In partnership with The Laundress
Significant others are great and all, but have you ever fallen in love with how clean your house is? This Valentine’s Day, make sure you’re showing a little affection to the space you call home — after all, it’s there for you 24/7. (Plus, it’s where your chocolate stash lives.)
“Your home is a representation of you,” Gwen Whiting, cofounder of The Laundress, tells Apartment Therapy. “It’s important to do something nice for it.” We couldn’t agree more. Here are five tips from Gwen on how to show your home how much you care.
1. Give Your Home a Signature Scent
Just like your favorite perfume or cologne, your home’s scent should evoke good vibes. The Laundress not only delivers with its fresh-smelling Signature Detergent, but it also partnered with one of our favorite perfumers, Le Labo, on two specialty offerings: Rose 31 and cult favorite Santal 33. Find which one speaks to you — Gwen is also partial to the sultry scent of No. 10 Fabric Fresh — and use it on bedding and towels for instant everyday luxury.
“It’s no secret that a messy home causes stress,” Gwen says. “Coming home to a clean space gives you the rest and relaxation you need at the end of the day.” Do one small upkeep task daily, like wiping down sinks and counters, to keep messes (and stresses) from growing. The Laundress Surface Cleaner works great on granite, marble, finished wood, and stainless steel. Plus, its blend of scents like eucalyptus, lavender, and bergamot refreshes without overpowering.
3. Make Your Purchases Count
The “fewer, better” rule applies to home maintenance, too: When cleaning products can multitask and go the distance, you don’t need many. The Laundress’ herbaceous Scented Vinegar can deodorize laundry and leave glassware sparkling. A small bowl of it can even conquer lingering room odors! And as its name suggests, the All-Purpose Bleach Alternative does everything from brighten clothes to revive bathroom tile. With the concentrated power of the Signature Detergent, a little goes a long way.
You wouldn’t use harsh chemicals to wash your face or shampoo your hair, so don’t do your home like that, either. “The best way to show your home some love is to use gentle yet effective eco-friendly products that will keep your cherished items clean and preserve them for the long run,” Gwen says. The Laundress products are biodegradable and cruelty-free. Plus, they don’t have any ingredients like petroleum, phosphate, phthalates, or artificial color. Even your delicates are safe thanks to the Delicate Wash.
5. Do Something Nice Just Because
Who doesn’t love a surprise for no reason? Spoil your space with a fresh bouquet of flowers, a new throw pillow, or just a moment to sit and appreciate how hard it works for you.