10 ways to use vinegar for ultra clean laundry

If you go down the laundry detergent aisle at your local grocery store, you’ll no doubt find loads of different things that claim they can make your laundry fresher or get rid of all your tough stains.

They also cost a lot of money.

So why buy tons of different things with all kinds of chemicals in them when you can buy just one all natural ingredient for most of your laundry needs. White vinegar can work wonders on in laundry.

Here are 10 ways you can use white vinegar for the freshest laundry possible:

1) Disinfect Your Washing Machine

Neglecting to clean your washing machine can cause soap scum and mineral deposits to build up. This can leave a residue on your clothing and even restrict water flow and affect your machine’s performance. So, you’ll want to make sure you’re cleaning your machine properly about four times per year. Pour two cups of white distilled vinegar into your machine and run an empty cycle with hot water.

2) Make Your Clothes Pop

Use 1/2 cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle to make your colors brighter. The acetic acid in vinegar also helps to whiten up whites that are greying.

3) Banish Smokey Scents

If your clothes stink of smoke, try adding about 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar to your wash cycle to get rid of the smokey smell.

4) Get Rid of Mildew Smells

Damp items like bath towels or gym clothes can start stinking once they are left in the hamper. Your washing machine can also grow mildew if you leave wet laundry in it. Rid your laundry of this smell by pouring two cups of white vinegar into your hot water wash cycle.

5) Darken Your Darks

Detergent residue can also leave your dark colors looking dull. Use 1/2 cup of vinegar in your final rinse cycle to get rid of that residue and make your dark colors look darker.

6) Soften Up Your Load

You can skip the chemicals and cost of fabric softener and use vinegar instead. White distilled vinegar softens fabrics naturally. Pour 1/2 cup into your final rinse cycle. You can add a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender, to make your laundry smell nice.

7) Fight Underarm Odor

Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the underarm area. Let it soak in for about 10 minutes. Put your garment in the wash. When it comes out those nasty yellow armpit stains and smells will be gone.

8) Deter Cling

Make pet hair less likely to stick to your clothing by pouring 1/2 cup of vinegar into the rinse cycle of your laundry. This will also get rid of excessive lint from things like towels.

9) Prevent Your Colors From Running

Use a small cup of vinegar in your washing machine with cold water to prevent bold colors from running in the washing machine.

10) Remove Grease Stains From Suede

You don’t have to panic if you spill some grease on your suede clothing and accessories. Dip a toothbrush in some vinegar and brush the stained area with vinegar. It should look good as new once it’s dry.