miss any of it.

After scrubbing, let the clothing sit for at least an hour or so, and then launder as usual.

OIL AND GREASE STAINS ON CLOTHES

Oil-based stains are tough to eliminate from clothing.

 Remove the oil by treating with a mixture of equal parts baby powder and dish soap. 

Apply, work it in, let it sit 15 minutes or so.

Rinse and let air dry to see if the oil stain is gone.  If not, work in an oil based soap like Castile bar soap or ZOTE soap.  The oils in the soap will help to break down and remove the oil stain.

Rinse again and air dry.

QUEENS SUPER EASY MIRACLE LAUNDRY STAIN REMOVER

2 parts hydrogen peroxide

1 part Dawn Original or Ultra dish washing liquid

Combine in an opaque* squirt bottle and keep it in the laundry room. Shake prior to use. Saturate stain with it, let sit about 15 minutes to break the stain down and then launder as usual. Find inexpensive squirt bottles at the $$$ store.

Always check to be sure a spot or stain is gone prior to putting in the dryer. Heat sets stains in.

*Bottle needs to be opaque because light destroys hydrogen peroxide, turning it into plain water.\

MAKE YOUR OWN BLEACH FOR LAUNDRY

This is a safe, effective, all- purpose bleach for all your laundry.

Combine in an opaque or dark container not a clear one.  Peroxide is broken down by light. I re-purpose a softener or detergent bottle and label it.

½ Cup Hydrogen Peroxide

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

3 – ¼ cups water

5 drops Tea Tree Oil or essential oil

Combine and use as you would regular chlorine or non-chlorine bleach.

THE BEST YOU CAN BUY

Not everyone wants to make their own laundry spotters no matter how natural they are. Lots of times you just want to have something on the shelf in an emergency.

Below are two spotters I can highly recommend.

Zout Triple Enzyme Formula Laundry Stain Remover Foam, 22 Fl Oz

  • The first enzyme helps remove tough protein stains such as blood, grass and sweat
  • The second enzyme works on starch stains like tomato & bbq sauces
  • The third enzyme targets oily stains like salad dressing, and margarine
Buy it HERE

De Solv It Stain Remover (12 Fl Oz)

  • For Stubborn Stains - This laundry stain remover eliminates permanent residues from your clothes!
  • Easy to Use - Spray, wipe, rinse, & you’ve already solved your search for a powerful spot remover.
  • Eliminates Foul Odor - Say goodbye to the toughest odors when you use our stain remover for laundry.
  • Pre-Wash Solution - Got heavily-soiled fabrics? Use this stain remover spray as a pre-treatment!
  • Safe for Skin & Hair - A kid-safe stain remover containing essential oils & organic wetting agents!
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LAUNDRY HELPERS YOU NEED NOW!  

As seen on: 3TV/phoenix (GMAZ) 5/22/22 at 8:40am & 5/28/22

These ideas will make laundry and putting clothes away so much easier.  Check them out now!  I am including links to the products that I use at the palace so that you can see them if you want to buy or know what to look for.

STORAGE FOR SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, BRAS, T-SHIRTS AND MORE

Pack of 6 Wardrobe Clothes Organizer, Transparent Mesh Drawer Clothes Storage for Bra, Underwear, Sock, Pant, Jean, T-shirt, Legging, Scarves

Amazing organizers for your drawers or shelves.  The one that holds socks saves space, keeps matching socks together and organized.  No more digging through your drawers.

Buy it HERE

GENIUS WAY TO STORE UNDERWEAR IN DIVIDED 16 OR 24 DIVIDERS

2 Pack Underwear Drawer Organizer  24 Cell or 16 Cell Collapsible Storage Boxes for Clothes, Socks, Lingerie, Underwear, Ties

Easily stores underwear where you can easily find it.  Keeps drawers neat.  Makes putting laundry away easy.

Buy it HERE

LINGERIE BAGS FOR WASHING UNDERWIRE BRAS ETC.

Large Mesh Lingerie Bags for Laundry, Bra Washing Bag for Washing Machine/Washer, pack of 3. These are perfect for underwire bras and regular bras.  Wash in the washing machine without ruining your expensive bras.  Order by cup size.  I order the large cup size because I wash like colors together.  Remove bras and hang to dry. Also great for other laundry as well.

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WASH ATHLETIC SHOES IN THE WASHING MACHINE WITH THIS

Laundry Bag for Shoes, Polyester Zippered Mesh Shoes Wash Bags, Washer and Dryer Safe Laundry Set of 2(XL+L)

Protects your athletic shoes and any other shoes you might launder.  Zip them into the bag and wash in the washer.  Pre-treat with laundry spotter and add detergent and you are ready to wash. Reshape shoes when done.

Buy it HERE

STORE DIRTY SOCKS, WASH THEM AND DRY THEM IN THIS

MySockkeeper Mesh Laundry Bag  is the best, especially if you have kids.  Hang it where the kids put their dirty clothes.  They toss their dirty socks in and when you are ready to launder you zip it and toss in the washer.  Then toss bag in the dryer and you will never lose a sock again.  Easy to put clean socks back in the drawer too.  No more sock sorting to find matching pairs.  Use a bag for each family member.

Buy it HERE

TAKE THE PAIN OUT OF FOLDING T-SHIRTS AND MORE

Shirt Folder Shirt Folding Board T-Shirts Clothes Folder Durable

Use this to fold shirts, T-shirts, blouses, dresses etc.  in seconds.  Folds flat, prevents wrinkles, increases storage space. You won’t believe how fast and easy this is.

Buy it HERE

SAY GOODBYE TO FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS

Wool Dryer Balls Organic XL 6-Pack, 100% New Zealand Chemical Free Fabric Softener for 1000+ Loads, Baby Safe & Hypoallergenic, Reduce Wrinkles.

These are the answer to using dryer fabric softener sheets.  They soften clothes and help to remove static electricity.  Use four for a normal load and 6 for a larger load.  You can add some essential oil to one of the balls to give your clean laundry a fresh, natural scent without chemicals.  You will save money too!

Buy it HERE

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