Few household chores have more potential to go wrong than laundry. With doing the dishes or cleaning the bathroom, there isn’t any wrong way to go about it. Sure, some cleaning methods are much more efficient than others, but, at the end of the day, things are probably still going to end up clean. Washing clothes? That’s a different story.
Every time I see a label on a new article of clothing, it has some weird symbol I don’t recognize. The instructions can be so confusing, it’s a wonder my clothes haven’t all bled together into one big tie-dyed mess. Thankfully, there’s an easier way. Instead of sweating over which detergent, fabric softener, and stain remover to use, it’s time to start using a common kitchen item that has a whole lot of potential in the laundry room: white vinegar.
For the longest time, I only used white vinegar in recipes. Now, I don’t see how it couldn’t be a part of laundry day. Here are the top 10 ways that white vinegar can make your clothes softer, brighter, and cleaner!
1. Detergent Supplement
Boost your next wash by adding a half a cup of white vinegar to the washing machine. It will increase the effectiveness of your regular detergent and help keep your clothes looking bright.
2. Fabric Softener
Vinegar has all the capabilities of a store-bought fabric softener without all those nasty chemicals. Simply pour a small amount into your machine’s fabric softener compartment and you’ll feel the difference.
3. Get Rid Of Sweat Stains
White vinegar’s acidic properties will make sweat and deodorant stains less likely to stay in your clothes.
4. Remove Unwanted Residue
Do you use powdered laundry detergent? If so, you’re probably familiar with the residue it often leaves behind. Have no fear – half a cup of white vinegar in your washer can get that right off.
5. Scent Neutralizer
We can’t control what scents stick to our clothes while we’re out in public, but we can control how long they stay there. Adding white vinegar to your washing machine will help get rid of nasty smells. Don’t worry, your clothes won’t smell like vinegar, either.
6. Stain Remover
Have a heavy stain that refuses to come out? Add half a cup of vinegar to a bucket of warm water. Allow your clothes to soak in the mixture overnight, then wash them the next morning and say goodbye to that stain.
7. Farewell, Fuzz
Some fabrics just love to collect animal hair and other assorted fuzz from around the house. When this happens to you, wash your clothes with white vinegar and notice how the fuzzies no longer stick to the clothes when you take them out of the dryer.
8. Eliminate Static
Static charge can be a real pain in the winter. Thankfully, washing your clothes with vinegar takes care of that too.
Ever wanted to know what it felt like to clean clothes before washing machines were invented? If you’ve got delicates that can’t handle a normal wash, all you need to do is combine six tablespoons of vinegar with some water and hand wash your clothes. Then, allow them to sit for 30 minutes before drying.
10. Washing Machine Cleaner
It’s true, even the washing machine needs to be cleaned. When you wash clothes with vinegar, you’re actually cleaning your washing machine at the same time.
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