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Inexpensive white vinegar can be used in the laundry to whiten, brighten, reduce odour and soften clothes without harsh chemicals.  Make sure you use the white vinegar for cooking that is usually found in supermarkets near the sauces etc; this has no additives and is made from the process of fermentation of corn.  The white vinegar you find in the cleaning aisle has other additives included and us usually more expensive.

White vinegar offers a cheap, natural and environmentally friendly cleaning option and can replace a number of chemical filled cleaners around the home; here we are focussing on the uses in the laundry:

  • To soften clothes and prevent lint from sticking to them, add 1 cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle
  • To remove odours from clothes add 1 cup of vinegar to a load of laundry
  • To remove pre-existing stains pre-treat with a mixture of 3 TBLSPNS vinegar, 2 TBLSPNS liquid detergent and 4 cups of warm water.  Rub the mixture into the stain and the wash as normal
  • To prevent colour fading, add 1 cup of vinegar to the was cycle
  • To prevent a new clothing item from bleeding colour, soak in a few cups of undiluted vinegar for 10 minutes
  • To prevent colours from bleeding in the wash, add 1 cup of vinegar to the load of laundry
  • To whiten dingy clothes, add 1 cup of vinegar to 5 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, remove from heat and add your dingy clothes, let them sit overnight and then wash as normal
  • To reshape/resize wool clothes soak shrunken clothing in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water for 25 minutes.  After 25 minutes reshape the clothing and let air dry
  • To kill bacteria in the laundry, add 1 cup of vinegar to the wash cycle.