A mother-of-two who runs a popular cleaning blog has shared her four-step secret for beautifully fresh laundry

A mother-of-two who runs a popular cleaning blog has shared her four-step secret for beautifully fresh laundry.

In a video uploaded to

what are the equipments used in laundry (Full Survey) Melbourne mum, who posts as ‘Mama Mila’ and has 58,200 followers, said she starts by fastening buttons and zips, then turns clothes inside out to prevent stretching and fraying around the hems.

Instead of pouring fabric softener over her laundry, Chantel said she douses it with half a cup of white vinegar which stops detergent accumulating on clothing and leaves the fabric soft and smelling fresh.

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Australian mother Chantel Mila (pictured) runs a popular Instagram page called Mama Mila which has 58,200 followers

Australian mother Chantel Mila (pictured) runs a popular Instagram page called Mama Mila which has 58,200 followers

The Melbourne cleaning expert fastens zips and buttons before turning clothes inside out to prevent stretching and fraying around the hems

She uses eucalyptus oil and bicarbonate of soda as a natural pre-wash stain remover

The Melbourne cleaning expert fastens zips and buttons before turning clothes inside out to prevent stretching and fraying around the hems (left), and uses eucalyptus oil and bicarbonate of soda as a natural pre-wash stain remover (right)

‘[White vinegar] is particularly great for musty gym clothes, towels and bed linens,’ she said.

For soiled clothing, Chantel said she applies a few drops of eucalyptus oil and baking soda as a chemical-free ‘pre-wash stain remover’.

She also adds half a cup of bicarbonate of soda to white washes to preserve whiteness and reduce yellowing and other discolouration.

Chantel’s final tip involves the washing machine itself, which she says must be kept pristinely clean if you want to keep clothes in good condition.

In December, she told fans that cleaning the inside of the washing machine once a month dramatically reduces the risk of clothes being marked in the wash. 

Instead of pouring fabric softener over her laundry, Chantel douses it with half a cup of white vinegar (pictured) which stops detergent accumulating on clothing and leaves fabric soft and smelling fresh

Chantel's final tip involves the washing machine itself, which she says must be kept pristine if you want to keep clothes in good condition

Chantel uses white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda instead of fabric softener (left) to prevent a build up of detergent, and says it is crucial to clean the inside of the washing machine (right) if you want to keep clothes in good condition 

Chanel shared a video on TikTok guiding viewers through her five-step solution for eliminating ‘scrud’, a build-up of detergent and powder that accumulates in the drums of washing machines and leaves stains on fabric.

She begins by wiping the seal around the drum with a dash of white vinegar and five drops of tea tree oil to kill mould.

Pump filters should be cleaned regularly to remove hair, coins and tissues that become trapped during wash cycles.

Once this is done, Chantel pours a cleaning agent like Pine O’Cleen into the drum and runs an empty 40 degree cycle before leaving the door open and allowing it to air dry.

The result is a mould-free, sparkling clean washing machine that keeps laundry fresher and immaculately clean.