Friday, May 1, 2009

The Best Laundry Product Ever

When I started making laundry detergent, I also started using vinegar in the laundry. I pour it into the fabric softener dispenser, which I hadn't been using, anyway.

Vinegar is a super laundry additive because it does all of these things:
  • Softens fabric
  • Reduces lint buildup
  • Removes soap residue that makes dark clothes look dull
  • Helps keep pet hair from clinging to clothing
  • Fluffs towels and blankets by removing soap residue
  • Controls static cling
  • Removes odors (smoke, perspiration, and others)
  • Kills bacteria
  • Sets the dye in new fabrics
  • Prevents yellowing
  • Attacks mold and mildew
Pretty amazing, right?

I use ordinary white vinegar, store-brand, which I buy in gallon bottles. For the results above, use 1/2 cup to 1 cup of vinegar per load of laundry. Don't try this with "dry clean only" items, of course.

Sources: Vinegar tips, HowStuffWorks, and Reader's Digest.

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5 comments :

  1. I new vinegar was good but I didn't know all of this! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  2. I have been using vinegar in some of my laundry loads, but not all of them. I still have some fabric softener to use up. Once its gone I'll probably switch to just vinegar. Much cheaper and does a better job I think.

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  3. Wow ok so the vinger smell soes not stay on your clothes? I do a lot of line drying and I usually have to fluff laundy just to remove pet and human hair.

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  4. If I can't get regular softener super-cheap (or free), I use a combination of vinegar and baking soda. I think the baking soda helps with smells. All I know is, I'm sure to do it over the machine, 'cause we all know what happens when you mix vinegar and baking soda, LOL!
    Now, I never knew that about it setting dye. Shoulda guessed, since we've been adding it to Easter Egg dye for years! I have these cheapo sheets I bought for my son's bed, which turn my water (and everything else) blue. Now I know to add vinegar to help with that. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. I was wondering if you can put the vinegar in the downy ball, if that would work?

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