15 Ways to Use Vinegar in Your Laundry
I don’t know about you, but doing the laundry is not one of my favourite jobs. So, when I discovered the miraculous use of white distilled vinegar for lots of laundry-related jobs, I was happy. I welcome anything that will make washing easier. Especially tips on removing stains, bad odors and reviving my cherished worn-out clothes.
These tips are amazing. But, a word of warning. Only use white distilled vinegar. And don’t mix bleach with the vinegar. Otherwise, you’ll have dangerous fumes escaping from the washing machine. And possibly wreak havoc on your health.
Here are the tips for using white distilled vinegar or white wine vinegar:
1. Fluff up your cotton blankets and wool
To restore the softness back in your blankets and wool, just add 500ml of white distilled vinegar to the last rinse cycle.
2. Renew those shrunken woolen jumpers
Don’t you hate it when your jumpers shrink in the wash? This method will stretch them back to their original size or shape. Mix 1 part white wine vinegar to 2 parts water and wash for 25 minutes. Stretch the jumpers afterwards. Then hang them to air dry.
3. Clean and disinfect your washing machine
If you don’t clean your washing machine regularly, it will produce soap scum. You can get rid of it by pouring 450ml or 2 cups of white distilled vinegar in the machine dispenser. Run the empty washing machine through a full cycle. Make sure not to add any detergent.
4. Stop colours from running into each other
I’ve had so many clothes messed up because of the colours running. This is definitely a simple miracle cure. Soak the clothes in 3 cups of undiluted white distilled vinegar for 10–15 minutes before you wash them.
5. Set the colour of newly dyed clothes
It’s annoying when the clothes you dye run and spoil the other clothes in the wash. Avoid that problem by adding 225ml or 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to the last rinse cycle.
6. Get rid of lingering cigarette smell from your clothes
Stale cigarette smell on clothes is not nice. You can remedy that by filling the bathtub with hot water. Then add 275ml or 1/2 pint of white distilled vinegar to it. Simply hang the clothes over the steam. For best results, keep the bathroom door closed. After a few hours, the cigarette smell will vanish.
7. Reduce annoying static cling in your clothes
There’s nothing worse than clothes clinging to your body. And giving off electric shock. Stop that by adding 275ml or 1/2 pint of white distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle when you’re washing.
8. Remove ink stains from clothes
Getting ink stains on your clothes can happen to the best of us. Remove them by treating the clothes first. Wet the patch that’s stained with white distilled vinegar. Then, make a paste of 2 parts vinegar to 3 parts corn flour. Rub it into the stain. Leave the paste on the clothes until it dries. Wash the clothes afterwards.
9. Remove crayon stains from clothes
The little darlings are famous for using your clothes or their clothes for colouring. To remove the crayon stains, soak an old toothbrush in some undiluted white distilled vinegar. Use the toothbrush to rub the stained area. And wash the clothes afterwards.
10. Remove scorch marks from clothes
My iron ruined some of my best skirts in the past, until I heard about this wonder remedy. To get rid of the scorch marks, rub the area with a cloth that’s been lightly soaked with white distilled vinegar. And blot with a clean towel.
11. Remove ingrained dirt rings from shirt cuffs and collars
Dirt rings can make your clothes look tatty. Blast those marks away by making a paste of 2 parts white distilled vinegar to 3 parts baking soda. Scrub the shirt cuffs and collars with the paste. You can use a toothbrush to scrub. Leave the paste on the clothes to set for 30 minutes. And wash them afterwards.
12. Care for baby clothes
If your baby has sensitive skin don’t use fabric softener. Use only half of the recommended detergent. After washing, fill the softener dispenser with white distilled vinegar. Put the clothes through an extra rinse. The vinegar will sterilize and neutralize any residue (which may cause a reaction to your baby’s sensitive skin) left by the detergent.
13. Care for your sensitive skin
If you suffer from sensitive skin, use the same method like the one above for baby’s clothes. It should prevent irritations and outbreaks on your skin.
14. Clean the soleplate of your iron and remove scorch marks
Scorch marks on your iron’s soleplate makes it impossible to iron properly. You can fix that by mixing a special paste. Heat equal parts of white distilled vinegar and salt in a small pan. And scrub the soleplate of your iron with the paste. Afterwards, dip a rag in clean water and wipe off any residue left on the iron.
15. Remove price stickers from the soles of shoes
Have you ever gone out with the price stickers stuck to the bottom of your shoes because you couldn’t get it off? Well, here’s a great tip for removing them. Soak a cloth in undiluted white distilled vinegar. Soak the stickers with the vinegar liquid for a few minutes. Then peel them off. They should come off fairly easy and not leave any residue behind.
Now that you know how to use vinegar in your laundry, I hope it makes the washing process more fun. It should at least take away some of the burdens that come with trying to remove stains, ingrained dirt, scorch marks and other laundry nightmares.
Have you got any secret remedies you use in your laundry to share with us? We’d love to hear it in the comment box below.