White vinegar is a key ingredient of natural cleansing. Its high acidity makes it powerful for removing grease, disinfecting floors, and getting rid of unpleasant odors. But did you know that this magic ingredient can save you when it comes to laundry. Yes, it turns out that white vinegar is excellent for washing clothes while protecting them.
In addition to its cleaning action, vinegar can effectively fight against germs and bacteria. According to research developed by the University of North Carolina in the United States, vinegar is considered a household disinfectant capable of fighting potential pathogens.
Here are 10 uses of white vinegar for laundry care:
Eliminate stubborn stains
To remove stains such as mustard stains, ketchup, tomato sauce, and deodorants, simply spray a little white vinegar on the stain before washing.
Dissolve the detergent
The vinegar helps dissolve the detergent added to the rinse cycle, which makes the clothes cooler. Add half a cup of white vinegar to the rinse tank of your washing machine, and let it work its magic.
Caution : Never add vinegar to bleach. This will create harmful chlorine gas, a potentially lethal compound.
Start by filling your sink with cold water and adding ¼ cup of white vinegar. Let the swimsuit soak in the solution for up to 30 minutes, then rinse with cold water. Let it air dry.
Eliminate the smell of cigarettes
If your clothes smell like cigarettes, add half a cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle. To dry only clothes and furniture such as pillows and curtains, fill the tub with hot water and add a cup of vinegar. Hang clothes or fabric over boiling water and close the door so that steam can penetrate the fibers.
Eliminate animal hair
When doing your laundry, add half a cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar will help the fibers of the fabric to relax and release the hair.
Preserve the color of your clothes
The smell of white vinegar is not pleasant, but by adding a cup to your washing machine, it will act as a natural softener and help prevent fading of your clothes. The good news ? The smell of vinegar disappears in the wash.
If you do not like the idea of using high-scented commercial softeners , but want to make your clothes softer, white vinegar acts as a natural softener and leaves no residue on the laundry. Just add half a cup to the last rinse cycle.
If you like a light scent, add a few drops of an essential oil like lavender to the bottle of vinegar .
Commercial fabric softeners detract from the fire retardant properties of children’s clothing, especially pajamas, and should never be used for laundry. Distilled white vinegar is safe and hypoallergenic for all children’s clothing.
Clean the washing machine
A clean washing machine equals a cleaner laundry. Detergent residues and mineral deposits can accumulate in your machine’s hoses, limiting flow and water performance. Four times a year, remove residues and clean the pipes by running a complete washing cycle of the empty machine with hot water and two cups of white vinegar.
Clean the underwear
Most undergarments do not stand up to the aggressiveness of detergents and the washing machine. To preserve their delicate fabrics and eliminate microbes, bacteria and stains, pour half a cup of white vinegar into the sink previously filled with warm water. Dip your underwear for 15-30 minutes. Rinse and let dry in the open air.
Eliminate static electricity
Add vinegar to the laundry after the rinse cycle. Simply pour ¼ to ½ cup of white vinegar into the laundry load during the rinse cycle and your clothes should come out clean and free of static electricity. It’s ideal for clothes or cotton sheets.