You can imagine having 3 kids under the age of 9 and living on a dairy farm is a recipe for dirty, stained, and smelly clothes. 

Bryce is in the stinky boy stage, sports uniforms, dairy work clothes etc. Maddie loves to wipe her mouth on her clothes and is always getting dirty outside playing in the mud etc, Naomi always has a little something from her meals on her clothes and like Maddie, is always covered in muddy water & sand from playing outside! 

Which don’t get me wrong, I would much rather wash dirty kids clothes at the end of the day because that means they are actually doing something!!?!

So with their clothes needing a good wash by the end of the day, I need a good recipe to make their clothes look like new again…

…and I have found the perfect combination and I’ll let you know what you can change up for personal preference. 

Right now I love using the 2 Tide PODS thrown into the bottom of the drum. 

Specifically with the stain remover + brightener!

Here is where you can change up your detergent if you like another brand but I can’t promise the same result.

*Here are my thoughts on natural laundry detergents*

I have tried natural laundry detergents, all the way to making my own laundry soap (liquid & powder form) and for what ever reason it doesn’t clean the clothes the same way Tide or Sam’s Club Laundry Detergent does. I read online that “natural” laundry detergents do not have the same enzymes in them to break down certain stains. I wish I could use better for you detergents but to be honest they don’t work for our lifestyle on the farm.

Then to the bottom of the drum, I pour in 1/2 of the cap full of Downey’s fresh protect-scent beads.

These really do make their clothes have a nice fresh smell!

*If you don’t like this scent there are a lot of other kinds or scents, event Dreft has their own kind of scent beads.

Here is the important part, OXI-CLEAN, this is a MUST!

I notice a HUGE difference if I do not use this!!! If you don’t agree with me on detergents or scent beads then at least try this…it is a game. chang.-er.

Depending on load size and how soiled the clothes are, depends on how much I add. I always add 1/2 scoop or full scoop if really dirty & stinky.

I buy mine in a big box from Sam’s Club or you can find anywhere you buy laundry detergent at.

Since my kid’s clothes are usually needing a good wash, I was them on warm, on Heavy Duty.

Now if they are REALLY soiled and need to be deep cleaned I will select, hot water, heavy-duty, and SOAK! 

Soaking is key with deeply soiled clothes and using Oxi-Clean!!! 

With complete transparency…

I’ve had a basket of odds & ends (clean) clothes that’s been sitting in the corner of the play area for about 3 weeks…I should probably just take care of that you know… 🙂

Let me know your secrets to washing dirty clothes!?!?

Have a great weekend, I meant to post this on Friday but you know a little thing called life happened, haha!

See you Monday because my Blog turn 4 years old Sunday and I’m sharing about it Monday 🙂

Talk to ya soon,



  1. Vanessa Place
    July 31, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    That is exactly how I was wash my laundry but with a different detergent.

      August 2, 2016 / 9:10 am

      Nice! Then both our households have clean clothes 🙂

  2. Kathy DeMoville
    July 31, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    I put vinegar and laundry detergent in the washer to help with "stinky" clothes or bed sheets – works great!

      August 2, 2016 / 9:11 am

      I'll have to try that, thanks for sharing! 🙂

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