When it comes to laundry products, you don’t have to search very hard to find one of the most inexpensive, non-toxic, and all-natural cleaners on the planet. In fact, you don’t have to look any further than your kitchen cabinet!
White distilled vinegar is an amazing multi-tasker when it comes to dirty laundry duty. It’s safe to use in both standard and high-efficiency washing machines, and unlike harsh chemicals, it won’t harm the environment.
Want to know more? Keep reading to find out how you can use vinegar in the laundry room for whiter, softer, spring fresh clothes.
Banish Yucky Mildew Odors
Letting damp towels sit in the clothes hamper is a great way to foster mildew growth, which tends to create a distinctively unpleasant odor. Don’t worry though, you can banish that unpleasant “wet dog” smell by adding 2 cups of white vinegar to your next load of laundry.
First, run your clothes through a plain hot-water wash cycle, using nothing but the vinegar. After that, you can add your favorite detergent and do a normal wash.
There’s just no way around it – most laundry detergents will leave behind an invisible residue. Over time, it can make your favorite blouse feel dingy and blue. Luckily, distilled white vinegar can bring your whites back to life and help your colors take on a brighter outlook. That’s because the acetic acid has the ability to dissolve soapy residues, without harming the fabric.
Add half a cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle for cleaner, brighter clothes. If you have an automatic dispenser, add the vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser.
No More Pet Hair Or Lint
There’s nothing more annoying than pulling out a sweater from the dryer, only to discover there are tons of little cat hairs sticking out of it. To keep your clothes from growing a new coat of kitty fur, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. It will prevent pet hair and lint from sticking to your clothes.
Cuddly Soft Blankets
The best way to spend a lazy Sunday morning is with a cup of coffee in one hand and a fluffy blanket in the other. Although vinegar will do a seriously sour number on your java, it can make your laundry soft enough to snuggle up with! Just add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the final rinse cycle, and you won’t ever have to worry about cuddling up with chemically-laden fabric softeners.
Keep Your Darks In The Dark
Dark blue and black clothes can look washed out after just a few spins in the washing machine. To keep your dark clothes looking dark, pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into the rinse cycle. This will help remove all the residues that make your laundry look dull.
Tackle Underarm Odor
The only thing worse than yellow armpit stains on your clothes is gross underarm odors coming from the exact same spot. To get rid of both of those problems, fill a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar. Spray it on the underarm area to remove sweat odors and stains before you toss your tops into the wash. The vinegar will also help dissolve deodorant residue, too!
Clean Your Iron
Your iron can take on mineral deposits from water, which can clog the steam vents and spray nozzles. To remove this gunky build-up, fill the water chamber with equal parts of white vinegar and distilled water. Next, make your iron sit up straight tall, and allow it to let off some steam for 5 minutes.
After the iron has cooled off, fill the chamber again with plain water. Shake the water through the vent holes onto an old piece of fabric, and then iron it. This will remove any remaining mineral residue, so that’s it’s ready to iron your real clothes.
Erase Old Hemlines
If you have young kids, then you probably know that the term “growth spurt” is an understatement. It seems like a new pair of pants can only be worn a couple of times before they turn into capris. Letting down the hem can extend the life of a pair of jeans, but then you have to contend with the tiny little holes that mark the hemline.
To make those holes disappear, moisten a wash cloth with white vinegar. Place it underneath the hemline and iron the holes away. Brilliant!
Bye-Bye Smokey Smell
People can usually spot a cigarette smoker just by getting a whiff of their clothes. The distinct scent can be hard to get rid of, but it’s not impossible! If you’re a smoker, be sure to add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle every time you wash your clothes. It will get rid of the “eau de smoke” aroma for good!
Wash Your Washing Machine
Cleaning your washing machine is just as important as cleaning your clothes. Soap scum and mineral deposits can do quite a number on your washer’s performance. That’s why you need to clean your appliance at least four times a year, at the start of every new season.
Thankfully, it’s super easy to keep this laundry workhorse running at full efficiency! Just run an empty regular wash cycle with hot water, and don’t forget to add 2 cups of vinegar. You’re all set!
White distilled vinegar is such a fabulous tool when it comes to making laundry chores a breeze. Since this inexpensive ingredient can do so many different things, it only make sense to keep a few bottles stocked in the laundry room.